Interested in switching to solar but don’t know where to start? With so much information online, researching your solar options can be overwhelming. Solar technology is always advancing, local and federal tax incentives are constantly changing, and scams, cheap products, and misinformation are everywhere you turn. How do you know who to trust to go solar?
Don’t worry! The experts at Steel City Solar are here to help.
Here at Steel City Solar, our experts will guide you through every step of your solar buying process. We want you to have the information you need to get started, so we’ve put together this short list of important things to consider before making the switch to solar.
1. Consider Your Goals & Determine Your Usage
Before switching to solar, it’s important to get clear on your goals. Are you trying to go off the grid, or are you trying to zero-out your power bill? Is it your mission to reduce your carbon footprint, or are you looking to add value to your home? Your goals will determine what type of solar system is right for you.
You’ll also want to take into account the amount of energy you use, as it will tell you what size and type of panels you’ll need. The utility company uses kilowatt-hours to determine how much electricity you pay for that month. You can consult your previous energy bills to see your monthly usage.
You can also calculate the amount of energy used by each appliance in your house. Each appliance has a rating that tells you how many watts of power it uses. For example, your oven might be rated around 2,000 watts, or 2 kilowatts. (1 kilowatt equals 1,000 watts). With this information, you can calculate the total amount of energy used: 2 kilowatts x.05 hours = 1 kilowatt-hour of energy used by your oven.
Need help deciphering your energy usage or have questions about how solar can help you meet your energy goals? We’re here to help. Set up a free consultation with the experts at Steel City Solar to get help on finding the perfect solar panel system for you.
2. Do Your Research
There are many different types of residential solar systems available today, so having goals and energy usage in mind will allow you to go into your research with a more defined view.
Not all solar panels are created equal. There are differences in size, energy output, and overall quality to consider. Aesthetics, maintenance, warranties, and upfront costs all differ, too. It is important to choose what your top 3 priorities are in your ideal solar system and keep those in mind when doing research.
If you find yourself in “analysis paralysis” call us at Steel City Solar and let us help you sort through your choices and find what’s right for you.
3. Pick Your Solar System
Of the many solar panel options out there, most fall into these 3 categories: monocrystalline panels, polycrystalline panels, and thin-film solar panels.
Monocrystalline panels are the most popular option for residential roof-top installations. These panels are popular due to their appearance and have the highest efficiency rating of the three types.
Polycrystalline panels are ideal for designing a solar system on a budget. These panels cost less, but are generally less efficient than monocrystalline.
Thin-film solar panels are flexible and lightweight, but the least efficient of the 3 types. Thin-film panels are often used in large-scale operations because of their lower efficiency ratings.
Each type of panel aligns with different goals and has different advantages and disadvantages. Steel City Solar has research and consultation experts that are here to help you feel confident about choosing your system.
4. Choose the Right Solar System Installation Company
Working with the right solar company will save you time and hassle in the long run, so make sure you feel fully comfortable with who you choose. You want a company that excels at customer service and will look out for your needs wherever and whenever you need them–both before and after your system is installed. Find out if they will respond quickly, conveniently, and professionally if your system needs maintenance. And make sure their products are high quality and backed by sufficient warranties.
At Steel City Solar, our staff has the training, experience, and premium products that make us a great choice when it comes to switching to solar. We believe every home’s energy needs are as unique as the family inside. Our experts will work with you to design and install a solar system based on your specific goals.
If you choose to work with Steel City Solar, you can trust that your solar system will be installed with care, and that we’ll stay by your side long after you get your first few energy-saving bills.
P.S. Be cautious of the scammers out there! Read this article to know when to say no to potential solar panel scams.
5. Act Now
Now is the time to switch to solar! Federal and local solar incentives are progressively getting smaller (and disappearing completely!) as solar technology becomes more popular. If you’re looking to maximize your return on investment, now is the time to make the switch. In 2020, owners of new systems can deduct 26% of the system cost from their federal taxes. In 2021, new solar owners will be able to deduct just 22%. The numbers will continue to decrease until the incentives are completely gone. The sooner you act, the greater your incentives will be.
Go Solar: Steel City Solar is Right For You.
When you choose Steel City Solar, we’ll take care of the rest! We are passionate about providing accurate and up-to-date information on solar technology and take pride in helping you on your solar journey. Our team of experts is ready to guide you through each step of getting the perfect solar system for your home, so give us a call today.