Making the switch to solar energy isn’t something you do every day.

There are many reasons to go solar, but regardless of whether you’re interested in installing a solar energy system on your Granbury home because you want to enjoy smaller energy bills or you want to do your part for the environment, there are several steps you should take in the process. At Apex Home Energy Savings, our goal is to make the process of switching to solar energy as painless as possible. That’s why we’ve come up with this step-by-step guide to going solar.

Step #1. Make sure you have approval.

If you live in a community with a homeowner’s association (HOA), then before you do anything, you’ll want to ensure that you can install solar panels onto your home. Luckily, Texas passed a bill in 2011 that drastically limits HOAs ability to prohibit homeowners from installing solar energy systems, but there are some exceptions. But, even if you don’t live in an HOA, it’s always a good idea to check with your neighbors or local planning commissions.

Step #2. Find out if your home gets enough sun.

How much energy you get out of your solar panels will depend on how much sunlight your roof gets. Too much shade cast by nearby tall trees or buildings can prevent you from getting enough sunlight to make your investment worthwhile. In order to get the most energy, it’s best if it’s possible to install your roof’s solar panels facing south. If you have any questions or concerns about the viability of installing solar panels on your home, then call in a professional solar energy company, like Apex Home Energy Savings.

Step #3. Find out if your roof is the right slope, shape and material for solar panels.

Solar panels can be installed on most roofs, but some roofs are better suited for them than others. The slope of your roof, for example, can affect how much light your solar panels get, as well as how much precipitation they are subjected to. If your roof is too steep, it limits your panels’ exposure to sunlight, and if it’s not steep enough, moisture can’t run off as easily, and it could impede your panels’ efficiency.  The best roof shape for solar panel installation is large and rectangular with few drain pipes, chimneys, skylights and other impediments. However, very few roofs actually fit this description, and installers can make solar panels work on the vast majority of roofs. The material of your roof should also be considered. Slate and wood shingle roofs are the most difficult to install solar panels on because they’re not durable enough to handle the weight of solar panels. Again, if you have questions or concerns about if your roof is right for solar or not, call the professionals.

Step #4. Research solar companies.

There are many solar companies you could turn to, but choosing a solar company is a big decision that you shouldn’t take lightly. Picking the right solar company can make the entire process a lot easier. For example, the right solar company can help you determine which financing options, as well as rebate and incentive opportunities, are available to you, whereas the wrong solar company might not even know the current financing or incentive options. It’s important to hire solar contractors who are informed, highly trained and experienced — like the contractors at Apex Home Energy Savings.

Step #5. Get an estimate.

Before you take any further steps, you’ll want to get a good idea about the kind of investment you’re looking at making. Having a professional come out to your home and give you an estimate will also help to clear up any questions or concerns you have about the process of installing solar panels on your home, including if you’ll get enough sun at your home to justify the investment and if your roof is right for solar panels.

You don’t make the switch to solar energy every day, but in order to save the most money and get the very best solar energy solution for your needs, there are a few steps in the process that you shouldn’t skip. In our next blog, we’ll be going over the next steps in the process of switching to solar energy. If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call!