Making the switch to solar energy is something you’ve probably never done before.
You only go solar once, so it’s not like making the switch to solar energy is something you have experience doing. In order to make sure that you have the right solar energy system, you take advantage of the right rebates and incentives, you choose the right financing options, etc., you need to make sure that you don’t skip any steps in the process. In our last blog, our solar energy experts in Granbury went over steps one through five of switching to solar energy. Here are a few more steps you won’t want to miss in the process:
Step #6. Get your roof inspected.
In our last blog, we talked about how the slope, shape and materials of your roof can make a difference in how easily solar panels can be installed on your roof. But it’s also important to determine if your roof is sturdy enough to handle solar panels. Get your roof inspected for any shingle damage or leaks before you take any further steps to installing solar panels. This is also a good time to find out if it’s necessary to move any drain pipes, skylights or other things on your roof that could impede the installation process. If roof repairs — or even replacement — are necessary, make sure you get them completed before doing anything else. Also, find out if it’s possible for the roofer to install solar mounts while they are repairing or replacing your roof.
Step #7. Learn about financing options and incentives.
The cost of solar panels is much more affordable than it used to be, but it still takes an investment to install them on your home. Luckily, there are financing options available to you; you just have to know where to look! Here at Apex Home Energy Savings, we offer 100 percent financing through HFS Financial. Rates start at just 2.99 percent, and for a limited time, you won’t have to start making any payments for five whole months.
In addition to financing, there are many rebates and incentives that you can take advantage of to save more on a solar energy system. Check out our previous blog to learn about how to save on going solar in Texas.
Step #8. Secure the permits that you need.
Before your contractor can install solar panels onto your home, they need to get an electrical permit, which will also require an electrical inspection. There is also documentation that you need to provide to your utility company before installing solar panels, including the specifications of the inverter, an application for electrical service, an electrical diagram of the generating system, etc. If you choose the right solar energy company to work with, they should make sure that you meet all permitting requirements.
Step #9. Research energy storage and buyback options.
Did you know that you can help to offset the cost of installing a solar energy system by selling your excess energy back to the utility company? But before you make a plan to go solar revolving around the idea of selling back the energy you don’t need, you’ll need to do some research into the process and the options available to you. It’s also a good idea to learn about what kind of energy storage options you have as well.
The process of making the switch to solar energy can be complicated, and we hope that this step-by-step guide will help to make it smoother and easier. Are you ready to take the first step towards making the switch to solar energy in Granbury? Contact us today at Apex Home Energy Savings to get started.