Going solar is a great investment option with payback periods as short as two years under the right circumstances. This is partly due to the fact that the United States has the lowest commercial and residential solar system prices in the world. However, it helps to keep yourself well informed on the right products, installers, and systems. Read on to learn more about how to shop solar the right way.
HAVE A CLEAR GOAL
Some people want to go solar for clean energy while others do it to save money. Most of the shoppers though are somewhere in between – they are glad to do the right thing as long as it also benefits them financially. Fortunately, the technology is such that it is possible for you to achieve both these goals as long as you know exactly what you are looking for. Home Energy Systems works with their customers to meet their individual goals whether it is to save money, save the planet, or a little of both.
UNDERSTAND YOUR ENERGY USAGE
If you are looking to go solar so that you can save money, you need to understand the rewards that you get from exporting the excess energy to the grid. The feed-in tariffs vary from state to state and you need to get a clear picture of the numbers before you decide on the size of your system. It is important for the system to meet all your daytime needs. This depends on how much electricity you consume and when you consume it the most. Through free solar energy evaluations Home Energy Systems can evaluate a customer’s energy use and find a system best fits their needs.
DO NOT LET PRICE BE THE ONLY FACTOR
Almost everyone who shops solar wants to get the best deal on solar systems. But be wary of deals that seem too good to be true. If they go hand in hand with high wire sales tactics, that is a definite red flag. Keep in mind that you are going for a once-in-a-lifetime deal. Do your research into installer and the components that they use. A good solar system should run for 25 years with inverter replacements every decade.
YOUR ROOFTOP SHOULD BE WELL SUITED FOR THE SYSTEM
Not all rooftops are suited for solar. Partial shading can impact the output of the solar system, unless the installer uses power optimisers and panel-level microinverters to allay the effects. Just like you would not want a solar system that is too big for your needs, you should stay away from systems that are not going to pump out the expected output because of obstructions or shadings nearby.
CHECK OUT REVIEWS OF THE COMPANIES AND PRODUCTS ONLINE
We live in the cyber age – all it takes is a few clicks to find out all you need to know about the companies and products online. Get all the scoop you can on the company that you have been in touch with via Google. Check customer reviews across sites and see if there are any recurring complaints. If more than a few customers complain about sloppy installations, false promises and poor maintenance services, it is a clear cut sign that you need to avoid the company and keep looking further. Check out H.E.S. Solar’s reviews on Yelp and their BBB ratings.