Is Your Home Good for Solar? Find Out Now


| 4/25/2016 9:13:00 AM


Tags: solar power, Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage, Massachusetts, solar homes,

is your home fit for solar

Home solar power is more popular than ever in the United States. Last year, the U.S. installed enough solar to power 5.4 million homes across the country. It’s no wonder homeowners love being powered by the sun: when you install solar PV, you can save money on your electricity bills, increase your property value, and do your part to protect the environment. If you’re starting to think about going solar, knowing that your home and solar are a good match makes the shopping process even easier. Here are the top five questions and answers that will help you determine whether solar is right for your home (read on, it might surprise you):

1. How big is your electricity bill?

The factor that has the biggest impact on your long-term solar savings isn’t how sunny it is where you live – it’s how much you pay for your electricity. If you have high electricity rates, solar can save you major cash, even if you don’t live in the sunny Southwest. Don’t believe us? New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York are proof: the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ranked all three Northeastern states in its Top 10 Solar States for 2016.

2. What direction does your roof face?

You might have heard that your roof needs to face south for solar to be a worthwhile investment, but that’s no longer true. While it is true that your solar panels will produce more electricity if they are facing perfectly south, solar makes sense even for homes with east- and west-facing roofs. Since the cost of solar has dropped significantly in the past few years, significant solar savings are possible for you even if your roof doesn’t face perfectly south.

hal
5/6/2016 8:19:23 AM

Wondering if roof -mounted solar panels can deal with the large hail (tennis ball sized) that happens occasionally in central Oklahoma?


nick
4/26/2016 3:56:52 PM

This article did a great job covering the basics of what you should consider when starting to look into going solar. Shopping around is key. In addition to the Energy Sages resource, you should also consider - http://solar-power-now.com/





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