This is the year when you install that first residential solar energy system. How do you know what to get? There are plenty of solar solutions on the market, but they are not all the same. Here are four points to keep in mind as you evaluate each of those options.
What Type of Solution Would Work Best
There are basically three types of residential systems that you will encounter. One is an on-grid system that allows you to pass on excess energy to the local power company, hopefully in exchange for credit on your bill. An off-grid solution works well in terms of storing energy that you do not use, and cutting the reliance on a grid altogether. The hybrid variety combines features of the other two, allowing you to draw on the benefits of each one.
If you’re primarily interested in reducing your power costs and having easy access to a backup system when the grid is down, a hybrid system is worth investigating. At the same time, if you want to get off the grid completely, a stand-alone solution is best.
The Potential For Tax Benefits
Depending on what you choose, there may be federal or state tax benefits that you can claim. Any system that you choose will have to meet the qualifications for receiving the benefits. Its’ easy to secure information that will help you determine if a given system is eligible.
One element to look at closely is the energy rating. A system that meets those standards is likely to be eligible for the benefit. When in doubt, ask about the specific system and see what sort of response is received.
Reviews By Current and Past Customers
One of the great things about online access is that you can easily find out what others think about any of the solar solutions you’re considering. There are sites that provide the chance for people to leave detailed reviews, pointing out any of the advantages and potential drawbacks that they’ve experienced.
You can also look on social media. There may be groups or pages set up that are dedicated to one or more of the solutions you are considering. What you learn there could help you decide if a particular system is worth it, or if you should look at something different.
The Anticipated Life of The System
As with any type of solution, you’ll find that solar energy systems have projected useful lives. Take a close look at the warranty terms and conditions to get an idea of how long that life may be. You also want to consult any literature the manufacturer makes available.
What you are likely to find is that most systems are projected to last for somewhere between two and three decades. In actual practice, there are some home systems that were installed up to four decades ago, and still work well.
Remember that a residential solar energy system is a major investment in the home. Take your time, and feel free to ask any questions that are on your mind. With a little patience and attention to detail, you will soon settle on a system that’s right for your home.