If you are thinking about adding solar panels to your home, then you have more to consider than just the cost savings. In fact, there are a lot of considerations to make when deciding whether to choose solar panels as the best energy savings investment for your property.
What follows is a simple guideline you can follow to help you make the best decision about whether solar panels are right for you.
Is Your Home Right for Solar Panels?
Not every home is well suited for having solar panels installed. The roof of your home is the most important consideration since that is unused space that should be unobstructed to provide maximum solar energy, so here is what you should consider;
- Is the slant of the roof facing in a generally southern direction?
- Is there anything obstructing the sunlight to the roof, such as a large tree?
- Is the angle of the roof slant roughly 30 degrees?
- Is the roof structurally strong?
Any large obstruction or if your roof slant is facing north should rule out your home as suitable for solar panels. The degree the roof slants is important, but really only if it is very steep or very flat.
What Size Solar Panels do I Need?
The Size of the solar panels will be dictated by the space available on your roof and your budget. Most solar panel systems for homes will cost roughly £7,000 for an average system. However, it must be noted that the cost of solar panels has dropped over the past few years and they are expected to keep dropping as new technology and materials are being used.
What are the Maintenance Costs?
Actually, the maintenance costs are very small since solar panels have no moving parts and only need occasional cleaning. They are also quite resistant to the elements and well. The inverter however will probably need to be replaced in 20 to 25 years of normal use which can cost upwards of £1,000. However, that price may drop considerably in the future.
How to Find a Reputable Company for Installation?
You will want to look for a company that is MCS certified, which denotes that they have passed certain qualifications to sell and install solar panels on homes. You can also verify the recommendations from customers of these companies as well.
Once you are satisfied about the quality of the solar panel company, the next step is comparing prices. You should look for the best price that takes into account a survey of your roof, a short examination of when you are normally at home, the actual cost of installation and the benefits you will receive in terms of energy savings and the Feed In Tariffs in which the government offers cash payments for generating electricity.
Once all of this information is gathered, you should have a reasonable estimate on when the solar panels start paying for themselves in terms of energy savings. At that point, you should be able to choose the right solar panel company that will save you money with their product.