Many people these days are interested in solar power for their homes. But what about putting solar panels on your roof? That’s right—you can actually go beyond simply installing a few solar panels on your property to be able to power your home with clean energy. The idea of putting rooftop solar panels on my house was initially intimidating, but I soon learned that it’s actually pretty easy! Here’s what you need to know before you start shopping around:
Rooftop solar panels are becoming more popular across the country.
There are a lot of reasons to love solar power. It’s clean, renewable and doesn’t emit greenhouse gases or other pollutants into the atmosphere. It can reduce your carbon footprint and help protect our planet for future generations. Solar panels are also affordable and cost-effective — at least when compared with fossil fuels like coal or natural gas that contribute to climate change.
But many people don’t know how installation works or what it takes to get started with rooftop solar panels in their home.
Not all roofs are suitable solar arrays.
Your house must be able to support the weight of the panels, it must be able to withstand rain, snow and other weather conditions, and it must have a south-facing roof.
There are several different types of installation options for you to consider.
Rooftop solar panels can be installed on a new roof, or on an existing roof. The first step is to determine if you have a suitable location for rooftop solar. Your roof must have enough space for the installation, and there should not be any trees or other obstructions blocking access to the sun. If you plan to install solar panels yourself, you will need an electrician’s help with wiring them up to your home electrical system.
Rooftop solar is a significant investment, but costs are going down.
Solar panel systems aren’t cheap, but the costs are dropping. In fact, they’re dropping at such a rate that you might be tempted to go solar right now. There are a couple of reasons why the price of rooftop solar has fallen so drastically over the past few years:
- Technology advancements are making panels more efficient and less expensive to produce. From thin-film technologies that use less silicon than traditional panels and don’t require high temperatures during manufacturing to panel designs with built-in inverters (the components that convert electricity from DC to AC), our knowledge about how best to harness the sun’s energy is growing rapidly.
- Economies of scale have made it possible for us to get cheaper panels in bulk. When you install a lot of panels at once, your cost per unit will usually go down because manufacturers can invest in larger factories and research facilities. This means that even if individual components get more expensive over time—which is unlikely—you won’t notice too much difference on your monthly electric bill because you’ll be getting bigger and better deals! How great is that?
Installation may seem complicated but there’s a wealth of information out there, and it can be a great financial decision
Rooftop solar can be a great financial decision. It can also be an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint and get involved in an exciting new industry. The good news is that there’s a wealth of information out there, whether you’re considering investing in rooftop solar or have already purchased panels for your home—or both!
Installing rooftop solar panels is a great investment that can help you save money and give back to the environment. If you’re considering installing rooftop solar, let Viking Exteriors help get you started with a free inspection. We will work for you through the entire process to get your home more energy efficient.