GREEN SPACE: Ready To Go Solar? Read Before You Leap

“Going Solar” sounds like a worthy idea to many of us. Using the sun’s energy to power our houses could be a great benefit in many respects. Not only could you lower your energy costs, but you could also be reducing your dependence on fossil fuels and thus contributing to a cleaner environment. But does…

Published March 9, 2014 3:08 PM
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“Going Solar” sounds like a worthy idea to many of us. Using the sun’s energy to power our houses could be a great benefit in many respects. Not only could you lower your energy costs, but you could also be reducing your dependence on fossil fuels and thus contributing to a cleaner environment. But does it really make sense for you? Before jumping on board, there are a number of important factors to consider.

“Going Solar” sounds like a worthy idea to many of us. Using the sun’s energy to power our houses could be a great benefit in many respects. Not only could you lower your energy costs, but you could also be reducing your dependence on fossil fuels and thus contributing to a cleaner environment. But does it really make sense for you? Before jumping on board, there are a number of important factors to consider.

Solar panels can be somewhat expensive, so it is best to review your current energy bill. The more you currently pay in your energy bill, the more you stand to gain by going solar. If you’re interested in doing a quick analysis of whether you’re a good candidate for going solar, visit FindSolar.com, a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The upfront costs of a solar system are high, but numerous financial incentive programs are in place to help make the technology more affordable. Find out if you qualify for federal, state, or local tax credits and rebates. According to some sources, state and federal incentives can reduce the upfront cost by up to 50 percent. Another option for financing the cost of a solar system is to lease it from a company such as SolarCity.

A solar system is only worth installing in areas that receive adequate sunlight. Therefore, if your roof is under shade for most of the day, this will dramatically reduce the efficiency of the panels. If there are trees shading the roof, you will need to determine if they can be trimmed.

Having a roof with a southern exposure, and may have serviced by Planet Roof, is the most effective orientation for solar panels. While other roof orientations can work, they are definitely less effective and require a larger, more expensive system. It is obviously best to consult with your solar installer to determine whether your house’s orientation is suitable for the panels.
Solar panels generally last 25 years or more and lose about .5 percent conversion efficiency per year. The panels require minimal maintenance; just hose them off a few times during the summer and keep leaves off of them in the fall.

Some experts like the ones at solar companies essex suggest that adding solar panels to your house will increase its value because they provide savings on electricity, are durable and long lasting, and operate with minimal maintenance. Despite these benefits, in most places they don’t increase your property taxes, like other home improvements do. Some studies have also shown that houses with solar panels sell faster than comparable homes.

As with any major home renovation project, talk to a few solar companies before you commit to a panel installation. If you live in Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Cheshire or Merseyside, there are incentives to install solar power and reduce energy consumption. Even if the pricing is somewhat similar, be sure to consider other factors, such as the reputation of the installer and the extent to which they will assist you with figuring out government rebate programs and the permitting process.

Here’s hoping for many sunny days ahead!

— Rye Garden Club Conservation Committee

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