Ways to save
When considering going solar, it’s important to match the size and scope of your solar system to the current and projected energy needs of your household. Researching your options for a solar system comes down to two variables: what energy needs must be met, and what the solar resources available in your geographic area are.
Installing the right size system will allow you to meet your household needs and also ensure a good long term return on investment. If you spend some time collecting information and being clear on your goals, you can be sure to get a system that offers ample power and good value.
Household Energy Usage
It is also important to look into the future and consider any changes that may impact your energy needs. These include such things as converting your heat and/or hot water to electricity, additions or subtractions to the number of people living in the house, the addition of a plug-in electric car, or new electrical appliances like a heat pump or central air conditioning.
Energy Production Goals
Are you looking to generate enough power to offset your annual energy usage or do you want to simply offset a certain percentage of your energy requirements? When considering this goal it is important to remember that solar system production will not necessarily follow with your energy consumption in any specific period. Your focus should be what percentage of your annual energy usage you’re looking to offset with a solar system, or your target annual energy production
Solar System Efficiency
Take a look at the tax incentives/rebates offered by the federal government, your state government, and the local power company–programs like the federal income tax credit can help offset the cost of your system significantly.
There are also a number of ways to finance a system, ranging from an outright purchase to long-term lease and power purchase agreement programs, so be sure to explore all options offered to you by your dealer to determine what will make the most sense for you financially.
Finally, every state and locality has its own set of policies and options for net metering, grid-connection and permitting requirements. Net-metering reg
Working with a local solar dealer who has some understanding of these options, and understands how to size a system in terms of kWh production versus kilowatts installed, will ensure that you ultimately find the right system to meet your energy goals.
Curious about your solar options? Interested in learning more about choosing the right system for your household’s energy needs?