June 2, 2017

Switching to solar is becoming more popular than ever. Using the sun’s endless supply of energy can help homeowners throughout the Vacaville and Dixon region of California reduce (and even potentially eliminate) their energy bills while preserving the environment and reducing the country’s reliance on fossil fuels.

While switching to solar is undoubtedly a great choice, there are some things you should think about before you jump in. Here are a few things you should know before going solar:

 

1. Is my home optimized for solar?

In an ideal world, every home would be positioned ideally for solar. Unfortunately, there are some cases that make having a solar installation more difficult. Take the following into consideration when determining whether your home could make the most out of a roof-based solar system:

  • Southern orientation

  • Minimal shading

  • Limited obstructions

  • Sturdy roof with a large, unobstructed surface area

Even if your home doesn’t fit all these parameters exactly, it could still have a solar system installed in an open area on your property.

2. How much energy does my home currently use?

A consideration that ties directly into whether your home is optimized for solar is how much electricity your home currently uses. It’s best to make improvements that will help reduce energy use prior to installing solar. For example, by making energy upgrades like adding insulation, air sealing, installing a tankless water heater, as well as a high-efficiency heating system and air conditioner, your home’s energy use will decrease.

Once your home is using less energy in general, it’ll be much more effective to put in a solar installation which will produce the majority (if not all), of the power your home needs. This will help you get the most out of solar and increase your monthly savings.

3. How can I make a solar system more affordable?

Although solar systems were once prohibitively expensive, they are much more affordable. However, as a homeowner you have other pressing expenses that need to be taken care of. Fortunately, paying for your home’s solar system can be simpler than you think.

By switching to solar now, you’ll be eligible for a 30% federal tax credit on your returns. This means that you’ll receive 30% of the total cost back. In addition, you can use financing options to split up the cost over time, so your energy bill savings can help you pay for the whole system.

Greiner can help you go solar

Our team of experts at Greiner can help answer all of your questions about going solar. We can install energy upgrades to prepare your home and then install your solar panels. At Greiner, we’ll help you get the most out of solar for your Winters or Woodland area home.

Get help preparing your home for solar. Contact us today to schedule a consultation for your home!

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