A Guide To Converting Your Home To Solar EnergyOctober 12, 2021
With gas and oil across the nation increasing in price and the urgency to actively pursue sustainable energy use, it’s safe to assume that many will want to switch to more sustainable energy usage.
Converting your home to solar power may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually more simple than it seems! In today’s blog, let’s go over the steps that you can take to convert your home to solar power. This way, you can start to create a home energy strategy that uses home solar in the best way possible for you and your family.
Oh, and sustainability can also potentially save you money in the long run, which is always nice.
Converting Your Home To Solar Power
Over the last decade, solar power and technology have come a long way, especially when it comes to home solar. Across the country, and especially in Massachusetts, you can see solar panels popping up on houses frequently, as many have chosen to convert their home to solar power.
Can Your Property Support Solar Power?
The first step is to make an honest assessment of your home and property. Before contacting a solar installation company, there are some checks that you can perform to investigate whether or not your home is ready and capable of supporting solar panels in its current state. These include:
Trees And Shade
Checking the trees and shade on your property. Are your trees blocking out the sun or hanging over your home’s roof? You may want to consider having these trees trimmed or removed before installing solar, as they may block the sun from hitting your panels.
You will also want to take note of any nearby trees that are still growing, as they may grow to hang over your panels in the future, blocking out the sun.
Inspect Your Roof
Aging or subpar conditioned roofs and solar panels do not mix. You will want to make an honest assessment of your roof before considering a home solar installation. Do you expect to replace or perform upkeep on your roof within a few years? If yes, it’s best to make that task a priority before taking on solar panels.
If you need assistance with this step, our friendly solar consultants are happy to take a look, assess your roof, and answer any questions that you may have.
Make Sure You Comply With Local or HOA Regulations
Some states, towns, and neighborhoods have restrictions and regulations when it comes to making additions to your home. There is a good amount of documentation, paperwork, and permitting that comes with installing solar panels, so you will want to do your due diligence and research any regulations, restrictions, and approvals that you need to follow in order to install solar panels onto your home.
In addition, there are also online tools, such as Online Custom Solar Estimate, that use satellite technology to locate your home, quickly assess whether your home is suitable for solar power, and give you a custom estimate. Keep in mind that these tools are estimates and a qualified solar consultant is needed to make the final decision.
Research The Best Solar Panels For Your Home
Today, solar panels come from many different companies and many different forms. Each manufacturer brings its own innovation and efficiency to the technology within the panels. When deciding which solar panels to go with, make sure that you take your home’s energy needs and local area into account. Costs, technology, durability, and longevity are all factors that you will want to list and research before making your purchase.
And, when it comes to questions that are typically asked when it comes to adding residential solar systems to your home, there is one big question that stands out. We have the answer.
Yes, Solar Panels Can Power Your Entire Home
Solar panels are an incredible way to power your home. But, can solar panels power your entire home? The short answer is yes! Solar can indeed power your whole house. However, there are a few considerations that need to be taken into account first.
- Your home’s monthly energy consumption,
- The amount of sunlight your roof receives during peak hours,
- And, how many solar panels are required.
For more details, read through our guide breaking down how solar panels can provide sustainable energy throughout your home.
Another way to ensure that your home is powered solely, or mostly, by solar energy is to invest in solar battery storage.
Adding Solar Battery Storage To Your System
The addition of solar battery storage to your system is one of the best ways to conserve energy for your home. Over the years, these battery systems have become much more sleek, convenient, and efficient, and, depending on your model and storage capabilities can power your home for various periods of time.
Solar battery storage works by allowing excess energy created by your panels (which is typically returned to the grid in exchange for billing credits through net metering), to be stored within solar batteries. This energy can be used at night, during short periods of power outages, or whenever you so choose, more efficiently putting control of your home’s energy into your hands.
Can I Cut Ties From My Electrical Company?
It’s important to realize that solar battery storage does not allow you to break away from your utility company completely. Your panels will still require some grid-based energy to operate. However, you will not have to tap into the grid nearly as much, lowering your utility bills and allowing your home and family to use sustainable, renewable energy on a daily basis.
Consulting A Local Solar Installation Company
After you have gone through the above steps, it may be time to consult a local solar installation company. It is important to speak with a local company that specializes in installing solar in your area. This way, they deeply understand the local environment, especially when it comes to local regulations, permitting, and weather conditions.