In a surprise move, on December 17th, 2015, U.S. lawmakers agreed to extend the 30% solar tax credit through 2019. This extension benefits small homeowners and businesses. This is AMAZING news for the homeowner or small business owner.
It is crucial to start taking advantage of the ample sunlight that shines down every day, as this renewable resource is a source of clean energy that does not pollute the environment.
Now that you have a financial incentive, it's time to start searching for what you want and need in terms of solar installation. Starting the task of searching for how to buy, install and use solar panels for your home or small business can seem daunting. Here’s a great video from Consumer Reports to help start your mind rolling on the initial questions to start asking, and where to begin, “7 Questions to ask Before You Go Solar.”
If solar power appeals to you, we recommend picking something small to start with. For example, there are outdoor lights that are completely run on solar energy. You can find them at big box and even home improvement stores. They are very easy to install. The lights can stay lit after a full day’s charge. A small investment of just a few solar powered garden lights is a great way to get started.
Once you’ve been inspired by personally experiencing this FREE renewable resource, you might ready to start looking into solar energy installation as your home or small businesses' energy source.
Here’s some information you will want to think about and gather before calling to speak with a solar installation company:
- Think about how you use your energy. Before switching to a solar energy system, you should have a good sense of the amount of power you use. Given that energy usage changes on a seasonal basis, gather your last years worth of energy usage. You can find this on your monthly energy bill.
- You need a reliable method for storing energy that’s produced from the solar energy system. A good battery can store a lot of energy for lengthy time periods. Alternately, you could sell your excess energy to your local utility. This process is called Net Metering. By staying connected to the power grid, you will be able to make use of the energy it provides in the unlikely event this becomes necessary.
- The efficiency of your solar panels will be dependent on their density. Denser panels may cost you more, but they will also give you more power. This is something to discuss with your solar installation company.
- Another option, is a panel system that tracks the sun for optimum efficiency.
- Are you tired of paying high heating bills or taking quick showers to conserve the hot water? Photovoltaic panels work best in areas that get about five hours of unobstructed sunlight. By using solar water heating, you can heat a swimming pool for cheaper.
- Are you outside the main utility grid because you live in a more rural area? It may also be a good option if you don’t mind paying more upfront money to reduce the environmental impact of your energy.
- We recommend a good solar water heater. The best solar-powered models are a third more efficient than electric models but solar energy will help you save money. Water in a solar water heater should retain its heat for at least 24 hours.
Making use of this knowledge will help prepare you and your home or business’s transformation to solar energy. When you want to make the switch, put these guidelines to use and then give ASE Solar Solutions a call for a free estimate on your home or small businesses’ solar panel capacity. We will talk share with you our knowledge, talk through your options, as well give you an estimate on installation.