Solar panels are making an important contribution in creating an energy efficient home. Home and business owners are slowly embracing this system to generate electricity and receive its benefits. However, before falling trap to the sales tactics used by some companies, you can consider some tips first on how you can buy solar panels and avoid trouble.
Your Location and Roof Orientation Matters
Solar panels are ideal for homes with south-facing roof that has little to no shade. A southeast or southwest-facing roof is fine, but you would get less power out of the panels. The amount of energy you could produce and the amount of money you could save will depend on your location and your roof’s tilt angle and orientation. If you live in the South West, you can get more sun than the North though this could not significantly affect the amount of electricity to be generated. In Australia, most roofs are angled between 30 and 45 degrees, and solar panels are not recommended for roofs facing north.
Knowing the Right Size
Size is an important buying consideration. The right size you need for your home largely depends on the space available on the roof and how much electricity you consume. It is not recommendable to buy such a large system for you cannot use 100 percent of your demand with the solar panels. Make the surveyor understand your electricity consumption for the right sizing of the system. You can use a solar calculator to get an idea of how much an average 4kWp system would cost.
Finding a Reputable Company
Get at least three quotes from companies and request them to make a site visit that includes a technical survey. You can also search for installation companies in your area that you can visit. The installer should be MCS-certified so you can qualify for the FIT or Feed-in Tariff scheme. Be careful with some salespeople who use tricky tactics, exaggerating the savings you could make. It is best to compare estimates of the costs and savings. You can find so many installers even on the web, and it is highly recommended that you thoroughly research solar energy facts before dealing with any company. You can even report dishonest companies that offer large upfront discounts or selling techniques that don’t let you see other quotes or take time to rethink their offer. Take advantage of the system and generate energy from solar technologies. Reduce your utility bill and even your carbon footprint.