Homeowners are realising that adding solar to their houses is not just benefiting the planet but has huge up sides financially.
Many property owners who are on the fence about disconnecting from the grid and making the change to solar living need to check out the clear and simple points below which will help give you a push in the right direction to making the commitment.
Here we will outline three ways you can save money on the installation in both the short and long term of the ownership of your home. Remember that installing solar on an investment rental property can also increase the rental yield and again further help the environment.
1. Measure up your roof space yourself
Coming up with the initial investment for the solar installation is the biggest reason why most people don’t get solar in the first place.
Depending on the size of your house and how much sun your roof receives the installation costs will vary greatly.
But there are several ways in which you can minimise this initial cost. Such as measuring how many square meters of roof space you have that receives sunlight. If you do choose to do this make sure you use the correct safety gear for your roof type. For metal roofing we recommend the right ladders, harnesses and footwear to get the correct traction on metal roof surfaces.
We do not recommend measuring the your roof surface if you don’t have the correct safely gear and remember to always get help from another person. Never attempt to work in a potentially dangerous environment alone.
2. Installing the most up to date solar panel technology
The technology is constantly changing and being updated in the solar panel industry. Solar cells are getting smaller and smaller while supplying more energy to the owner.
Make sure you conduct proper research and your getting the most recent solar panel design installed on your roof. Many companies will try and offer you discounted rates for out of date technology and while this may seem like a saving on the initial install it will cost you significantly more over the lifetime of home.
3. Get at least 5 quotes from different install companies
It’s a fact different install companies will have different installation rates. The price of getting panels put on your roof will vary greatly depending which company you chose.
We recommend getting at least 5 quotes for the cost of the total install, in writing, with exactly what type of panels they will use and the time it will take to install them.
You’ll most likely be surprised in the different total costs that come back to you. Prices and quotes can vary between thousands of dollars even for small jobs and getting multiple quotes will most likely allow you to choose a company that can work within your time frame.
Follow the steps above and it will inevitably save you a large amount on the on the solar install on your home or investment property.
If you have been on the fence about getting solar installed remember that if it’s done right you will start to save money over the lifetime of your home and increase the value of the sale price if you sell in the future all while helping to lower carbon footprint on our environment.