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Super Solar: 5 Tips for Switching to Solar Energy

Tips to remember when making the switch to solar panel.

Many people want to stop relying on electricity alone and avoid that cost, which is driving many young people to solar energy. In fact, a survey shows that 92 percent of Americans are okay with the idea of switching to star power. The following are five tips to help you make the switch.

Compare

One of the most important things to do is to compare prices between installers. There are several companies springing up since many people are making the switch, so there is more than enough options available to you. Keep in mind that the price should not be below anyone else’s price.

Alternatives

solar-bulbIt might be a good idea to find out if your community is interested in making a solar switch together. One alternative to installing your own solar power is to install a solar grid that the entire neighborhood can share. Each neighbor will purchase a block of the grid, which should be enough, and it will save everyone money. Of course, some people simply do not want to make the switch, so you might have to do it on your own.

Roofing

One thing that is often overlooked is that you have to reroof your home. The panels are going to be placed on your roof, which means the roof has to be pristine because damage or any other issue could end up costing more than you bargained for. It’s not a bad idea to have a professional roofing service, such as A-1 Roofing Inc or someone you recognize and trust from your area, in order to be sure that you won’t need to worry about it for several years. Remember to read reviews and try to get references from past customers before you choose which service to use for this.

Solar Appliance Makeover

It would be a good idea to replace your appliances with their energy-saving counterparts. More and more options are available that help reduce the amount of power that you need. You do not have to do this, but it can decrease the amount solar energy you need.

Uncle Sam Savings

The government is giving tax cuts to homeowners who make the switch. There are a number of prerequisites that are involved with these tax cuts, so it might be a good idea to talk to your solar panel installation specialists about these tax cuts. This is not a guaranteed advantage, but it will mean a little extra savings for those who do end up qualifying.

These are just some of the most important tips to remember when making the switch to solar panel. Of course, talking to your installation specialist will be helpful. Do not be afraid to ask questions since this is fairly new technology, and it is okay to get some clarification.

Kara Masterson, the author of this article is a freelance writer from Utah.
She enjoys tennis and spending time with her family.

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