Switching to solar energy is an important financial decision. Are you ready for this long-term investment? Keep reading to find out how you could minimize the cost of your solar energy system.
Start by doing some research on local programs and organizations that foster the use of clean energies. You might be able to get grants to help you finance your system. These programs are not available in every state. You should also go to your financial institution and ask what kind of loan you are eligible for. You might have to focus on improving your credit score, so you can get a loan with a good interest rate to finance your solar energy system.
The cost of your system will depend on how many panels you purchase. You can reduce the number of panels you need, if you cut down on your energy consumption. This is an investment too, but it will make solar energy a lot more affordable. Start by improving the insulation of your home, if you find that you spend too much on heat or on your AC unit. And if your fridge or washer and dryer are too old, replace these appliances with newer energy-efficient ones.
You can minimize the cost of your solar energy system by finding the best prices for solar panels. Use the Internet to compare prices and products. You should know that thin films are the most efficient panels, even if there are a few clouds in the sky. They are also easy to install because of their light weight and flexibility, but these panels are more expensive than photovoltaic. Photovoltaic panels are not as efficient and the cost of their installation is usually higher, because you might have to reinforce your roof so it can bear the weight of these panels. However, you will find the lowest prices on the market if you look at photovoltaic panels.
It will be easier to finance your solar energy system if you sell some of the energy you produce to the main grid. Contact your energy provider to find out more about the programs they offer. Most energy providers will pay a good price for the energy you do not need, and either send you some money, or let you use an equivalent amount of energy when your panels are not functioning. Some energy providers even offer programs that allow you to sell all the energy you produce, so you can pay off your clean energy system faster.
Getting a solar energy system means you will have to hire a professional to inspect and maintain it. Hiring a solar panel technician should not be too expensive, but these bills will add up over the years. You should consider going to a community college for two years so you can get a solar technician certificate or get an accreditation after taking a few classes with organizations such as the NABCEP.
Switching to solar energy is an important decision, and you should take the time to do some research on products and programs available. If you cannot afford to switch to solar energy now, wait a few years to see if products become more affordable.