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Title: 7 Ways To Make 7 Ways To Make Solar Panel Installation Your Next Home Improvement Project Your Next Home Improvement Project


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7 Ways To Make Solar Panel Installation Your Next
Home Improvement Project
  • Alex Yackery 9th August 2016

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Determine If Your Home Receives Enough Sunlight
  • In order for solar to be feasible, your roof
    needs enough direct sunlight for panel
    installation. Your roof should be relatively free
    of shading from trees, chimneys, satellite
    dishes, vent pipes, or neighboring buildings. You
    can use Googles Project Sunroof calculator to
    analyze what type of solar system would work for
    your home.

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Check Your Roofs Orientation
  • Does your roof face east, west, or south? Panels
    on south-facing roofs are able to generate more
    energy. In certain areas, it may even make sense
    to place panels on the north side of your roof,
    depending on the cost of electricity and how much
    direct sunlight your roof receives. You might
    even elect to use a micro-inverter instead of a
    string inverter because each panel will function
    independently, which is ideal for homes that need
    rooftop panels to face multiple angles.

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Calculate Your Homes Annual Electric Usage
  • Dig through your old electric bills or request a
    statement from your utility provider. You should
    add up the number of kilowatt hours (kWh) you use
    annually and your total dollar amount spent
    during the year. This is an important step in
    calculating how much you can save with solar and
    will help with evaluating different financing
    options.

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Calculate Your Avoided Cost Of Power
  • In order to properly understand how much you are
    capable of saving, you need to understand how
    much a kilowatt hour costs in your area. Solar
    can offset all variable charges on your utility
    bill, which usually consist of supply and
    delivery charges.
  • To calculate your cost per kWh, take the total
    bill and subtract any fixed charges that are not
    based on the number of kWh you use, and then
    divide the remainder by the number of kWh used in
    that billing cycle. Most utilities have a fixed
    monthly charge to hook up to the grid, which can
    vary between 5-25. Some utilities send a bill
    every two months, so take that into account when
    youre performing your calculation.

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Submit For Three Competitive Bids From Solar
Contractors
  • In order to understand your local market, meet
    with multiple installers. There are many websites
    that will list companies who are licensed to work
    in your area, but it is always good to work with
    companies who employ North American Board of
    Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certified
    installers and engineers to verify that the
    individuals working on your home have the proper
    training.
  • You should also check for NABCEP certification
    because in some areas with local incentives
    this can be a requirement to receive grants.
    There are several national companies who will
    work in your area, as well as local installers.
    Ask for references because companies can vary
    greatly in terms of equipment offered, pricing,
    financing options, and whether or not they
    sub-contract the work.

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Evaluate Your Bids And Choose A Provider
  • If you receive three bids from three separate
    companies, youll likely see differences in
    equipment, pricing, and level of service. Check
    out the warranties provided by the manufacturers
    and the installer so that you know how long
    youre covered.
  • When evaluating your bids, it is important to
    look at the difference in net cost, especially if
    youre considering a financing option. The total
    cost of ownership could change significantly
    its not just about the sticker price. Incentives
    will also vary based on the cost of the system.

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Choose A Provider And Prepare For Installation
  • Make sure that your electric panel is sufficient
    for an installation and that your roof is in good
    condition. It is a good idea to bring in a roofer
    for a second opinion of the amount of life left
    on your roof before installing solar panels so
    you dont have any surprises down the road.
  • Your solar installer should give you an honest
    opinion on your roof condition, but if they only
    offer a three-year warranty on the workmanship,
    they may be willing to install on a roof that
    will likely need to be replaced in five years.
    Assuming everything checks out, you will be ready
    for your solar installation and can look forward
    to lowering your electric bills and carbon
    footprint!

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Contact US
  • Venture Home Solar
  • 240 Kent Ave, Brooklyn,
  • NY 11249
  • 1 800-203-4158
  • http//venturehomesolar.com/
  • Resource https//goo.gl/zqUk1m

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