4 Things to consider before going solar

4 Things to Know Before Going Solar

The US Department of Energy predicts that 3.8 million homes will be solar-powered by 2020. Will you be one of them? If your considering going solar take a look at these 4 things you should consider before making your decision.

Types of incentives?

Solar is more affordable than ever before, flexible payment terms and tax incentives make is easier and cheaper than ever to get started.To close out 2015, the top 10 states for solar were: Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York (all tied at #1), Maryland, Connecticut, Oregon, Minnesota, New Mexico, Vermont & Colorado.These rankings are based on legislative policy and incentives, not the climate. We’re lucky because NJ is a very friendly state to go solar in. The government is willing to give great incentives and rebates to homeowners who make the switch. Also electricity is very high in NJ compared to the national average, so every bit of power you make with solar is worth quite a lot of money.

#1. The money earned from solar is tax free.

Ever heard the old saying a penny saved is a penny earned? With solar you’ll be saving each month compared with your old utility expenses. That cash is extra money in the bank to save, invest or spend how ever you like. Best of all it’s tax free. For example lets say solar saves you $2,000 per year. That $2,000 is the same as if you had gotten a $2,000 a year raise, only the raise is taxed income, the $2,000 savings from solar is not. You get to keep it all, the Federal or NJ government don’t touch it. Solar is one of the few ways you can make money without having to pay taxes on it.

#2. What direction is your house facing and how much sun do you get?

The direction your house is facing, how much sun you get each day, and the angle of your roof are all very important things to consider. South facing roofs are ideal for placing solar panels, but if you don’t face south your roof may still get enough sun to be worth putting up panels. Pay attention to how much sun hits your roof throughout the day. Direct sunlight on the panels over time works best, if you have a lot of shade that’s not good for producing power. Also if your roof is very steep that’s not great either because when the suns overhead and at it’s strongest you won’t be getting as much sunlight because of the angle of the panels.

All these factors will be addressed during your free solar consultation to ensure you’ll be getting the best savings. 

#3. What is your average electricity bill?

Savings are not only due to having the perfect roof line or facing south. You should also consider other ways to cut costs on electricity you’re currently using. A combination of solar with saving money on electricity use can really add up. We can discuss all this at your consultation, it’s helpful to have a history of at least 6 months to a year’s worth of utility bills on hand. If you don’t have them it’s no big deal, just let us know what your monthly average is.

#4. Is New Jersey’s climate good for solar?

Solar is great for homeowners in NJ, that’s why were #1 for solar in the nation. Both because of a favorable climate and government assistance and support. While solar panels are most effective with direct sunlight, they still generate plenty of electricity when it’s cloudy. It might surprise you to learn that solar panels still make power in the rain and even on snowy days. Rain washes away the dust and dirt from your panels, so even rain can help the system to operate more efficiently. Of course your going to produce the most power in spring and summer months, but your solar panels will still produce electricity in a variety of weather conditions.