Given that household expenses seem to be spiraling ever upward, most households are looking to cut back on monthly costs. One of the major expenses faced by every household is the cost of electricity. These costs are also escalating due to a variety of global geo-political disruptions to the flow of fossil fuels – and also the supply chain challenges that have been faced by many solar panel installers.
However, those who are intent on realizing savings on their electricity bill may have to move quickly. Although the existing federal ‘Solar Tax Credit‘ was recently increased and extended, net metering and other incentives to buy are under the microscope in many parts of the United States – and decisions on those issues may impact the viability of solar panels for those who wait around for too long.
Given the urgency of the situation, homeowners need to know that installing solar panels is not just a matter of attaching the panels and installing other equipment such as inverters and storage. That will usually be done within three days. It is the preparation and requirements for the installation of solar panels that will take significantly longer than actually fitting the panels.
The first step is to select a reputable solar installer who will be able to advise you on the most suitable types and location/orientation of your solar panels, it is always a good idea to use a company that can offer you a good solar finance option for your installation. Make sure to compare quotes and match like with like. Ensure that the estimate you receive has no hidden costs – you do not want any nasty surprises when you get your final bill. Also, remember to discuss timelines with him. Solar installation is a highly competitive industry – and that means that competition for business is fierce. But take into account the fact that the lowest cost is not always the best, and companies that pressure you into signing on the dotted line are not always the best choice – make sure that your solar installer is experienced and has a good reputation.
Once you have signed your solar panel installer will inspect your roof and design a system that takes into account any unique features, as well as your energy requirements. They will take into account shade from trees near the home – and will also inspect the roof to ensure that it is in good shape and will cope with the weight of the panels.
Your installer will take care of the necessary permits that are required from the city or local authorities. This used to be a lengthy process, but many local governments have made the decision to fast-track solar permits – but permits can take anywhere from three to eleven weeks.
Once the solar panels have been installed then the city will send around an inspector to ensure that it conforms to local requirements. This process can take around two weeks (however, there have been reports of the process taking up to eight weeks).
It is only then that you can flip the switch and start enjoying the benefits of solar power – and reducing your electricity bills. Time is of the essence if you want to take advantage of some incentives – so don’t delay – make the decision to switch to solar power today.