Spring is right around the corner, and with that comes longer days and more sun. I may not be a solar expert, but I do appreciate how going solar can benefit the homeowner and the Earth.
When remodeling, especially the exterior, it’s the best time to consider installing solar panels. The installation should be either post-remodel or right before you make changes to the structure of the home, the roof in particular. Not only can you prepare the appropriate budget altogether for a remodel and installation, but you can get the house ready top to bottom from the start.
Of course, the amount of sun your roof receives determines the worth of getting solar power, so landscape is a factor. If you have a lot of trees, especially tall ones that cover the roof, solar panels may not be worth the investment. Once you decide to go forward with the rooftop panels, have a professional inspect the roof to make sure it’s structurally sound.
Overall, solar energy systems are very cost-effective and come in different forms. The two types of solar technology are photovoltaic (PV) and thermal. The former uses arrays of cells on the rooftop to turn sunlight into electricity, and the latter uses sunlight to heat water or air for inside use. PV arrays are homeowners’ top choice for going solar, as the cost and technology have improved so much over the years. Not to mention, they’ve gone from bulky to beauty.
While doing your part to reduce your family’s carbon footprint, you’ll be adding to the aesthetics of your home, and in turn, adding to the value of your home. The real estate benefits on top of everything else make it hard to say no to the good-for-everyone deal. As for the cost, many at-home solar systems come with credits on the federal, state and local level. With incentives, financing options and lowered electricity payments, the investment in such a sleek addition could be worth it.
Speaking of the visual appeal, Tesla is changing the game with a solar concept also known as integrated solar glass shingles, which means roof shingles that are basically tiny solar panels, functioning the same way as your everyday larger panels. The smaller design could create technical improvement as well, as it’s more practical than the larger, more bulky panels that are quite hefty. Not only are they already better looking, but if a homeowner desires, Tesla’s solar shingles can now be customized to match the texture and appearance of your roof. This is a big step, but think of the long term benefits.
If you’re more interested in taking baby steps to the panels, consider some smaller ways of going solar. With dimmer switches and motion-sensing lights, you could be saving on the utility bill while deterring potential creepers. Outdoor lighting on a smaller level can also be solar, such as solar string lights, patio lighting, walkway lighting or lights that float in the pool. These simply absorb light from the sun throughout the day and glow at night.
In the end, you’re doing your best for your family, your paycheck and the Earth. By doing so, you send a message to your neighbors about how important it is to use natural resources and save energy in other ways. Soon, you’ll start seeing full neighborhoods using solar, and those are the ones who save more than just money.