by Ecorigem – July 29, 2019

We have shared our passion and values on our Blog and now we’d like to talk all about green energy. Continue reading and you will find it’s not as complicated as you’d think. 

Many homeowners are considering the addition of a solar panel system to their home in order to save money and reduce their carbon footprint.   In fact, we are all trying our best to save energy in all aspects of our life and if we are able to conserve energy at home on top of the other facets of our daily lives, that’s even better.

The good news is that not only can a solar energy system help you reduce the energy you consume, but the costs of the panels have come way down as well. The investment up front can be worth it and the savings can be advantageous in just a few years.

The Solar Tax Credit

The solar tax credit has been a recently implemented federal tax credit that allows homeowners to deduct up to 30 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system to your home or even business. The Investment Tax Credit can be used for both commercial and residential properties and there is no limit on the values.

Solar panels today are much less expensive and even more energy-efficient when compared to ten years ago, which means you can recoup your investment much sooner when switching to solar-powered system. It makes much more financial sense today than it did only five years ago.

The solar tax credit allows you to start saving from the first phone call you make. The fees that you pay to consult with a solar energy expert are considered as part of the installation costs and are therefore added to the total cost when applying the credit.

Below are some other tips to consider when shopping for a solar panel:

  • Find A Company That Specializes in Solar Panels: It’s very important to look for a solar energy company that specializes in only solar panels. It’s a very specialized field and it takes expertise to find the right solar panel and how to install it.   A good company will help you from start to finish, including getting the necessary permits for the solar panel which is oftentimes overlooked by first-time buyers.
  • Roofs That Work With Solar Panels:   Most of the roofs on homes today are compatible with the addition of a solar panel unit. But, there are certain types of roofs that make it that much easier when mounting your solar panels. The usual types are metal, asphalt, PVC, and clay. Slate and wood roofs are much more fragile material when used for the base of a solar panel system which makes them a little harder to install the solar panels. These types of roofs can work but will need extra mounting, thus making the panels more expensive.
  • High Energy Solar Panels Work Best: The solar panels that are higher energy tend to convert energy at a higher rate than the less expensive lower-efficiency panels. Look for a solar panel that will covert energy at around 20%. The best models are typically made from monocrystalline or polycrystalline silicon, which are both the purest silicon available.
  • Speak With Multiple Companies: Like anything you purchase of value, it’s best to speak to multiple companies and get a few quotes. This accomplishes two goals: to get the best price possible and to learn how knowledgeable and helpful the company is that you are speaking to. They should be able to help you with every step of the process rather than just one aspect of the entire project.

The best solar energy companies will do all the work for you, from getting permits to the installation of the solar panel and will do so with an acceptable warranty.

Source and Credits: Consumers Advocate – Best Solar Energy Companies Based on In-Depth Reviews

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