Your House and Solar Panels

Submitted by Sunrise Solar on Tue, 12/10/2019 - 9:00am
Solar Panels on a roof

Making the transition to solar power as the main power source for your home is a huge undertaking. Solar power can help you save money and is great for the environment. But how do you know whether or not your home is ideal for solar power? 

Questions to Ask

It’s important to explore if your home is suitable for solar before you make the switch. First, consider if a switch to solar will reduce your monthly electricity bill. If you reside somewhere that electricity costs are cheap, solar actually may not be ideal for your home. The standard threshold is if your electricity bill is higher than $75, solar may be a viable option. 

If installing panels on your roof, you should consider the health and style of your roof. Solar panels work best on strong, durable roofing materials like asphalt shingle, concrete tile, or standing seam metal. It’s also a good idea to mount solar panels on newer roofs. If your current roof is near the end of its life, you may have to replace your roof before installing solar panels. 

Climate is Important Too!

Besides looking at your electricity bill and roof, take stock of the sunlight your roof gets on a daily basis. Solar panels work when they face the sun and are placed in a location that maximizes sunlight. Even though SunPower solar panels are excellent at collecting power in shaded areas, excessive shade can reduce the amount of energy you generate. 

There are tools available to help determine if your home is suitable for solar power and the Sunrise Solar professionals can assist you with a solar audit to locate the best spot for solar panels. 

Contact Sunrise Solar today if you have any questions about adding solar panels to your house. 

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