5 Costly Mistakes When Installing Your Solar

Although solar energy is changing the world and becoming more accessible for the average person, there are still mistakes that you can make when installing your solar energy system that could end up costing you a lot of money.

So, let’s take a look at some of the most prevalent mistakes so that you can enjoy all of the benefits of solar energy without the headache.

#1 Only Getting One Quote

Many people get a recommendation from a friend and then end up going with that company without ever checking any of their other options. Because there are companies selling on both ends of the price spectrum these days, it’s always in your benefit to get at least three different quotes on your project. There are plenty of comparison services that you can use online, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle.

#2 Signing Up Without Research

As more people start using solar energy, there are more and more companies looking to make money from the trend. With more companies comes more frauds and poorly run businesses. If you don’t do your research on a company before you hire them, you run the risk of a poorly run company costing you thousands of dollars with poor service or equipment. Be sure to get recommendations, read reviews, and find out as much as you can before you spend your hard-earned money.

#3 Missing Out On Tax Benefits

There are several federal and state tax benefits to having a solar energy system installed in your home. However, those tax credits aren’t going to be around forever. They are slowly decreasing year by year, and you may end up missing out on thousands of dollars of savings by not taking advantage of the current tax benefits.

#4 Neglecting The Roof

Because solar panels will go on the roof for most people, it’s really important for homeowners to have their roof inspected before they have their solar energy system installed. Although solar panels are meant to last up to 30 years (about the same amount time as a roof), you won’t get as much use if you have problems with your room after 10 years.

#5 Self-Installation

Something that many people do to save themselves some money is actually a reason why many people end up spending thousands of extra dollars. Although it may be tempting to install your solar energy system yourself, it’s actually a much more complicated job than it appears to be at first glance. A professional will recognize small problems that could turn into big ones, and they also understand all of the different permits and paperwork that need to be completed.

Moving Forward

There has never been a better time to move forward with solar energy than right now. There are several ways to decrease the cost, and there are also a lot of great professionals that can help you get it installed safely and in a cost-efficient manner.

If you do decide to move forward with it, do your best to avoid the common mistakes that we mentioned so that you can enjoy all of the benefits that come with a properly installed solar energy system.

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  1. Solarman

    I have had two homes with solar PV installed. The first home had concrete tile and was inspected and deemed good for installation. The second house had a visibly bad roof and was replaced before the install, the new solar standoffs were installed and again roofing material was added to seal these units and torched down.

    A lot of the ‘big’ solar PV installers do not always ‘give’ one the best deal. In my opinion the so called no down lease is the worst of the worse. If one gets that job offer you just can’t turn down and have to move, the home will need to be sold and a lease can destroy a valid offer when the buyer finds out he has to ‘deal’ with another party for the solar PV system. Solar PV is an energy generation (appliance), treat it like an appliance. You don’t rent your air conditioner, hot water heater, well or pool pump do you?

    On the second home, I went straight to Solar City, (at the time) and got an estimate for installation of the system I had planned. I also went to smaller solar PV firms and got bids. Solar City was pushing leased systems at the time and I had to ‘correct’ them, that this system was bid, install and would be paid up front, no lease. The Solar City bid came in 10K higher than the other small solar PV companies that were local and not national. Of those companies they were vetted for BBB complaints, ACC complaints and finally read some internet comments on these businesses. Picked the company that had the design and equipment I wanted installed, not some thrown together Tier 2 equipment with the ‘promise’ of a long warranty period. It has been only three years with this new system, and there have been no faults or failures.

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