4 Things to Consider When Adding Solar To Your Home

Sabrina Lopez
September 17, 2015
2 min read

If you want to add solar to your home, there are many things to consider. Solar can be a great way to help reduce your energy costs, in addition to helping reduce your environmental footprint. Many homeowners also find that solar increases the value of their home as well.

Here are four important things to consider when adding solar to your home:

1. Tax Incentives Take The Edge Off - Right now, lucrative federal tax incentives can offset nearly one-third of the purchase price of a solar system through a 30% tax credit. This credit is scheduled to decrease from 30% to 10% at the end of 2016. The state of Arizona also offers a flat $1,000 incentive as well. If you’ve been considering solar act now before these deals expire.

2. It's Not Always About Facing South – Statistically, a south-facing roof generally captures maximum sunlight. But you must also consider personal energy usage when considering where to aim your panels. For example, a family that draws the most energy in the afternoon may want to face their panels west to maximize solar energy generation at that time of day. A good solar integrator will always start by examining your energy history to design a system specifically for your family. 

3. Future Energy Needs - It is important to consider any changes to your energy needs before installing your solar energy system and planning to buy an electric car. If so, your energy requirements will certainly go up. If you have children moving out, on the other hand, then your energy needs will likely decrease. Our solar experts can help determine your home's energy needs now and down the road.

4. Panels and Your Roof - Many homeowners worry that solar panels will damage their roofs. However, in many instances, solar panels extend the life of your roof. Laying solar panels over your roof shingles can help protect your roof and offer extra shade, which is important when dealing with Arizona’s blistering sun. Learn more about our installation process and how we make sure your solar panels won’t harm your roof.

You can download our free solar evaluation guide to learn more about what to consider when adding solar to your home. We invite you to download the guide, and if you’re interested, request a custom solar quote from one of our solar experts today.