As early as the 7th century B.C., people discovered the sun’s power could fry an ant and create fire with a magnifying glass. We’ve come a long way from starting fires and killing ants as people continued to investigate and utilize the power the sun yielded.
With the cost of living and the planet’s resources needing a break, many plan to switch to solar. But, how do you know if you are ready or not? Below is a list of five ways to see if you are prepared to switch to solar power.
1. Home Owner
If you are a renter and desire to switch to solar, you will need to discuss your options with your landlord.
Going solar may be in their plans for the home they have rented to you, but it is something that they haven’t gotten to yet. You talking to them about making the switch may cause them to want to learn more.
If you own your home, you have the freedom to do as you please with your home in most situations. However, if your home is a historic site, you may have to seek approval first to make the switch.
2. Cost Reduction
Depending on where you live, your utility bill may bring the strong desire to make the switch to solar power. The initial costs are significant when you go solar, but they pay for themselves in the number of monthly expenses knocked off your list.
3. Tax Breaks
If saving money on your taxes interests you, go solar. Around the world, governments are offering incentives through tax breaks to individuals and businesses that switch to solar power.
4. Sunny Weather
Solar panels require sunlight to provide the power needed for a home adequately. If you live in an area where you bathe in sunlight daily, you won’t need to worry. You are 100% ready for panels.
However, you will need to research how much sunlight you will need to power your home if you live in a cloudy or dark area of the world. For example, if you live in Alaska and the sun doesn’t shine for six weeks straight, you probably won’t want to switch to solar power full time.
5. Solid Roof
Your roof must be structurally sound to make the switch to solar panels. It is ideal to have a south-facing pitch to get the best electric output to your power stores. In addition, the best angle of the roof is a 30-degree angle to assist in the installation and mounting process of the solar panels.
Be sure to place the panels where nothing can obstruct the sunlight from reaching the panels. You may need to trim back some trees surrounding your home to keep it clear. Fortunately, trimming the trees will help keep them healthy and growing strong.
Switch to Solar Today
If you have considered the possibility of saving money and your home is structurally sound for the switch to solar, don’t delay! Your savings are waiting!
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