Being an effective solar home owner doesn't end when the solar panels go on your roof: read below to find out how to make sure you maximize your investment in solar energy. If you're just joining us in this series, brush up here on Five Things To Do Before You Get Solar and Five Things To Do When You Get Solar.
Congratulations, you've decided to make your home a solar home. You've reached the decision after careful thought and some essential first steps. The question is, what happens now?
Updated for 2016: This post is as timely as ever, the basics have not changed: Solar installations can reduce your monthly electric bill, provide you with clean power, protect you from the rising costs of energy over time, and present a strong, reliable investment. But don't just jump right in--make sure you've got your bases covered:
Update for 2016: This post is still very timely: Solar panels, mounting hardware, inverter, wiring and conduit, specialized meters: these are the components of all photovoltaic (PV) systems. But it's the solar panels themselves that not only make up the bulk of your solar quote, but whose technology, costs, and applications are the most hotly contested. People ask me all the time what the differences are among panels--here's a thorough but lay-person friendly answer.
Come to GetSolar.com and read our in-depth article about how to determine if it makes sense for you to pursue solar photovoltaics for your home.
Before you start calling installers, you should be in control of some basic facts about your home, electric usage, and financial situation: solar can make a lot of sense and it's a great technology, but it's not right for everyone. Read the full article on GetSolar.com.