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A Guide to Finding the Right Solar Panels for Your Home

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Did you know that there were almost three million solar energy systems in the United States by the end of 2020? Solar panel installation is quickly becoming a staple for both new construction and older homes.

Do you want to transition to a solar home? Here is a great guide to everything from solar panel options to solar panel installation using a commercial electrician.

Determine Your Power Usage

You do not want to overpay for solar panels by installing too many. However, if you do not have enough, you may have to rely on the electric grid or cut your energy usage in some areas.

When you consult with a solar panel company, they will likely ask you about your consumption and calculate how many panels you may need. They also need to consider the size of your roof and how many panels it can accommodate.

Solar Panel Options

There are two main options when it comes to solar panels: monocrystalline panels and polycrystalline panels.

Monocrystalline panels are the gold standard of solar panels. They are made from a single type of silicon, making them much more energy efficient.

They tend to be higher in quality, so they last longer, and you will not have to replace them for many years. However, monocrystalline panels tend to be more expensive, so be prepared for a higher up-front cost.

Polycrystalline panels are constructed from many different types of silicon. This can bring down their cost, so they are a better option if you have limited funds but still want solar energy.

Be prepared to replace your panels sooner if you opt for a polycrystalline solar panel installation. They will cost less upfront, but they may not last as long due to their quality.

Financing Your Solar Panels

The cost of solar panels may seem intimidating, but there are many ways that you can make them more affordable. For instance, check with your solar panel installation company to see if they have financing options.

You can also look into your bank for a low-interest loan. You will be able to pay in monthly installments over a set period of time, usually at a lower interest rate than a credit card.

Make sure to check out opportunities such as the Federal Solar Tax Credit as well. You will be able to write off a chunk of your solar panel installation cost and potentially reduce your tax bill.

Even if you pay for the solar energy system upfront, you will start saving money immediately by reducing or eliminating your electric bill.

Consider Solar Panels Today

If you want to save money and the planet simultaneously, solar panels may be your best option. With this guide, you can choose the best solar panels for your needs.

Are you still on the fence about converting to a solar home? Contact us today for more information.

Signal Alarms and Electric is an electrical contractor in Southern California providing full capacity electrical contracting services for new construction, renovations, tenant improvements, service upgrades, exterior, interior, and landscape lighting, retrofits, and service installations in the Southern California/Los Angeles County area.