“How do I know if solar electricity is right for me?” It’s easier than you think to make that determination. Here’s a simple checklist to see if you’re a good candidate for solar energy. In a future post I’ll go through each check point in detail, but in the meantime, here is the list:
- Do you own your home?
- Is your roof is flat or south facing?
- Is your roof is completely or mostly free of shade & obstruction? – ie. not in the middle of a forest
- Is your energy bill is over $100?
- Do you have a reasonably good credit score*?
If you’ve said yes to all of those, then I would highly recommend getting a free residential solar energy quote
from a local installer. Finding out exactly how much it will cost you to go solar and how much money it will save you over the next 25 years is free and with no obligation. Then, once you have that information you can decide if you want to go solar. Chances are you’ll realize that it really is more affordable than you thought and the payback is greater than you thought.
There are some cities that have incredibly inexpensive electricity, or no solar incentives or rebates. In those cities the financial payback period will be longer. But you won’t know what the rebates are like in your city until you talk with an installer. You can look them up online, but it’s a whole lot easier to talk with an expert.
By David Belden
*(Like buying a car, if you have cash or your own financing, it doesn’t matter what your credit score is. However if you’d prefer to lease a system rather than paying for it all at once up front, you’ll need a credit score of over 680 or so.)