If you’re thinking about making the transition to solar panels, then you’re definitely on the right track towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Solar panels are an excellent invention that has begun to save a lot of people some money, while also helping the planet. With that being said, there are still a few things you should look in to before you make an appointment to have them installed. Prior to taking that step, you should do research on the questions that will be mentioned later on. This will help make the process more comfortable for you and deter any extra costs that weren’t accounted for.
Does the company you’re thinking of hiring for installation have a good reputation? Before hiring a company, you should look for testimonies from previous costumers. I believe that the number of satisfied customers should far outweigh the costumers that were left unsatisfied. With overwhelmingly positive reviews, you can start to ease up on your skepticism. The next step would be to call the company and ask any questions you may have. It’s best to have the questions written down and ready for your call. The main question you should be asking is the brand of solar panels you would be receiving. Once you’ve gotten a name, do some homework. If you can’t find the brand or see nothing but negative reviews, it’s time to move on to another company.
Should you buy or lease the solar panels? This is something that may change how long you were initially planning to stay in your home, as well as how much you are willing to spend for the installation. Solar panels can be quite expensive, and it would take about 10 years for them to have paid for themselves. This varies on the size of the home, but it’s the average. Even with the higher prices, most homeowners are choosing to buy the panels. There are government incentive programs that can help lower the cost, but it would still be more expensive than leasing. Now, if you decide to lease, you can expect less financial benefits in the long run. A positive benefit you gain from leasing is the company will be responsible for maintenance. The terms of agreement for leasing usually include a 10-20 year contract.
Does the cost outweigh the benefits? You have to think long and hard about this one, because the last thing you want to do is put yourself in a bad financial state. The idea is to save money, but it happens over time. If you’re thinking about buying the panels, but you’re scraping together pennies to purchase them, then you should either think about leasing or waiting to purchase them. Another thing to consider before signing the contract when leasing is how long are you actually planning on staying where you are? If there is a possibility that you may move in the near future, then you may want to reconsider. If you can’t think of any reason you may move, and your finances are in order, then you shouldn’t have much else to worry about.