7 Key Features to Look for in Solar Panels in 2019

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You too can have your own source of energy with solar panels. That can eliminate or vastly reduce your electricity bills. What’s not to like? You’ll be doing your bit too for the planet by investing in renewable energy. 

Installing a solar energy system can bring stability to your monthly outgoings. That’s because you won’t be at the mercy of unpredictable rises in energy prices. Sold on the idea?

Here’s what to look for when you decide to invest. 

1. Production Values of Solar Panels

The quantity of electricity an individual solar panel can produce will vary depending on its power rating and efficiency. You’ll also need to check the warranties and assurances that manufacturers offer. 

Some guarantee that power production won’t fall below a certain level over a period of twenty-five years.

2. Durability of Panels

Quality is key here. Solar panels do tend to be durable as there are no moving parts. They need to be as they’ll have to face potentially damaging weather conditions.

The area you live in may be prone to heavy snow or high winds. If so, check that the panels meet the required reliability standards.

3. Assessing Panels

Check how the solar panels you’re interested in are ranked. The best quality could prove to be the most efficient but at too high a price.  

Cheaper solar panels may save you money in the short term. The downside could be that they might produce less electricity over their lifetime. 

Some systems may be more efficient in hot weather. Others are better at working around the problem of partial shading. Consult one of the reputable solar companies in your area to help you make your decision.

4. Government Incentives

Homeowners who install a solar energy system are given a thirty percent tax credit on the costs involved by the government. The amount of credit offered will drop by four percent at the end of 2019 so now is the perfect time to install solar panels.

Some states offer added incentives. For example, California has an energy storage rebate program that you might be eligible for.

5. Protection for Your Roof

To install solar panels, your roof will need to be in good condition. Once the panels are fitted, they will offer a degree of protection to your roof, especially from bad weather. Many people have reported improved insulation as well.

6. Smaller Spaces

It’s not necessary to have a huge roof in order to get the benefits of solar panels. Rooftops are popular locations to install panels because they get a lot of sunshine. They aren’t though the only places to put them.

Some panels are designed for smaller areas. That means you can get creative about where to install them if space is at a premium.

7. Maintenance Costs

Solar panels do not need much maintenance. Once installed, you’ll only normally need to have them checked once a year. That’s when they can also be cleaned. This will ensure the longevity of the panels.

Becoming More Self-Sufficient

Solar panels offer a cheap, clean and efficient way to help you become more self-sufficient. If you’ve been on the fence about installing them, it’s clear you need to act now. The benefits outweigh the cost.

Continue reading our blog to learn about more ways you could make improvements to your home. 


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