If you’ve been considering taking your Santa Cruz home in a green direction, April is the perfect month to make an environmentally friendly update. Celebrate Earth Day by installing a solar energy system. Solar panels turn sunlight into energy that can save you money!
The federal government and many states are now providing tax incentives and rebates for installing solar panels in 2013. So don’t waste the opportunity to go green this spring. However, there are many installers that might not have the necessary experience, so be sure to ask the questions below when searching for your solar energy system.
How many solar panel systems have they installed?
You want to make sure to find a reputable company that has significant solar experience and has successfully completed at least 50 installations. Ask for references before you sign anything.
What is the output in kWh per year?
Many times, solar panel brands will claim to be more efficient than others. You’ll want to weigh the annual output against the price to determine what system is going to be the most cost effective for your Santa Cruz home.
How long is the warranty on the panels?
Most solar panel systems have a warranty of 25 years. Top-of-the-line panels usually guarantee an output of no less than 90 percent after ten years and no less than 80 percent after 25 years. Be wary of any company whose panels don’t come with a warranty.
Do they include a warranty on labor?
Many states require a warranty on labor in order to receive your rebate. Reputable installers should have no problem including at least a 10-year warranty.
What is the final price?
Don’t get separate pricing for the parts, labor and rebates. Get a comprehensive price, so you can directly compare the total cost and kWh per year among providers. Taking into consideration warranties and servicing fees, the outcome should be that you choose whoever can give you the most output at the best price.
If you’d like to celebrate Earth Day this month in your Santa Cruz home and have more questions on ways to go green, please call me at 831.662.6522 or email me at Lauren@LaurenSpencer.com.
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