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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Going Solar

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The best way to put your monthly electric bills to an end is with solar energy. With an average life span of 25 years, solar panels can be a great investment. It's now time you gather information and learn about the mistakes you should avoid when considering solar energy.

Pay attention to the following five common mistakes of going solar.

1. Not Getting Competitive Solar Bids

It would help if you got quotes from multiple companies. Some exploitative companies will charge you thrice the cost of panels and installation. To avoid being swindled, ensure that every potential installer evaluates your home orientation and current electricity bills to estimate the cost and solar system size.

2. Going for Cheap Solar Panels

Purchasing your solar panels at a low cost sounds cool right now, but that might be costly in the long term. You might end up replacing broken or faulty parts of the system that broke down too soon. It is, therefore, essential to seek advice from trustworthy companies and technicians.

3. Ignoring Incentives and Rebates

A solar panel system is a long-standing investment and thus expensive. Nonetheless, there are rebates, tax credits, among other available incentives in every state that will cut the cost way down. Your local utility company may also offer discounts for your bills.

4. Having Unrealistic Expectations

Some people expect to see instant savings as soon as they install the system. However, monetary rewards may be realized years later. It is also important to consider that the sun cannot be predicted or controlled. It is normal to have variations in everyday usage and savings. For that reason, you should do research and understand the average returns you should realistically expect.

5. Not Understanding the Warranty Conditions

All solar panels are protected by the warranty provided by the manufacturer. They include the inverter warranty and the installation warranty, which are between 5 and 10 years. There is also a product warranty, which is between 12 and 25 years and a linear performance warranty, between 25 and 30 years. It is, therefore, vital to completely understand what the company is responsible for and what are your entitlements.

Switching to solar energy is not only good for the environment but also your wallet. Keeping the five mistakes in mind can ensure your installation process is smooth and you get an efficient and long-lasting solar system.
 

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