Out of all the decisions one can make as a homeowner, taking the initiative to convert your home’s energy source to solar is among the best. There aren’t many things one can do as a homeowner that provide the opportunity to both increase the value of your home as well as make a tangible contribution to environmental sustainability. Global temperatures are increasing, and rising sea levels represent a direct threat to our way of life here in Tampa. Therefore, everyone in this community should be looking for ways to reduce their carbon emissions. Solar panels not only allow you to reduce your energy costs and increase the value of your home, but they also allow you to be a better citizen in your community. With our incredibly sunny weather here in Tampa, solar panels make an enormous difference when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.
Here at Premiere Builders, installing solar panels is one of the many services that we provide as a part of our dedication to creating a more energy efficient community. If you’ve been thinking about getting solar panels for a while and are ready to take action, get in touch with us right away for a free estimate of the costs involved. If you are new to the idea of solar panel installation, read on. This article covers a handful of important things to consider when it comes to solar panels.
Power Grid Logistics
The location of your house and whether or not you are on or off the power grid will have various implications regarding your solar panels. While neither situation is better or worse than the other, the differences carry important considerations for you as the homeowner. With our very mild climate and sunny conditions here in Tampa, there is a good chance that the amount of energy your solar panels produce will actually exceed the amount of energy you consume. With houses that are connected to the grid, the energy your solar panels produce will go into the grid and be shared with the community. This means that any other houses that have solar panels that are also connected to the grid will also be sharing their energy with you, and vice versa. There are many positive benefits to this arrangement. For example, since you are essentially “selling” the excess energy your solar panels produce to your local energy provider, you’ll be receiving compensation through reduced energy bills. Another benefit from this arrangement is that you may be eligible for certain tax exemptions for your contribution to reducing carbon emissions. All of this essentially translates to more money saved on your end, all while contributing to the betterment of your community and the environment.
If your home is off grid, it’s your responsibility to store any excess energy your solar panels might produce. There are several great storage options in the form of batteries that are available. Off the grid solar energy production may still make you eligible for certain tax exemptions, however, you won’t benefit from any neighbors that also have solar panels on their homes. There is great satisfaction from knowing that you are generating your own electricity and that your home is completely energy independent. Solar panels are an excellent option for generating power for off grid homes.
One of the most important things that needs to be investigated before having solar panels installed is roof compatibility. The simple fact of the matter is that not every roof is capable of supporting solar panels. The structural integrity of your roof is one of the main determining factors when it comes to whether or not solar panels will be an energy efficient choice for your home. The good news is that even if your roof doesn’t possess the structural integrity needed to support solar panel installation, this doesn’t have to be a permanent condition. Here at Premiere Builders, roof replacement and/or repair is one of our top specialties. If your roof isn’t in good enough condition to support solar panels, we know exactly what needs to be done in order to make it so. Not only can we do the work necessary to make your roof compatible with solar panels, we can also make sure that your roof is prepared to withstand the force of powerful storms, which is always something to be aware of here in Florida. As a part of our commitment to providing free estimates, we will let you know whether or not your roof is ready for solar panel installation. If your roof isn’t ready, we will let you know exactly what needs to be done to make it so, and what it will cost.
Another important factor pertaining to roof compatibility is sunlight availability. Environmental factors such as nearby hills or trees can reduce the amount of available sunlight to a point where there just isn’t enough to make solar panels an energy efficient decision. In addition to these environmental factors, the angle of your roof plays an important role in determining the viability of solar panels. Our best recommendation to finding out whether these factors will affect your home is to get in touch with our team of professionals. We will do a thorough investigation to determine the sunlight availability on your roof, and help you find out whether or not solar panels are compatible with your roof.
While the examples listed above are very important things to consider when thinking about getting solar panels, they are by no means the only things to consider. We highly recommend that you take the time and effort to ensure that any possible energy inefficiencies in your home are addressed before installing solar panels. Energy loss can occur from inadequate insulation, inefficient heating/cooling appliances, and through poorly made windows and doors. Our team here at Premiere Builders can inspect these potential sources of energy loss, and we can also provide the services necessary to correct these deficiencies wherever they may occur. We want to make sure you have all the bases covered before you have solar panels installed, so give us a call right away and let us know what we can do for you. We look forward to you joining us on our mission to ensure environmental sustainability in our beautiful community here in Tampa!