Thinking of ways to save money in 2015? One excellent option could be going solar. According to multiple sources, California is one of the least expensive places in the country to install solar panels. With government incentives, it's possible to spend as little as ten to fifteen thousand dollars on some residential solar systems. Often, solar energy systems can save 50 - 90% of your electricity bill in California homes and the return on investment is quicker than it's ever historically been.
So there's many obvious reasons for installing solar - saving money and helping the environment - but what makes 2015 a great time to install solar panels on the roof of your home or business?
Home solar power is easier to install than ever. And with Orange County solar panel installers, you can work with a local business to set your own home or business up with money-saving solar power.
Obviously with the sunny climate in SoCal, there’s no better place in the nation to use solar. Your home can generate energy most days of the year - maybe even enough to have the electric company pay you if you put more energy into the system than your home uses.
But how do you get started with solar panels in your home? Here’s a quick guide:
Home solar power isn’t for everyone. It’s a significant up front investment, and it can take a few years to pay for itself. However, photovoltaic solar panels are becoming more affordable and efficient than ever before. And the cost of other types of energy is going up. So in the next few years, it’s likely that solar panels will start to save their owners even more than $36,000 over their lifetime.
Solar panels can be a great investment not just for your home, but also for the entire energy grid. Ask your installer how many panels you’ll need to put energy back into the grid. You could generate more energy than your home needs, getting payments from the energy company and lightening the load of your local energy grid.
The first step is to assess your home’s current energy use and needs, and to talk with a specialist to see if your home is currently compatible with solar panels. These systems can definitely be worth the investment in the long run, especially if you choose installers who can walk you through the process of purchasing a high-quality, long-lasting solar system for your home.
If you have any questions, be sure to reach out to Luke Roofing. A long-established Orange County roofer, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing need and situation. Wherever and whenever you need roofing services in Mission Viejo or anywhere else in OC, you definitely can count on Luke Roofing.
Josh, for one thing, we'd need to be sure your home has enough sun to generate power to make the panels worthwhile. This isn't usually a problem in SoCal! But if you have an exceptional amount of shade from nearby trees or buildings, solar may not be right for your home. There are other factors, too, that go into where solar could be placed on your home and how efficient it would be for you.
Can you do a survey of my roof via satellite? We're looking at solar for our home again as rates just continue to climb.
Absolutely! It's a great place to start. But we'll probably need to schedule a visit if the preliminary numbers make sense for your home. There's so many options now on how to set these systems up and new considerations with regards to how your energy provider is charging you. (Times of day etc). Happy to talk. Give us a call today and we'll be happy to give you a free solar estimate.
We installed solar a few years back. But what we didn't consider is that we'd be buying 2 electric vehicles now. The issue of course is that we should have bought a bigger solar system to handle the electric vehicles.
Yes, EVs have become a big part of the equation in recent years. Currently new homes are required to be built with electrical set up for at least one EV. (Electric Vehicle). But in some cases it might make sense to get set up for two as over the next 5 years the options for EVs will drastically increase. This is especially true if the federal government steps back in offering rebates. The systems we sell and install are typically set up to be added to pretty easily. So all is not lost. Give us a call and let's discuss adding panels.
So we need a new roof and I want to get solar and possibly a battery backup system installed at the same time I think. I constantly see ads that talk about free battery systems and solar. What's the deal with that?
Hi John, Thanks for considering Luke Roofing for your new replacement roof and solar system!
Your question is a good one and to be honest, most people don't qualify for the "free" solar systems. When they say free, it's not really free of course if your definition, like mine would mean no money would ever come out of your pocket. There are programs however that reimburse customers in certain areas and in certain situations (like high-risk fire zones and certain medical conditions) sometimes close to, if not the full amount of the systems themselves. Because these programs change all the time and your specific situation may be different than others creating an outline here doesn't really make sense. So why not give us a call and we can talk through your specific needs. We're happy to give you a free estimate.