Twelve Steps To A Solar Install


If you are one of the millions of American homeowners who want to install solar energy panels onto their house, but you want to do it yourself, you have come to the right place. Regardless of your reason for wanting to solar panels, you will find a quick and easy to read guide that will walk you through all the steps of getting the panels on your roof.

1. Get a “home energy assessment” completed on your home. You need to know where your house is leaking the more air out of it and plug that hole. If you don’t the panels won’t help you save any money.
2. Change as many appliances that you can to ones that are energy savers. These are usually labels with the energy star at your local hardware store. They will increase the panels’ effectiveness within your home.
3. Check with your local permits and zoning office to be certain you have all the proper paperwork needed to get the panels up on your house. If you’re not sure what you need, go down to their offices and talk to someone. They should be able to walk you through the process and make sure you have everything in order and legalized. If you don’t do this, you could be setting yourself up for fines later.
4. Try to calculate how much energy you use in your home over the year. Your electric company should be able to help you with this, as they typically have comparison charts from the previous year to the present year in terms of what you have used. This will help you decide how many panels you will need to install.
5. Once you know how much energy you use per year, narrow it down to an average day. You will be able to save enough energy for each day that way and purchase a solar panel system that will not destroy your budget. You should start out with your bare minimum requirement and add from there, if you need to.
6. Research all the materials you will need for this project and get price quotes on how much they cost. If you have no idea where to start, check with your local hardware store. They should be able to point you to the right aisle that the materials are on, or give you the name of a contractor who does this work.
7. Have a backup plan, just in case you can’t finish this job. Contractors don’t have to be an ugly word in your relationship, so seek the advice of one and maybe get a few tips before starting the job.
8. To finance this, check all your options. Credit cards are one way but a second mortgage is as well. A bank loan is also a way to get the materials that you need, but you cannot keep going back to the bank if you need more materials. Remember to check the laws and see if a tax break could be in your future because you did this.
9. Once you have the funding, get all the materials that you will need for the project. Try not to overspend, but get what you need.
10. Make certain to have the heavy materials delivered to your house. The hardware store can deliver the materials and place them on your roof for you with their boom trucks. It may cost a little more, but it’s worth it in the end.
11. Design a plan before beginning the work. Communication is so important on big projects like this, unless you want to be divorced by the time it is over.
12. Follow the installation directions on the panels. Try not to get creative, as that usually just makes the job harder. One person should read the directions out loud while the other follows what they say. When you are tired, stop! Do not try to get it all done in one day.

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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