By Abby Berry
Solar energy is booming, and the future is brighter than ever. Through the use of rooftop solar panels, many homeowners can now harness the sun's natural rays to produce their own electricity that's environmentally friendly and cost effective.
But with the increasing popularity of solar, unfortunately, some businesses are taking advantage of consumers who are interested in generating their own energy through rooftop panels.
While many solar companies are genuine and truly want to help consumers with a successful solar installation, the solar panels aren't working, and the vendor is nowhere to be found. Sadly, this story has been the reality for many.
If you're interested in solar panels for your home, consider these tips before installation:
- Talk to our energy advisor, Jude Canchola, first. We want you to feel confident about any decisions you make about your home energy use, especially any decisions about generating energy at home.
- Collect at least three quotes from different solar companies to ensure you're getting a competitive deal. As with any major purchase, research is key, so thoroughly read customer reviews for each of the solar vendors.
- If you speak to a solar vendor and they use high-pressure tactics, like an offer that's only good for 24 hours, run! Any reputable solar company will recognize that you need time to review a proposal and thoroughly weigh your decision.
- You know if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So, if a solar company is making promises that sound unachievable and outlandish, they probably are. Remember, if you have any questions, you can always count on Owen Electric for advice.
- Finally, when it's time to review and sign a solar contract, make sure the language is clear and easy to understand. Ensure any prior verbal (or emailed) promises are also included in that contract.
Going solar is a major decision, so you'll want to conduct a good bit of research first. If you're looking for a general starting point check out the Department of Energy's Homeowner's Guide to Going Solar or our Solar 101 guide.