If you’re thinking about taking advantage of solar power in your home, here are some things you should consider.
1. Consider the big energy picture
When considering a renewable energy source, it’s important to not only focus on the solar hardware, but things like battery storage to further reduce your bills, and energy efficient appliances to maximise ongoing energy efficiency in your home.
2. You get what you pay for
The growing popularity of renewable energy has seen an increasing number of suppliers who offer ‘cheap’ solutions. Solar systems can last up to 25-years, so you’ll want a quality product from a supplier that will be around for the long-term otherwise, you may end up paying more in the long run.
3. Don’t just invest in solar feed-in tariffs
Many people only make the switch to solar to take advantage of electricity feed-in-tariffs. However, today, it’s better to purchase a solar system that reduces your need to draw electricity from the grid. This way, you’re saving on buying electricity from your retailer, rather than getting paid for selling it back.
4. Look up at your roof
Some roofs are better than others. Generally, a north or north-west facing roof, not blocked by trees or shade from other buildings is best however, this doesn’t mean other roof angles won’t work.
5. Know what rebates are available
Previously, the choice to go solar could be a big investment however, there are now many forms of government rebates that you can take advantage of. Click here for more information about Government rebates.