Many of us want to make the move to solar energy, either to save money or to be green, or both. The trouble is, we either don’t know how to go about getting started, or it’s still a bit too cost-prohibitive to be done effectively. Even though prices have fallen, a good solar energy system can still cost a pretty penny.
This doesn’t mean that solar energy is off the table, it just means you’ll have to do a bit more research and be more thoughtful in your selections. In this post, we’ll look at some tips to help find more affordable solar energy options that’ll have you saving money and the environment in no time.
Start By Getting Quotes
Yes, that’s right, we’re saying quotes, plural. Don’t just shop for one type of option, get as many different solar energy system quotes as you can from multiple vendors. This lets you do many things. For one, you’re more likely to find deals if you at least look at all the options available from different vendors.
Second, you can see if there are any price discrepancies between brands, systems, or setups, particularly with different technological components. This will help you figure out what you need, what you don’t, and where the cost comes from.
Lastly, getting quotes shows interest and you may even be able to get vendors competitive. Much like in other industries, a competitor may be willing to drop the price simply to beat out a rival. At the very least, you’ll get a feel for the market and be able to determine what the best value available is.
Look Into Tax Incentives
Though you may not realize it, the United States as well as many other governments around the globe have green energy programs. This means that there are usually incentives such as tax breaks for buying and installing a solar panel system.
Beyond basic tax breaks, there are often other programs, subsidized loans, and assistance when paying for solar panels that can help to offset the cost of the initial purchase.
Research New Solar Tech
While it may not necessarily save you loads of money on installation, getting in on the latest new solar tech can provide more benefits than a standard traditional solar system. You’ll also be on the cutting edge of technology, meaning you don’t run the risk of buying outdated panels and equipment that need to be replaced soon after purchasing them.
You may also run upon deals for getting new products that make the system more affordable than typical systems.
Consider Long Term Savings
Our last tip if you’re still on the fence about paying the money for a solar energy system is to consider the long-term savings on your energy bill. With effective use, some homeowners have managed to eliminate their energy bills entirely and even turn a profit.
Even without going to those extremes, you can save a considerable amount each month on your electric bill while still also helping the environment. If you think you can afford to try out solar, this is one of the best reasons to give it a shot.
We hope these tips have helped you find a way to make solar energy the right option for you. Even if you can’t afford solar now, the technology is always rapidly advancing. Keep an eye out and you may find that solar is in your near future.