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Lower summer energy costs with solar panels for your home!

01 Jun 2017

Posted in General, Residential by Alba Energy

When most people think about solar panel installations on homes, images of hippies and environmental movements come to mind.

While it may be true that California leads the nation for the amount of installed solar capacity, the solar power movement is gaining momentum all across America. So the question that is often asked is, “Does it make sense to add solar to my home in Texas?”

Becoming energy independent, saving money, and improving the environment are all common reasons for adding solar panels to a home. The limiting factor that prevents many people from actually going solar at home is cost.

But, Texas residents are fortunate to have access to some of the lowest cost solar power systems in the nation thanks to local solar incentives and rebate programs. We’re talking solar power installations that pay for themselves in under 10 years, followed by another 15+ years of maintenance-free clean energy and savings while under warranty!

Here’s How To Get Started With Solar Panels On Your Texas Home

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So the answer to the above question about whether or not it makes sense to power your Texas home with solar energy is, “Yes!” But before you get too excited and run to the local home improvement store, there are a few things you should understand about the process of going solar at home.

STEP 1: Understand your power bill

How much is your average power bill? $100 dollars? $150? $200? Sure, you can probably rattle off how much money you paid for power last month, but do you know how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) you use in an average month?

Power is measured in watts, and you are charged for the amount of power you use at home in 1,000 watt-hour units. 1,000 watts burned for an hour is the same as 1 kilowatt-hour (1,000Wh = 1 kWh).

It’s important to keep track of not just your power bill in dollars, but the amount of kWh you use each month and throughout the year. Knowing specific kWh figures will help you understand how to correctly size a residential solar panel installation, and companies from which you receive solar quotes will ask for these numbers.

STEP 2: Know what you’re working with

The next important consideration is knowing what space is most suitable for solar, and how much space is available.

Texas is in the northern hemisphere, so the best way for a home solar panel installation to be oriented for year-round energy production is facing due-south.
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Since you can’t rotate your home to give you a south-facing roof, you may be limited to only certain portions of your roof, but east and west-facing roofs are better than north-facing.

Recommended Reading: Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Power

Sunlight is a solar panel’s best friend, and darkness is an enemy. When determining where on your home your solar panels will be installed, be sure to take into account shading from nearby chimneys, roof vents, and trees.

You should also keep in mind that if your roof is not suitable for solar, you can always have panels installed via pole and ground mounts. You can even have a solar canopy or carport designed to shade your deck or automobile from heat! Take a look at this solar install portfolio for a better idea of how and where solar can be installed.
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STEP 3: Contact local solar installers

Getting started with a solar consultation is as easy as doing a quick Google search or contacting your local Chamber of Commerce. Solar installers in Texas will provide you with a free solar consultation, and many of them will even inspect your home for areas where you can improve your energy efficiency. You should NEVER pay for a solar consultation!

STEP 4: Compare quotes

The proposals you receive will include a system size, measured in watts (W) or kilowatts (kW), and a total cost based on the system size (cost per Watt or $/W). It’s also important to understand how much power will be delivered by the system (kWh) and how that compares to your historic energy usage.

After you’ve compared quotes and selected your preferred solar company, it’s time to get the installation started! Depending on their inventory levels and number of customers scheduled ahead of you, solar companies in Texas should be able to get started with powering your home with solar in a couple weeks or 1 month maximum.

Summer is fast approaching, bringing with it the highest power bills of the year! Do yourself a favor and Schedule a Solar Consultation with one of the top solar companies in Texas!

About Alba Energy

Alba Energy is proud to be one of the largest solar installers in Texas, with customers from the Valley area up to San Antonio, Austin, and beyond.
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Contact Alba Energy to learn about $0 Down solar financing options and how you can save INSTANTLY on your monthly power costs with a solar panel installation!
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