After you install solar panels on your roof, you are left wondering, what comes next? We will tell you everything you need to know about the steps after installing a solar system. This article will also cover your home’s value, the environment’s state, and your electricity bill.
Switching On The Panels
You cannot immediately start enjoying the benefits of generating renewable energy as you still need to cover two important steps. The first and most important thing you need to do is to install a bi-directional meter.
This meter is necessary because it not only supplies electricity to your home through the grid but also exports the excess energy from your solar panels and provides it to the grid, ultimately lowering your electricity bills. A bi-directional meter is usually installed along with the solar panels, so you might have to skip this step.
Secondly, you cannot generate solar energy until your utility company approves you. Therefore, you must wait for permission before switching to solar. But you do not need to worry much about this since your solar company can handle this. If you meet these two requirements, you can safely generate renewable energy and lower your electricity bill by a significant margin.
Monitoring Power Output
Many good solar panel companies sell solar panels that can be controlled and monitored remotely so that you know everything is working correctly. The remote connection is connected through the home’s WiFi network. A premium feature priced at $200-300 is that you can watch your solar panels’ power output and the energy they export to the utility.
Plummeting Electricity Bills
In the daytime, you will likely have excess solar power. This might be more than your home’s daily needs. So what do you do? You can either get a battery that can store that excess energy or export that power to the grid so that your electricity costs go down. Net metering allows you to get extra credits in your bill from the utility company, saving you money.
A fantastic benefit of net metering is that if you have exceeded the limit of energy generation compared to energy consumption by your home due to the solar panels, you can transfer that excess credit to future energy bills.
Depending on your utility, you may also have the option to be paid out at the end of your annual billing cycle. Net metering extracts the total value of your solar power production without using solar storage.
Saving 80% or more of their money, homeowners can invest those saved tens of thousands of dollars in other avenues. They even recover the system’s initial cost of the solar system.
Go Solar Other Benefits
There are tons of other benefits to you going solar. Firstly, your home’s value is bound to increase as statistics point out that homes with solar panels see a 4% increase in property value.
Secondly, you save money and earn it by giving the extra energy made by your solar energy back to the utility.
Lastly, installing a solar panel doesn’t only help you in keeping your wallet bulked up but it also lowers your carbon footprint by providing a clean, renewable alternative to fossil fuels or other non-renewable energy sources.