So you want a renewable energy power system for your home? The excitement of generating your own electricity and saving a lot of money is great, but you need to understand all of the facts. There are several important factors that you need to consider, and this article will help you to do that. Remember that a renewable energy installation is likely to be expensive.
What Warranties are on offer?
Most reputable renewable energy companies will provide you with warranties for your renewable energy panels and inverters. If the warranty periods are less than 20 years for the panels and 10 years for the inverters then look elsewhere.
Be sure that you fully understand what your renewable energy panel system warranties cover. If you need a replacement part for your system who has to pay for the cost of the part, shipping and labor?
Get at least three Quotations and beware of cheap quotes
If a renewable energy company impresses you don’t just go with them. Contact a few other companies and get them to provide you with a quotation. You might find that the highest quote is better for quality and warranty coverage. Or you may find that the second highest quote is the best option for you.
Beware of really cheap quotations. It is true that large renewable energy companies can obtain the necessary components cheaper than smaller companies due to their purchasing power, but some companies will quote less because they will be supplying you with cheaper components that could break down soon after the installation is completed.
Don’t be pressured into signing a Contract straight away
There will be renewable energy power sales people who will tell you that you need to sign a contract immediately to benefit from a price they have quoted you. Do not fall for this. They will still want your business tomorrow or in a week’s time.
Just tell the sales people that you want time to consider their offer. Be open with them and tell them that you are talking with other companies. A rushed decision to purchase a renewable energy power system maybe something that you will regret later on.
Have your Roof properly assessed
Unfortunately, not all roofs are going to be suitable for renewable energy panels. They may get too much shade or simply not be strong enough to support the panels. The condition of your roof is also important. If you need to make repairs, then get these done prior to installing the renewable energy system. Taking all of the panels off to make a repair later will be a nightmare.
Not all Renewable Energy Inverters are equal
When you have a renewable energy installation you will need inverters to convert the direct current (DC) electricity created by the renewable energy cells, into alternating current (AC) electricity that you will need to use in your home.
Not all inverters are efficient as they could be. This is important as the efficiency of your inverters will have a significant impact on the time it takes to recoup your renewable energy installation purchase costs.
Do your homework on the most efficient brands of inverter. Inefficient inverters waste more electricity in the conversion process due to heat. Ask the renewable energy companies that you are talking with to specify the inverters that they plan to install. Check these online for their efficiency.
A renewable energy power system should be a sound investment where you can reap the benefits for years to come. Take your time and check everything out before going ahead.