Solar Simplified for Homeowners

Have you ever thought about going solar but don't know where to start? Installing solar on your home does not have to be overly complex or costly; become an informed and empowered homeowner with these simple steps to solar:

10 Simple Steps to Solar:

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Learn more about the different solar technologies and determine which ones will best meet your home energy needs and goals. Read through the Solar FAQs to get answers to common questions.

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Look at your power bill (or contact your utility) to figure out how much energy you use annually. You can also use our simple solar calculator to estimate how much you could save with solar.

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Start thinking about your personal energy, economic, and environmental goals, so you can customize your solar installation to meet your needs.

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A more energy efficient home will improve the return on your solar investment. Learn about low-hanging fruit that could save you money.

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Solar makes sense for many homes (yes, even in areas with lots of snow). Don't assume your home isn't suitable for solar; instead, you should speak with a solar contractor so they can help you navigate potential challenges to solar (roof age, restrictive HOAs or zoning laws, historic districts, and/or shade trees). There are often readily available solutions! If you live in Salt Lake County, you can use the Solar Simplified Map to estimate your home's annual solar potential.

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Contact 2-3 installers and request a customized bid. See the comprehensive contractor list and learn more about selecting a solar contractor. Contractors will set up a site visit and discuss your options in depth; be prepared with questions and be sure to check out these Solar FAQs first!

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Ask your solar contractor if they offer financing options (many do). Shop around by checking with your financial institution about traditional financing options or check out one of the financing programs available to Utahns.

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Work with your selected contractor to apply to connect with your utility (through a net metering agreement) and get credit for any excess energy you provide to the grid. (Please note: net metering agreements differ among utilities; check with your utility and ask about their net metering terms or ask your solar contractor to help with this).

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Let your neighbors, friends, and family members know about your decision to install solar. Spread the word on social networking and share your story with us!

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Work with your selected contractor to apply for available incentives and improve your return on investment!

 

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