With soaring energy costs, many homeowners are turning to solar for both
their homes and their cars to save money. With solar companies touting
huge monthly savings for electricity costs, how can you know what makes
sense for your needs? Here are the basics of solar panels to help you start
How do solar panels work?
Solar panels are positioned on your roof and absorb energy when the sun
shines on them directly. The amount of energy generated will be affected
by the amount of square footage of the panels. Therefore, your roof must
have enough area with extended direct sunlight each day to be effective.
How to find a solar panel company?
There are a lot of solar panel companies advertising their service right now.
Some companies specialize in panels as well as roofing companies adding
solar as an option and big-box home improvement stores. It’s important to
consider both price and expertise when choosing a contractor to install the
panels. You should read reviews and get referrals before making a final
How long will the panels last?
Solar panels are typically guaranteed to last 20-30 years. The amount of
energy generated will decrease over time and you should choose a
warranty that guarantees the amount of energy over the life of the panels.
Solar panels can offer significant energy savings and lessen your reliance
on shifting prices. A solar system is also a large expense, so before
purchasing or leasing a system, do your due diligence and learn your