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RESIDENTIAL SOLAR

Before You Go Solar

WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE GOING SOLAR

Installing solar can lower your monthly electric bill, reduce your carbon footprint, provide protection from rising electricity costs, and also offer a safe, reliable investment. But don’t rush in too fast…there are some things you might want to consider first!


Make Your House More Energy Efficient

Make Your House More Energy Efficient

Consider how making some energy efficiency improvements such as insulation, windows, fluorescent lights, or replacing old appliances could reduce your energy consumption. Northern Pacific Power Systems is also a Licensed General Building Contractor and proficient in all aspects of energy efficient home improvements.

Reduce Your Current Energy Consumption

Reduce Your Current Energy Consumption

Solar electricity is a wonderful way to meet your energy needs, however, it is very expensive. Changing some of the ways you use your electricity and being more conservative could reduce the overall size and cost of your solar electricity system.

Make Sure Your Property Is Suited For Solar

Make Sure Your Property Is Suited For Solar

It is best to consult a professional to design your solar system, but there are some basic things to consider. Do you have available roof space or room for a ground mount? Are there any shade issues with these available spaces?

Pay Attention To Your Utility Company

Pay Attention To Your Utility Company

Take the time to understand how you are being charged for your electricity. What do you pay for each kWh? Are you being charged on a tiered basis? Are you on a time-of-use rate? Knowing how you are being charged for the electricity you consume can help you become a wiser consumer.

How Are You Going To Finance Your Solar?

Pay Attention To Your Utility Company

Now that you’ve concluded that your property is a good candidate for solar it’s time to decided how you’re going to pay for it. A cash purchase will give you a faster return on investment, but requires a significant investment. Home equity lines are a common financing method and take advantage of our currently low interest rates. Pace programs such as the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program offer financing through a municipal loan to be paid back through property taxes.


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