The general rule of thumb is if a roof is no more than 7 years old it’s okay to do solar. A roof 7 to 9 years old well kept in good condition can install solar without concern. The key is a roof should be in Good to Excellent Condition before going solar.
A 10-year-old roof or older is a challenge because it will need replacement within 5 to 8 years. Timing is critical when it comes to maximizing your ROI with home solar. Bottom line is to consider replacing the roof if needed because just like an A/C unit, new roofs are more efficient.
As far as solar installation is concerned, they do very little penetrations to the roof if any at all. They stand behind their work and will address any installation issues going forward.
Re-Caulk All Windows and Doors
This is one of the cheapest steps for improving home energy efficiency. Windows are one of those things that are a contractor’s nightmare. The same windows with the same installers get different results when it comes to efficiency.
It’s best to reseal all your windows every 3 to 5 years in Florida because the weather is hard on caulking.
The best energy saving technology in decades. They burn cool, last long and are amazingly efficient. I challenge anybody to replace all the regular bulbs in their home and you will see a lower power bill. LED bulbs are expensive but well worth the investment.
Attic Fans and Blown Insulation
In Florida, attics get extremely hot and installing additional vent fans and blown insulation improves efficiency and lowers kWh used.
Any homeowner that makes all these improvements will have as an efficient home as possible and a power bill to match.
These improvements will help folks with high power bills that are $225 and up because they are expensive improvements to make. A power bill any lower is not going to improve as dramatically unless it’s $200 and you know it’s too high. Then you can probably get the bill reduced to $110 to $125 it might be worth making all of these improvements. The lower the power bill the smaller the solar system needed which is additional savings.
How To Buy A Home Solar System
Now that you have what’s needed before installing solar done, you’re prepared for home solar. The good part of this preparation is you will need a smaller system which will result in saving thousands of dollars.
At this point you want to receive at least 3 months of power bills to compare to the year before to determine the right size solar system.
Once you’ve received three months of billing you are ready to go solar. Now the question is, how do I get the best deal? That’s where “Your Solar Advocate” Consulting Firm comes in because you can get a home solar system at a wholesale cost of $2.75 a Watt installed.
Get everything for cost with total guidance from the first step to the last step. We provide the expertise needed to be sure you have the most efficient system for the lowest price without sacrificing quality.