It’s this time of year you become flooded with content about resolution and goals. Much of this content has to do with health, fitness, and wellness.
Our intention with this post is not to add to that noise but instead, give you the opportunity to learn something new. Your goals and resolutions are up to you. Many of us have a little more time on our hands these days. What better goal could you set out to accomplish than to learn something new?
If solar is on your list this year – we hope this article can help you.
1. Educate Yourself About Solar Energy
How does it work? Is solar the future? Does solar energy even work in Ohio? What about in the Snow? Do I need batteries if I go solar?
There sure is a lot to learn. We speak with so many people every day who are just starting on their solar journey. Our eBook, Your Guide to Going Solar, is a reliable place to start for those who are just starting out. Download it here.
If you’re interested in digging deep on a particular topic, check out our solar 101 webinar series. This list of webinar recordings is comprehensive and covers many frequently asked questions.
2. Keep Track of Your Energy Prices
It’s always good to reflect – especially on the money we spend. Look back at your energy prices over the last few years. Do you notice any changes in the rates that you are paying for your electricity?
Solar energy allows you to own your power instead of paying a varying, potentially increasing, monthly bill to the utility company.
We predict that between infrastructure maintenance and grid modernization over the next decade or two, energy prices will continue to rise. Escalating energy costs is a crucial factor to consider when evaluating a solar energy system for your home.
3. Understand Net Metering
Net metering is what makes residential solar energy systems so prevalent in Ohio. It’s a simple concept, but it’s new to most people.
Net-metering allows you to store the energy you produce in the electric grid in the form of credits. When your panels produce more energy than you need, excess electricity travels back into the power grid. You get credit for that energy. When you pull energy from the grid, when your panels aren’t producing energy, you can use those credits to pay for grid energy.
If you’re interested in understanding net metering better, you can read this blog or take a look at this webinar recording. In this recording from last year, Cleveland Ohio based Solar Consultant David Zelasko breaks it down, point by point.
4. Research the Financial Benefits of Solar Energy in Ohio
Will solar save you money? If you are on Facebook, you have undoubtedly seen those claims. If you have always wondered what the payback is, now is a great time to find out. The best way to understand is to get a custom quote for your home. We evaluate three main factors to bring you a custom quote:
- Available roof or ground space
- The annual electricity you use
- Your budget for solar
We’re thrilled that solar energy is more accessible to more and more people in Ohio. As the market has grown over the past 20 or so years, so too have financing options. In 2021 Third Sun Solar offers customers new and improved financing options and an opportunity to have 12 months without payments on their solar energy system.
5. Get A No Obligation Solar Estimate
If you’ve always wondered if your home is a good candidate for a solar energy system – find out!
Most installers get pretty busy in the spring and summer months when the sun is high in the sky, and people are thinking about all the solar energy their roof could be capturing. Little do most know that wintertime is the best time to start planning for that spring installation.
Maximize your savings in 2021 by planning early and getting an install in time for Ohio’s peak sun days in spring, summer, and fall.
There is a lot more to find out…
That’s why we have resources available on our blog and our YouTube page. We know that sometimes it is easier to get questions answered by a real person. Feel free to reach out – we are just a phone call away- 877-OWN-SOLAR.
Happy new year to you and yours from the Third Sun Solar team!