Buying DIY Residential Solar Power Systems
Installing a residential solar power system is a great investment for your home. Going solar can not only reduce or eliminate your power bill and potentially provide you with government subsidies and tax credits, but it’s also a terrific way to do something that benefits both the environment and your family. Best of all, in some communities you may even qualify to receive payments from your local utility for producing power for your area’s grid.
Many homeowners looking to go solar hire a professional installer to put in their system. However, more and more folks, either out of necessity or because of the savings, are electing to purchase and install their solar power systems themselves. Read on for our quick guide to purchasing a DIY residential solar power system.
Buying a DIY Solar Kit From a Retailer in Your Area
Depending on where you live in the country and your proximity to a metropolitan area, you may be able to purchase a DIY solar kit from a brick and mortar retailer in your immediate area. Buying your solar power system from a physical retailer has certain advantages.
The convenience of being able to rely on the expertise of the sales reps at an established retailer may be worth foregoing the Internet purchasing route altogether, especially if you are just getting into off-grid living and don’t know much about your options and their attendant pros and cons. Also, the staff at your local solar power system retailer may be able to counsel you about incentives and tax breaks specific to your immediate area.
But, convenience and expertise usually come with a cost. Don’t be surprised to pay a bit more for the same solar power system you could’ve purchased online if you knew what to look for.
Purchasing a DIY Solar Power System From an Internet Retailer
There are so many options when it comes to online retailers selling residential solar power systems and accessories these days, that it can be difficult to find information on the web about solar power systems that isn’t directly linked to a manufacturer or installer trying to sell you something.
So, if you live in a remote area, know exactly what you are looking for, or have enough of a background in electronics installation or service to feel confident in selecting a system without hands-on care, the additional savings inherent in making an Internet purchase makes for an excellent incentive.
Beware though, many online retailers will sell you whatever you order whether it will work as a system for your needs or not. Sometimes it’s worth paying the premium for the hands-on service you can only get at a brick and mortar retailer.
Whether you choose to purchase your DIY solar power system online or through a physical store, make sure that you’re purchasing the right system for your needs and abilities as an installer.[Photo Via: SolarPanelsSac]