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Is Your House a Good Fit for Solar Panels?

Solar power has become a very popular source of energy as of recent. So much so that municipalities nationwide are clamoring to set up energy grids to accommodate the new influx of solar customers.

But that transition truly starts in the home. So, if you’re thinking about going green with solar panels, here’s how you can determine if your property is a good candidate!

Make sure the savings are worth it

Solar Panels on Roof of HomeFirst and foremost, you’ll want to ask yourself: is this worth it? Are you raking up enough costs each month that a long-term investment in solar is the way forward?

If your energy costs are high and you’d like to take a step forward in reducing your home’s energy consumption, then you may want to consider solar!

Check the sunlight

Solar panels use direct and indirect sunlight to produce electricity in your home, so all is not lost if you live in a normally cloudy climate. Of course, the more direct sunlight your roof sees, the more power you’ll receive from your solar panels.

So, before making the decision to make the switch, do an unofficial survey of your property one afternoon to see where the best sunspots are.

An energy consultation could also help you determine what green methods would work best for your home’s current energy consumption, building plans and sun exposure.

Consider your roofing material

It’s not that the type of roof you have will keep you from installing solar panels, but it does change the installation process. If you happen to have wooden shakes, slate, clay, or a combination, be sure that you find a solar professional that has experience with installing panels on these various surfaces!

The results are in, and you’re on your way to a greener future. If you’re unsure of where to start, call on the team at Rick’s Energy Solutions! We offer a Green Home Energy Analysis and expert consultations that can evaluate your home and decide on the best green solutions for your situation. Give us a call at 707-578-5380 today to learn more!

Thinking Green: Rebuilding California Homes Affected by Wildfires

Calling the wildfires that devastated the state of California “catastrophic” would be a hefty understatement. In 2018, there were more than 8,500 wildfires in California that affected almost 2 million acres of land. Most notably, the Camp Fire that took place in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire that took place in Southern California had… Continue Reading

California to Require Solar Panels on New Homes in 2020

In California, it seems like each week, the state or local municipalities are forging the path forward on renewable energy, making it easier for customers and communities to tap into this essential, booming industry. That is why our economy continues to grow and why California has such a huge impact on the world’s greed initiative.… Continue Reading

The Update on California’s Goal of 100 Percent Clean Energy

At Rick’s Energy Solutions, we’re proud to live in a state that’s on the cutting edge of clean energy in America. It seems like each week, California hits the headlines with another major advancement in the green economy, whether it’s for automobiles, buildings, or residents. And we’re always excited to see what’s next. 100 percent… Continue Reading

Green Buildings are Improving the Health and Productivity of Employees

Green buildings are effective at reducing energy, and, therefore, cutting costs. They lie at the cutting edge of architecture, representing sustainability for years to come. Plus, they’re great for property value. There is however, something more important than the building itself—the people! Studies have shown that any buildings taking a green initiative are guaranteed to… Continue Reading