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What to Know Before Installing Solar Panels

Atlas Insurance Brokers - Rochester, MN

Solar panels can be economically and environmentally sound, and they’re more accessible than ever. But, is solar power right for you here in southern Minnesota? To help you address the question, here are five things to think about before making the switch:

  1. The different options for installing a solar system. Oftentimes you don’t have to foot the full cost of going solar yourself. Instead, you may be able to lease a system from a company that installs and maintains it, or enter into an agreement where a third party actually owns the system and bills you (likely at a reduced rate) for electricity. Just keep in mind that installing and owning your own system may provide the best long-term return, and tax credits or rebates may help to lower upfront costs.

  2. Your current energy costs — and your future needs. Depending on your situation, you could have relatively low energy bills now and not be as motivated to pursue solar as someone with higher costs. But what does the future look like? If your family is growing, your energy costs are probably about to grow, too, and investing in solar might be worth your while.

  3. The power a system would generate. Have a reputable solar company measure the amount of sun your home gets, taking into account things such as shade, trees, etc., so you can make an informed decision about expected savings.

  4. What your homeowners policy says. With any improvement that increases the value of your home, you need to make sure your insurance policy reflects the change. How and where your solar panels are installed can change how they need to be insured. Give us a call to see if your policy already covers solar panels. If it doesn’t, we can help add coverage.

  5. Your goals. Are you mainly looking to save money? Help the environment? Both? Knowing your goals will help you determine whether solar is the right choice for you, as well as which option makes the most sense. No matter what you choose, even considering solar means you’re thinking about energy a little differently. And that’s a good thing.

Renewable power – it can help protect you from rising energy costs and even power outages, not to mention the good it does for the environment. Just be sure to consider your options and all the costs involved before making the leap.

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