To DIY or Not: Factors to Consider for Your Home Solar Power System

So you’re contemplating on installing a solar power system at your home. You might have your own reasons for this, but many people consider that mounting a solar power system will reduce their household’s energy costs.

Before buying all the materials needed for the project, there are various factors that should be considered, whether you do it yourself or hire a contractor for the job.

First on the list is the total cost of the project. With a contractor, you’ll be paying more, because of labor costs and mark-up on the materials.

A solar power system is composed of a lot of parts. Therefore you need to have basic electrical skills to be able to correctly install the system. For a DIY project, once a problem arises, you’re on your own. If you go for a contractor, they can pinpoint the problem and fix it for you.

You should also consider the risks when mounting the solar panels, which are usually located on top of roofs.  This would involve going up a ladder while carrying tools and the solar panels as well. If you fear heights, then it’s probably better to outsource your solar panel installation project.

Many solar power kits have fine print in their warranties that state that if you install your own system without qualifications, the warranty will be invalid. This might be another reason to find a qualified professional for the job.

Another thing to consider is the tax incentives that your solar power system may be eligible for. Some tax incentives are only awarded if the solar system is installed by a licensed contractor. You might miss out on rebates if you do it yourself.

Finally, be sure to check your local building codes to be sure that your DIY solar power project does not violate any laws. Some areas have strict building codes that might not permit a major home improvement project such as the installation of solar panels on your roof.

These are some of the factors you need to consider before installing any DIY solar power systems in your home. DIY might be a cheaper way to do things, but there are also advantages to outsourcing it to a qualified contractor. Home owners should think things through before starting on an installation.

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One Response to “To DIY or Not: Factors to Consider for Your Home Solar Power System”

  1. Car Accessories December 2, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    Great cars in your list. It’s good that they’re environmental friendly.

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