FAQ FOR HOMEOWNERS
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The benefits of solar energy include significant savings on your electricity bills as solar can offset much of your household’s electricity needs. It can increase your property value, as homes with solar panels often sell quicker and at a higher price. It reduces your carbon footprint, helping you contribute to a greener environment. You might also be eligible for tax credits and other incentives.
Solar energy works through a process called the photovoltaic effect. Solar panels contain photovoltaic cells that absorb sunlight. This sunlight excites the electrons in the cells, causing them to move and create an electric current. This direct current (DC) is converted to alternating current (AC) via an inverter for household use. Any excess energy can be stored in a battery or fed back into the grid.
If you have a battery storage system linked to your solar panels, you will have electricity during a power outage. However, if you don’t have a battery system and are only grid-tied, your solar system will automatically shut down in a power outage for safety reasons.
The cost of a solar energy system can vary significantly based on several factors including the size of the system, your location, and the type of equipment used. On average, a residential solar system may range from $12,000 to $25,000 before incentives. However, this can pay off in the long run with reduced electricity costs.
There are various ways to pay for your solar system. You can make an outright cash purchase, which often yields the highest long-term savings. Alternatively, you can take advantage of solar loans which have competitive interest rates which typically require little to no upfront costs.
Yes, over time your solar system can pay for itself. The savings from your electricity bill, combined with federal tax credits and other incentives, can help recover the initial investment. The time it takes to reach this ‘break-even point’ can range from 5 to 10 years, depending on various factors.
How much you save on your electric bills with solar depends on several factors, including the size of your solar panel system, the amount of sunlight your location receives, and your household’s electricity usage. However, on average, solar can help most homeowners save between 50% to 90% on their electric bills.
The solar energy produced by your system is first used to power your home. If your system produces more energy than you consume, the excess energy is either sent back to the grid if you have a grid-tied system or stored in a battery if you have a battery storage system. This stored energy can be used when your panels aren’t producing electricity, like at night.
Installing solar panels at your home involves a multi-step process. It starts with an initial site evaluation and quotation, followed by system design to suit your specific energy needs. Then there is the permit process, followed by the physical installation of the panels. Once installed, the system must be inspected and approved by a local official before it’s finally activated.
Several factors determine if your roof is suitable for solar panels. These include the orientation and tilt of your roof, amount of daily sunlight, size of the roof, and its structural soundness. Our survey experts will be able to assess these factors and determine if solar panels would be a good fit for your home.
The number of panels you need depends on your energy usage and the amount of sun your property receives. As an example, if you require a 5kW solar system and you choose 250W panels, you would need 20 panels. Our solar experts will calculate the exact number based on your specific circumstances.
From the initial consultation to the final installation, getting solar installed usually takes between 1 to 3 months. This timeline includes time for consultation, design, permitting, installation, and inspection. However, this can vary depending on your installer, local permitting authorities, and your utility company.
Most solar panel systems are designed to last between 25 to 30 years. However, even after this period, they can still produce electricity, although their efficiency may decrease slightly. Proper maintenance and care can help extend the life of your solar system beyond the estimated lifespan.
Solar systems require minimal maintenance, as they have no moving parts. However, regular cleaning to remove dust and debris, and occasional inspections to ensure everything is functioning properly, can help keep your system running at peak efficiency. Your solar provider can assist with setting up a maintenance schedule.
A good solar company will have a strong reputation with positive reviews and testimonials from previous customers. They should hold proper licensing and insurance, and offer comprehensive warranties. They should provide transparent pricing and be able to guide you through the entire process, from the initial consultation to installation and aftercare.
Installing solar panels can increase your home’s value. According to several studies, homes with solar energy systems sell faster and at a higher price compared to those without. If you move, you can either transfer the solar lease/PPA to the new owner, or purchase the system outright to be included in the sale of your home.
Read our blog post on How Solar Increases California Property Values for more details.
While solar can increase your home’s value. In California, solar energy systems are exempt from property taxes. This means your property taxes won’t increase despite the increased value of your home.
Whether your Homeowners Association (HOA) needs to approve your solar project depends on the rules set by the HOA. However, many states have laws that prevent HOAs from prohibiting solar panel installations. It’s best to check with your HOA and local regulations.
The benefits of residential solar energy storage include increased energy independence, as you can store excess solar power for use when the sun isn’t shining or during power outages. It also allows for energy bill savings by enabling load shifting, where you can use stored solar energy during peak utility rates. Finally, it provides a reliable backup power source during grid failures.
Yes, one of the primary benefits of a solar energy storage system is its ability to provide electricity during power outages. The stored solar power can be used to keep your essential home systems running until the power is restored.
Absolutely! A solar energy storage system can serve as a backup power source during outages and can also help lower your electric bills. By storing excess solar energy, you can use it when the electricity rates are highest or when your panels aren’t producing enough electricity, such as at night or during cloudy days, thus reducing your reliance on the grid.
Solar energy storage systems work by storing the excess energy produced by your solar panels. This stored energy is saved in a battery for use when the solar panels aren’t producing electricity. The energy storage system includes a charge controller to manage the flow of electricity between the panels, battery, and your home, as well as an inverter to convert the stored DC power into AC power for use in your home.
The number of batteries you need will depend on your energy usage, the size of your solar panel system, and the amount of backup power you desire. Your solar installer can provide an accurate estimate based on a thorough assessment of your energy needs.
Yes, you can install a solar energy storage system even if you already have a solar energy system. This can be a great option if you’re looking to enhance your energy independence and have a reliable backup power source. However, it’s essential to work with a knowledgeable installer to ensure the new storage system integrates effectively with your existing setup.
Signs that your roof needs replacement include curling or missing shingles, visible sagging, leaks, and a buildup of shingle granules in your gutters. Additionally, if your roof is over 20-25 years old, it might be time for a replacement.
Contact an expert at the Citadel team. We’ll survey your current roof and proceed accordingly. After the survey we’ll discuss material options, timeline, warranties, and cleanup expectations.
Find a reputable roofing contractor by checking for licenses, insurance, and positive customer reviews. Look for a history of quality work, responsiveness, and strong customer service. Always ask for and check references.
The cost of a new roof varies widely based on size, material, labor costs, and your geographic location. On average, homeowners can expect to pay between $5,000 and $15,000 for an average new roof, but higher-end materials or complex jobs can cost more.
Roofs can be made of a variety of materials including asphalt shingles, metal, slate, tile, and wood. Each has its own aesthetic, cost, longevity, and durability considerations. Discuss your options with a knowledgeable contractor.
The time to install a new roof depends on its size, complexity, and the materials used, but it typically takes 1-3 days. Inclement weather or unexpected repairs can extend this timeline.
Warranties vary but generally cover manufacturing defects and installation errors. Manufacturer warranties cover defects in roofing materials, while contractor warranties cover faults in the installation. Ensure the contractor details the warranties in your contract.
To ensure your new roof is installed properly, hire a reputable contractor with good reviews and credentials. Regular inspections and proper maintenance also help ensure longevity. It’s also wise to request a final inspection upon completion.
Warranties for roofing work typically fall into two categories: manufacturer’s warranties, which cover the materials used in your roofing project, and workmanship warranties, which cover the labor and installation. The specific terms and lengths of these warranties can vary, so be sure to discuss this with your roofing contractor.
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We can help you secure a home improvement loan at competitive rates through one of our financial partners.
Yes. The federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) pays for 26 percent of the cost of solar energy and solar energy storage systems. California’s net metering program provides solar energy system owners with credit for extra solar electricity they send into the grid. And the California “SGIP” program offers a rebate for qualifying solar energy storage systems. Learn more here.