Solar Panel installation may appear to be quite straight forward – you find an installer you like, receive a quote, proceed with the installation and sit back and enjoy your free electricity. But it is essential that you follow a few basic guidelines to ensure you get the best from your solar panels. Below are some Do’s and Don’ts that we recommend, ranging from your installation to the upkeep of your solar panels.
Solar Panel Installation Do’s & Don’ts
- Do check what grants and schemes you are eligible for – you can make some great savings and financial returns.
- Don’t settle for the first quote you receive. Always receive a few quotes so you can compare.
- Do choose an MCS certified installer. You will need an MCS certified installer to qualify for the FIT scheme.
- Don’t be pressured into signing an installation contract. Take time to reflect on the quotes.
- Do ensure that there are no hidden costs or charges.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You can ask either your installer, or the great online community of solar experts.
- Do check that your roof can support the weight of the solar panels.
- Don’t think that solar panels won’t work for you just because you live in a cloudy climate – they still work, even when cloudy.
Solar Panel Maintenance Do’s & Don’ts
- Do keep the solar panels clean from dirt and leaves to ensure maximum efficiency.
- Don’t let trees and shrubs cast shadows over your solar panels – keep nearby plants trimmed.
- Do use an expert for advanced maintenance, such as changing an inverter.
- Do monitor when you most use your electricity, as batteries can be used to store electricity if you are not using the energy during daylight.
Now you know the Do’s and Don’ts of solar panels, you are ready to start your solar panel adventure. Solar Panels have come a long way in recent years, and installation prices have never been better, so it is a great time to consider this great source of renewable energy.
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