Going solar is one of the best ways to turn your [city] home into an eco-friendly and self-sustaining environment. You’re not only helping protect the environment, you’re also harnessing the free power of the sun. And when you pair this with an energy-efficient lighting system like LED lighting, you have a winning combination.

As the demand for solar electric power systems continues to rise in the United States, more companies are offering solar power solutions for ordinary homeowners. And as LED light bulbs continue to get cheaper, what could be better than combining the two?

But before you take advantage of these solutions, here are a few things to consider.

Buy According to Your Average Monthly Energy Consumption

Before looking for a solar panel system, you should have an idea of your average monthly electricity consumption to ensure you have enough electricity for all your appliances. Not all solar power systems are built the same way, so be sure you check your average monthly electricity consumption to know which system to get.

It helps to look for a solar energy consultant, who can look at your current power needs and recommend a custom solution for your home, its structure, location, as well as current and future power requirements. You want a buffer that will allow you to add more lights and other appliances in the future.

Check Production Guarantee

As mentioned earlier, not all solar energy systems are the built the same way, which is why it’s important to know what a system’s production guarantee is before you make any final purchase decisions. A production guarantee is essentially the minimum amount of electricity the solar power system can generate and store, factoring in wear and tear and weather conditions.

Your solar power systems provider will be the best source of information about this, so be sure to ask. Also, check with them if they monitoring and maintenance services, which will ensure you get the most out of your investment.

Warranty and Installation

Find a provider that offers the best warranty coverage on their solar power system. Switching to solar energy and buying a complete solar power system is a significant investment that will cost at least a few thousand dollars, so you want a provider/manufacturer that will stand by their product.

Most solar panel providers have a 20-year warranty program, but be sure to ask your provider if they have other plans you can sign up for to extend the warranty period. And remember, installation of a big solar panel system is best left to the professionals. The company should have their own technicians that will install the system for you and teach you the basics on maintenance.

Closing Thoughts

Switching to solar energy is a like switching to LED bulbs. It won’t come cheap, but you also end up saving a lot on electricity consumption. But unlike LEDs, which take time to pay off for themselves, you will feel your utility costs come down after the first month of installing your solar power system. You can even sell your excess electricity to your local energy provider!