How to avoid bad solar

LDSreliance shares how to avoid bad solar installations

We love hearing the many success stories and reading the five-star reviews from our EnergySage customers who go solar and save a ton of money on electricity bills! But, just like with any industry, there’s not a 100 percent success rate. One of the most important things you can do is find a trusted solar installer in your area so you don’t end up with solar panels that aren’t performing ideally. Check out this video from LDSreliance to learn how to avoid issues when going solar. (Spoiler alert: using EnergySage to get pre-vetted installers and easily compare quotes is one of the ways to go solar the right way!)


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How to decide if you should go solar 

While solar can save most homeowners money, it’s not for everyone. There are a few basic things to consider including your current electricity bills, the direction your roof faces, how big your roof is, and if your roof is shaded by nearby trees. Legit solar installers will take all of these things into consideration when creating your quote. 

For example, a reputable solar installer may ask you if you’d be able to cut down trees if a substantial part of your roof is shaded by trees on your property. They should also help you design your solar panel system for optimal performance,  accounting for the direction your roof faces as well as any shading at any times of the day caused by other homes, buildings, or trees. 

An alternative if you can’t install solar panels


One important thing to remember is that even if you don’t own your home or your roof isn’t ideal for installing solar panels, you can still use solar by subscribing to a local community solar farm. While you’ll see the most savings if you can install solar panels on your home, you can still save up to 15 percent on your annual electricity bills with community solar. 

Other resources on going solar

LDSreliance mentions more about his firsthand experience using EnergySage to connect with nearby solar installers in his video and show notes. Here are some additional resources to ensure you’re making the right decision when considering solar:

Find a trusted installer and save money going solar

Want to find out what you could save by going solar and if it’s a good fit for you? Sign up for a free account on the EnergySage Marketplace to start getting quotes for solar today. By comparing multiple quotes, you’ll be able to find the right system for you at a great price! Not quite ready to receive quotes? You can also use our Solar Calculator to get an estimate of how much you’ll save by going solar. 


Editor’s note: EnergySage sponsored this video from LDSreliance, which appears on their YouTube Channel

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About Ellen Sirull

Ellen is an expert in content creation, with a specific focus in helping people learn more about clean energy, solar, and EVs. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in journalism and earned an MBA at Kennesaw State University. Outside of work, you can find her spending time with her family, friends, and dogs as well as traveling, exploring new places, trying new food, or watching Georgia football.

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