It is always a good idea to obtain multiple quotes from multiple contractors when doing any type of renovation to a home. Having a solar system installed is no different. Many homeowners are reluctant to speak with one contractor let alone several. Apart from the time commitment, it may be difficult to know what questions to ask and why they are important. Homeowners looking into solar for the first time should utilize the time they have during the initial meeting with a potential installer. Solar is a sizeable investment and a potential solar owner shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions but what questions should be asked?
Solar has become a popular option for those looking to save money on their electricity bill. As such, there are many solar installers in states that are ideal for solar consumers. Different solar installers offer different solar packages. Solar equipment, installation, finance options, etc. may differ from company to company, it is therefore important to ask potential installers:
27. Is there a different billing plan that the homeowner will need to switch to when the solar has been installed?
Utility companies have different billing plans. Generally, utility companies bill usage in one of two different ways though the details of those billing plans may vary based on the utility company. The first common plan is known as “Level Pay” or some variation thereof. A level pay plan will bill customers by separating the total kilowatt hours used in a billing cycle into tiers. Higher tiers will result in higher billing charges.
“Time of Use” or “TOU” is another common billing plan. Time of Use billing works like cell phone charges used to. The utility company determines peak times and off peak times. Electricity used during peak times will be billed at a higher rate than electricity used during off-peak times.
Which type of plan is better for the homeowner? That is a question that should be asked of potential solar installers. Local solar installers should be knowledgeable about the different utility billing plans available and which ones will save the most money once solar is installed.
It is important to maximize time spent with a potential solar installer. There are many important questions to ask before investing in a solar system and its best to ask them before any money is spent on the system. Stay tuned for more questions that are important to ask when obtaining a solar quote.
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