DIY Home Solar Installation Mistakes
It sounds like a simple and fun job; so why should you leave your home solar panel installation to the pros? Because it’s all too easy for something to go wrong when you try to DIY.
Here are 4 common mistakes DIYers make.1. Tapping solar panels for “excess” energy to heat bath/shower water.
Why not take cold water, cool down overheated solar panels, and then use the heat “leached” into this coolant to warm up your showers and baths? In theory, this tactic sounds great — like you’re killing two birds with one stone. But in reality, the math just doesn’t work out. You’re either going to be bathing/showering in frigid water, or you’re going to have to wait a long, long, long time for hot enough water.
2. Needlessly striving to stay completely “off the grid” to fight The Man.
Yes, being tied to the grid can be frustrating, particularly if you don’t use much energy and, theoretically, you could get by most days without relying on other power sources. But don’t act ideologically. On a day-to-day level, you want consistency, ease, and cost control — not only to make your life run smoother but also to maximize the environmental benefits of solar. Dovetailing your home solar power set up with the grid can save you money and maximize efficiency.
3. Causing pointless accidents/injuries.
If you’re innately handy, you could very well DIY and survive. But installing even a small standalone solar unit can be quite a bit of work, and you almost certainly lack the project management skills needed to get best and safest results. You might not get electrocuted or fall off your roof and die. But you could hurt your back or strain yourself. Alternatively, you could botch aspects of the installation, which could make your roof more vulnerable to leaking, sagging and ultimately collapse. You might not even see the consequences of your botched handiwork until years later, at which point you’ll need to pay out a ton to clean up the mess.
4. Underestimating the peace of mind that comes with finding a qualified expert team.
Think about it. How much do you earn at your job on a per hour basis? Your time is not worth zero dollars – there’s a value to it. Why not contract out the work, so that you can spend time either engaging in the profession you love or doing fun things with your family?
Avoid these 4 missteps: talk to the team here at Save A Lot Solar. Our honest, experienced professionals can help you get the job done – the right way – and enjoy benefits for years.