Getting Started With Solar Power
It doesn’t take much today to see the benefits of using solar power. With electricity prices rising most years and environmental pollution continuing to increase, more people are now turning to solar energy to power their homes and businesses, than ever before. Unfortunately, getting started with solar power can be quite tricky. There’s a wealth of information out there (some of it unreliable) and countless Solar Industry Retailers to choose from.
So how do you choose the right Solar Power package for you? There’s no quick answer to that question, and there shouldn’t be.
If you want the best service and provider for your needs, you need to do as much research as you can to make the right decision. While there’s no single process to answer this question, the following is a quick guide that we think will help you more easily decide what’s right for you. Please also browse through our website, as we have a wealth of knowledge available to you that we are always updating. Hopefully, we can claer up and questions you have. If you have any new questions after reading through please let us know and we will be happy to help!
Getting Started With Solar - Tip #1: Assess Your Usage
Getting the right the size system doesn’t start with listening to as many solar companies, crafty sales pitches as you can listen to - it’s starts with you!
First start with your copy of your most recent power bill. If this is a smaller power bill than normal, then we suggest, you take your largest power bill that you have had on the last 12 month period. By analysing your bill, you’ll get a better idea of what your average daily usage is. From here you simple divide your average daily usage by 4. For example - If your bill has an average daily usage of 20kWh divide that by 4, which gives you 5. This means, if all of that usage was used through the day, a 5kW Solar System would produce enough power on average to cover your power consumption. This is a start.
Now that you have this number it is unlikely that you only use power through the day as most people might run air-conditioners or heaters through the night, as well as, most homes still have "standby" power running 24 hours a day. Standby power is the power your appliances use, just being ready for you to turn it on, at any time. It is for this reason it is unreasonable to suggest you only use power through day time hours.
So next we need to work out how much of the power your 5kW system produces, can be used through the day. This is usually an estimate but we find most customers would be able to use 50-70% of their solar production.
Lastly, go to our home page and you will see a calculator where you can select your size system and the percentage that most likely suits your situation. Viola! You can work out how much savings you are likely to experience from that system. Feel free to change the numbers as well to see how it effects your expected savings.
If you’re unsure of how to do read your power bill and would like some help, speak to one of our friendly consultants.
Getting Started With Solar - Tip #2: Inspect your property
Once you know what size you need and have an idea what it will save you. The next step is to assess your property for the suitability of the installation. Here there can be a little more to it, than meets the eye and its best to speak with a consultant who can inspect your roof, switchboard and property for any other work, that could inhibit you getting your new system. For people with really high roofs we can also organise drone shots to work with you on placement of the panels where you would like them.
If you don't feel comfortable having a consultant come to your house, because you just aren't that committed yet. That is fine too. Just contact our consultant and they can liaise with you over the phone and/or email to determine this for you remotely. This is a great option for those people that want a more, passive approach to exploring the opportunities of solar.
Getting Started With Solar - Tip #3: Quote
Now you know what size you need, how much it will save you and the size and configuration it can fit on your roof. The next step it to decide on products you would like and pricing for each. Here our friendly consultants will work with you to match a quality system design to your budget. We are happy to provide you multiple quotes for different products and offer a range of products to suit most peoples tastes. If you have a particular product that you have your heart set on, just tell your consultant and we can try and source it for you.
You are welcome to get comparison quotes if you like, but beware of getting too many as we often find customers by getting too many quotes they end up just confused with all of the different spec sheets and warranties. We invite you to research the companies behind the quotes as well and read their reviews.
Often the best companies are the ones that use tier one products, don't subcontract the installation out and have generally good customer reviews.
Our company only uses quality tier 1 products, we don't subcontract any of our work out. We employ our own installers in house for peace of mind and simplicity. You can also find a link to our customer reviews here.
Getting Started With Solar - Tip #4: Approvals and Installation
If you decide to go with Apollo Solar, the rest is really simple as well. After you sign a contract, we apply for the system on your behalf and once your energy provider has approved the system, we will contact you to arrange a convenient time and date for the installation. It's easy as that.
If you would like to explore this some more simply contact one of our friendly consultants and we will be happy to help. Click here to get some help going solar today!