With the rising costs of utilities and the growing trend towards eco-friendly homes, many are choosing solar roofing installation. This process is great to consider when you are replacing a roof because the solar energy system can be installed at the same time. The process of getting started with solar is easy when you work with the right Denver roofing contractor, such as Trek Contracting.
First, we’ll help you learn how much you can save with solar and then, we’ll assist with the solar installation process.
Step One: Evaluate Your Energy Consumption
Before you purchase a solar roofing system, you’ll need to figure out how much energy your family uses on a yearly basis. Reach out to your utility provider to get a record showing yearly kWh usage. You may even be able to see a month-to-month accounting of your energy use on your latest electric bill. Add up each month to get the total kWh usage.
On average most homes use a little less than 11,000 kWh per year or about 900 kWh per month.
This information will be helpful in deciding how much you could potentially save with a solar roof. One of our experienced Denver roofing contractors will be able to walk you through the process of determining how large a solar system is needed to meet your family’s needs. There are a number of factors that go into calculating the size of a solar roofing system, including:
- Average energy usage
- Amount of direct sunlight you receive
- Compass direction your roof faces
- Pitch of your roofline
- Efficiency of the available systems
- Your available budget
Step Two: Compare Quotes and Contractors
Since getting a solar roof installed is an expensive prospect, it does pay to get a few quotes. At Trek Contracting, we can use your home energy usage information to build a fair quote for solar roofing installation. Our roofing contractors will take a look at your roof to get the rest of the needed information, such as pitch and compass direction. We’ll also go over our available solar products with you, and help you decide on panels and the number of panels.
There are also tax credits and rebates available for homeowners who install solar energy systems in Colorado, through federally run programs and non-profits. Trek Contracting can help explain what these programs are and advise you on the application process.
To get started with a free consultation with one of our Denver roofing contractors, just give us a call or fill out our online form right away.
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