When it comes to solar, not every company is made the same. With so many available options on the market, how do you choose the right company for your solar needs?
Well, look no further! We’ve compiled a list of our top recommendations for what you should be on the lookout for when choosing a solar company.
Tip #1: Do Your Research
Whether you’re looking for plumbing or solar installation, the number one thing that we recommend is doing your due diligence in the research phase of your home project. This means familiarizing yourself with every step in the solar installation process.
From looking up companies online to researching the product itself, you should have a general idea of what you’re looking for and what your specific goals are with solar.
There are a number of factors to consider in your research, with one of the most important being online reviews.
When researching online reviews, take a moment to look past what’s on the surface. What is that company’s average rating? If they’re only scoring perfect reviews, chances are that it’s probably a little suspicious. Additionally, you can look for fake reviews by simply typing the person’s name in Facebook or LinkedIn to see if they work for that company.
Your research doesn’t end there, however! Check to see if the company you’re interested in working with has a physical address. If not, what are you going to do if there’s an issue and you can’t get ahold of the salesman? Do they have a website? If the answer to both of these questions is no, then that’s cause for a major red flag.
Some other important factors to research include:
- Warranty information
- Cost of services
Don’t get all of your information from one place, though!
Tip #2: Be Cautious
If something’s too good to be true, it probably is, and that’s especially true for solar. When you’re shopping around for solar service providers, don’t automatically pounce on the cheapest option. Remember, this is a decision that will impact your energy expenses for nearly three decades on average.
The installation of your home solar system is a complicated process that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You want to ensure that you’re in good, trustworthy hands for whatever issues that might arise. From coordinating with your local utility company to filing permits and everything in between, there’s a large margin for error that you can avoid by simply being cautious with which company you choose to work with at the start.
Tip #3: Get Multiple Opinions
Harping back to our previous tip, cost should not be the only factor you consider when choosing a company. Is your home actually suitable for solar? How do you know?
Play the field and receive quotes from multiple companies before diving headfirst into a contract that doesn’t have your best interests in mind. By doing so, you cover yourself in the event that solar might not be the best option for you.
Tip #4: Trust in Experience
You should always be wary of individuals and companies that see you as nothing more than a quick cash grab. Remember, by investing in solar, you’re investing in yourself. You want to ensure that you’re working with experts that have years of tried and true experience in the field.
Tip #5: Trust in Licensure
Solar licensing requirements vary state by state. In order to determine if a business is properly qualified to do the work you’re looking for, check out the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s Solar Licensing Database.
Here, you can ensure that you’re receiving licensed work from a reputable solar service provider.
We hope you feel better informed now for when you’re ready to make the jump to solar. At Energy Monster, we’re prepared to give you an honest assessment for whatever your solar energy needs may be. Give us a call today to get started on the path to clean, renewable energy!