Going green is something that many of us are looking into lately. There are various schemes available, however, because it is such a popular field, there are now a number of companies that are swindling unsuspecting residents out of a lot of money. Luckily, there are a few hints and tips you can follow in order to make sure you only deal with a good commercial solar install company.
Let’s take a look.
Hints and Tips
1. Only deal with a company that is MCS registered. You can check this through the non-profit government sponsored company, the Energy Saving Trust (available online, or through a free phone number).
2. Only deal with companies that do not use hard sale tactics.
3. Read up on independent reviews provided by previous customers.
One of the things the government has done to encourage people to go green is to provide the Feed in Tariff (FIT). This means that any electricity you generate but don’t use can be fed back to the grid.
This is a great idea, because you will see a significant reduction in your energy bills and make money longer term. However, there are a few things you should check out:
1. Make sure you never have to hand over your FIT for more than 20 years.
2. Make sure you have a buyout opportunity, so you can at some point purchase the panels.
The amount should reduce over time.
3. Make sure that there are details surrounding what you should do should you come to sell your house before the 25 years (or however long you are handing over your FITs have
There are a few more things you should know about solar panels to make sure that you don’t end up in trouble. First of all, if you rent your property, your landlord has to give permission for the panels, not you. Secondly, your roof angle and position has to be right in order for the panels to be able to work. Any company that doesn’t look into this should be avoided.
It is possible to have free solar panels installed, so long as you do the appropriate amount of research.