Going solar? Investigate your home’s energy efficiency first

Congratulations on making the decision to go solar! Home solar systems allow you to reduce your energy consumption, harness the power of the sun for completely free and renewable energy, move away from your city’s power grid, and make a positive impact on the environment. But before you get started installing solar panels, we recommend you investigate and improve your home’s energy efficiency first. Here’s how to do it.

Schedule a home energy audit

No two homes are the same when it comes to energy usage. How much energy you use on average depends on the climate you live in, how large your home is, and how many people live there. A home energy audit will highlight where you’re using the most energy, as well as steps you can take to reduce the energy currently being used in your home.

Invest in energy-efficient electronics and appliances

Washing machines, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, ovens, and other appliances you use often can result in big energy bills every month. Many advances have been made in this space, and energy-efficient appliances are now the norm for many homes across the country. 

Make the switch to LED light bulbs

Most of us have at least one or two lights on in our homes at all times. This can be an issue if your light bulbs aren’t energy-efficient, as it can add up to significant energy usage and reflect in your electric bills. 

Understand how your heating and cooling systems will affect your solar needs

Those of us in New Jersey need a reliable heating system in the winter, as well as a reliable cooling system in the summer. If your HVAC system is electric, that means you’ll need significantly more solar energy to power your home, something you can discuss during your home energy audit. 

Homeowners across New Jersey are discovering the many benefits of home solar systems, and while there is no one-size-fits-all residential solar solution, our team of specialists will inspect your home and make customized recommendations for you. Despite what you might have heard, solar panels are not only for people who live in climates where it’s hot and sunny year round. 

If you’d like more information about your home solar options in NJ, or if you have any questions, please contact our team at Green House Solar today. We’ve been helping people in Morris County NJ with residential solar solutions for years and we look forward to hearing from you.