A trend in home ownership is the attempt to get your home to work for you. Similar to the idea of cord-cutting to sever your relationship with cable companies, many individuals are seeking the addition of solar panels to their home’s roofing infrastructure to reduce reliance on energy companies. Energy efficient windows, toilets, panels on roofs, etc. are all great starts to seeing your monthly bills dwindle. While the initial costs might be relatively high, you can easily see that money returned to you in lower monthly payments. Additionally, these are incredibly future-proof maneuvers that will increase the value of your home should you choose to sell/rent at some point in the future.
To add some weight to this growing trend, Google has even rolled out a new venture called Project Sunroof to use its Maps data and extensive computational processes to determine whether solar panels would be beneficial and where on your roof/home they would draw the most solar energy throughout the year. It is truly an impressive project coming from Google’s experimental divisions — the same ones that devised Project Loon, Project Wing, and Project Fi.
However, the area wherein Google’s Project Sunroof operates is extremely minimal at the current moment. Hopefully, we see Google Green and other companies start using logistics data to inform green initiatives and renewable energies, but for now we have to take the individual initiative to seek out roofing contractors inspect and appraise whether or not your roof is capable of handling solar panels. If there are any structural issues with your roof, these professionals will be able to provide a quote for the repairs or necessary improvements to handle the panels.
Once necessary improvements have been done to your roof, the installation of solar panels can be a fairly simple process that you can do yourself. Some manufacturers suggest that you have it professionally done, and if you choose to do it yourself, you may void their warranty. It’s a good idea to discuss this with the solar panel company ahead of time because although you may be saving yourself money upfront, a significant investment like this should have the long-term effects in mind.