Arizona winters are a point of pride among locals. While almost everywhere else in the country is frozen over with no signs of thawing, we’re kicking back in beautiful 70-degree weather. Our mild winters definitely offer a relief from our high summer electricity bills, making it easy to pay little mind about solar and the financial benefits it offers. What most people don’t realize, however, is that winter is actually the best time to go solar if you’re looking for maximum savings in your first year of ownership.
So, with the hot summer and painful electric bills right around the corner, we’d like to take a moment to remind you to get started now if you hope to avoid those rising utility costs. To help, we’ve put together these four reasons why winter is the best time to make the switch to solar:
1. Maximize and bank your excess energy: If your utility district supports net-metering or similar energy buyback programs, you’ll receive a significantly faster financial return by installing solar during the cooler months when you are more likely to produce more energy than you use. Selling that excess energy back to the utility now ensures that you’ll have credits available to help offset your highest bills during the summer.
2. Solar installation timelines: The process of designing and installing a solar energy system can take quite a while. Once you decide to go solar, it can take weeks to design an optimized system for your home, secure financing, acquire permits, and complete the installation and activation with your local utility. Even if you start this process in late spring or early summer, the process might not be finished until much of the summer has already passed. Getting it done now ensures that you’re up and running when the temperature starts to rise.
3. Flexible schedules: Solar installers usually see a dip in business as temperatures drop. This helps open up the installer’s schedule so you can pick and choose what works best with your schedule. In the summer, more business means it’s harder to find the right time in a packed installation calendar when you’re trying to reduce current electric bills or work around summer travel plans.
4. More time to evaluate options: Going solar in winter takes the pressure off having to make a quick decision while you’re trying to reduce your electric bills. Since going solar begins a relationship that can last for decades, giving yourself plenty of time to make the best choice is imperative. Look at all of your options and quotes, and make a confident decision on which company will help you best achieve your energy goals.
We invite you to learn more about the Sun Valley Solar difference. Download our free solar whitepaper, which helps you understand some of the most important considerations when making the switch to solar. You can also contact one of our solar experts for a custom solar quote.