Solar panels are easily one of the best ways to make your home more eco-friendly and save you money at the same time. And with the average electric bill running at more than $104, the more money you can save, the better. Before you can install solar panels on your property, there are a few things your local Denver tree service
wants you to do around your home. Here’s what you need to know.
Schedule an Inspection
Before you schedule the installation of your new solar panels, you’ll want to schedule an inspection with your tree care expert. During this inspection, they’ll take a look at the trees on your property and can make sure everything is in good and healthy condition. If they see a tree that could pose a problem either for the installation process or the panels themselves, they’ll be able to help you find a solution.
Installing the panels without first paying attention to your trees could end up doing more harm than good. Solar panels may be durable, but falling limbs can still damage them. And once they’re damaged, you’ll have to pay hundreds to replace those damaged components before you can start relying on your panels.
Keep in mind that you may need to postpone the solar panel installation to deal with those tree issues. This may seem inconvenient, but taking care of your trees ahead of time will set you up for a successful solar install and can reduce the amount of maintenance you’ll need to take care of in the future.
Get Low-Hanging Limbs Cleared
Low-hanging limbs are both a hazard to your roof and your solar panels, no matter where you install them. If they fall, they can damage the structure of your roof, increasing your risk of leaks and water damage while also scratching the surface of your solar panels.
But that’s not the only problem they pose. They can also send leaves and debris right onto the surface of the panels. As the leaves build up, those panels will be able to pull in fewer watts throughout the day. When this happens, your home will have to rely on traditional grid electricity to run your appliances, hurting your money-saving efforts and increasing your carbon footprint.
Worse, you’ll have to spend time cleaning off the debris which can eat into your personal time away from work. Otherwise, your panels won’t be able to create much energy or power your home properly. Getting those low-hanging limbs trimmed or removed will help spare you those frustrations.
Pay Attention to the Locations
Think about where you’re planning on installing those solar panels. In most cases, you’ll want to install them on the roof of your home. But if your house is in the shade a lot of the time, you won’t get the most out of your solar panels without removing those trees creating the shade.
If you’re worried about the impact your panels will have, you can always install them off the roof. Solar walls and arrangements set off to the side at near-ground-level work just as well, if not better, for some homes. Even better, your tree service can help you find spots that will work for your trees so you can touch base with your solar installation team to find the lowest impact location for the install.
Think Long and Hard Before You Remove a Tree
Solar installation experts have one priority: finding the best place for your solar panels. This means they’re more concerned about the amount of sun you can get in your yard, where the panels will be safest, and the total amount of space you’ll want to have around those panels.
This also means they’re more likely to recommend tree removal prior to the installation.
Before you agree to it, think about how removing those trees will impact your property. Remember, trees add value to your home and can make it more energy efficient throughout the year. The more shade your home gets, the less your air conditioner has to run. And the less your air conditioner runs, the less energy you use in the first place.
If your installation team suggests that you remove a tree or two for the installation, get a second opinion. Contact your tree company and schedule an inspection. They may be able to trim the branches to create more open space or, if the tree is small enough, relocate it elsewhere on your property. It’s always best to keep your trees intact whenever possible. Otherwise, you risk hurting your home’s drive-up appeal and could end up damaging the rest of your landscaping.
Get Your Yard Ready for the Installation Ahead of Time
The installation itself will involve moving heavy equipment across your yard. This can take a toll on your home’s landscaping, grass, and even your trees. The best thing you can do is get your yard ready for the project ahead of time.
Cover the bushes around your house with lightweight tarps to protect them from falling debris. Get your trees trimmed before the big day to reduce the risk of falling limbs and to protect them from any damage done during the installation.
If possible, park your car in your garage or on the street to give the installation team better access to your yard. The closer they can get to the installation site, the less of an impact they’ll have on your yard. Once they’re done, you’ll be able to uncover your landscaping and move your car back to where you normally park.
Book an Inspection Now
Installing solar panels is a wonderful way to make your home more energy efficient and can boost its value. But you’ll still need to make sure your trees are ready for the project. If you’re looking to schedule an installation appointment with your solar provider, contact us first. We’ll inspect your trees for any hazards and can quickly trim away low-hanging growth so you can get your new panels installed without issue.