As a local Long Island solar energy company in business for 10 years, we’ve spoken to residents wanting to know more about solar energy for their homes. There are quite a few misconceptions floating around out there and we try our best to set the record straight. One of our most important jobs, quite honestly, is answering your questions and making sure Energy By Choice customers know exactly what is entailed when deciding to go solar.
Homeowners speak about “solar” in a generic manner not seen since the advent of cellular phones and the refinancing boom. It ccan’t be helped. Although solar technology has been around for decades a number of larger, national solar companies have moved in and opened satellite offices on Long Island recently that advertise heavily on TV, radio and may have knocked on your door during dinner. The pitch of “free solar” and “zero out of pocket” are attractive, but their cookie cutter approach to solar has left many homeowners disenchanted as they were not offered choices of design and financing on their solar project. Many homeowners never stopped to think, ‘what do they really want to get out of going solar anyway?’
We’re here to tell you that solar is not just solar. When solar energy is used optimally, it is a marriage of the right technology and financing, installed by an experienced contractor you trust. Below, we’ll explain your options when it comes to solar systems on Long Island, and answer our customers’ frequently asked questions.
An ideal solar electric system is one that covers 100% of your electric usage. It maximizes roof space and panel production to achieve that goal. Multiple variables should be considered when determining what kind of system is right for you. Make sure you are working with an installer who can guide you through these factors when you are thinking about your solar project.
Solar is the only home improvement that increases the value of a home by repurposing a monthly expense—your electric bill—and turning it into an asset at no cost. For the greatest energy independence remember to:
Electricity produced by solar panels—whether financed, leased, or purchased—is cheaper than electricity from your utility. Solar energy cuts your electric cost now and in the future, and protects you from rising energy costs when the local power company increases rates every year. With a variety of financing options and leasing now available to homeowners, the ability to choose solar has become easy and affordable.
Solar electric power is generated from sunlight using Photovoltaic (PV) Panels. PV Panels are typically mounted on roofs, and they convert the sun’s radiant energy into electricity. Through electronic inverters this energy is converted into 120 volts AC. This solar-generated AC power is connected your home’s electricity system, which supplies power to your home or business.
Solar domestic hot water (SDHW) systems collect and store the sun’s radiant energy to produce and store hot water for use in the kitchen, bath, and laundry. SDHW systems on Long Island use roof-mounted flat plate collector panels. Fluid in the collector, which is heated by the sun, is circulated into the house where it transfers its heat into the domestic water in an insulated tank.
A solar pool heater works by pumping filtered water from the pool through solar collector panels near the pool. The pool water is heated in the collector and returned to the pool. A solar pool heater can be the sole source of heat for your pool or used in combination with your existing pool heater to reduce fuel costs.
At Energy By Choice, we are a locally owned business that has been serving Long Island for more than 10 years—we’ve stayed around to take care of our customers while many large corporations have come in, installed units while the market was hot, and then left. We believe in no-pressure sales that revolve around an educational experience. We offer both financing and leasing options. We offer responsive, personal service—we’ll keep in touch often, know you on a first name basis, and you’ll be able to reach our management team as soon as you call in.
Above all, by empowering you with information and options and offering customized solutions, we make everything about going solar your choice. Interested in working with us? Contact us online or call us at 631-757-6984!