AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP)– Energy costs can quickly add up. “When you start running air conditioners during the seasons and then in the winter you have the heaters going and those things start costing money.” Steve Brown, from South Hadley, said. But the energy experts argue solar power can cut back on those costs.
Now, Google’s “Project Sunroof” boasts a new way to see if solar is right you.
Google’s new site shows you how much sun and shade your home or business gets each year. It also takes an average of how much energy is used in your neighborhood, then estimates of how big of a solar installation would be needed to cover that much energy use.
More importantly, the site shows you how much money you could save by using solar power.
Roofing experts, however, urge you to not only use Google’s estimates to decide whether or not you should install solar panels. They say there are several other important factors to consider, like how old your home’s roof is.
“Before getting solar panels you definitely want to make sure your roof is in good shape I recommend an inspection, making sure the roof’s not too old or in need of replacement. It’s something you want to do before the panels go on,” Adam Quenneville, owner of Adam Quenneville Roofing and Siding, told 22News.
Quenneville also said it’s critical that before you move forward in the installation process you are check that you are using a licensed, reputable contractor.
Right now, you can only plug addresses into Google’s Sunroof site if you live in the San Francisco Bay or Greater Boston regions, but executives say they will eventually expand to the service to the rest of the nation.