Have you ever wished that you could stop those monthly high-energy bills?  Solar energy in your home could be the answer. Solar energy is capable of cutting your energy bills and possibly totally eradicating them.  If you are producing more than you can use, it is even possible to sell excess energy to the grid.

As with any project, you need a plan of attack to organize the process and make it relatively painless.  There are five basic steps you need to keep in mind for any project: Consult, Finance, Buy, Build and Enjoy.

That sounds simple enough.  However, I will spell out the steps just to clarify and lay to rest any questions or concerns you might have.

Consult, basically means to talk to the experts.  Discuss the idea of solar energy in your home with your local power company.  Some power companies offer incentives to homeowners willing to try alternative power sources. They will have a list of local trusted contractors who are knowledgeable about solar energy. Ask them about the grid buying any excess power you produce.  Next, you should talk to contractors suggested by the power company, found through other recommendations or through the yellow pages and online searches.  They will be able to start giving you an idea of the size and cost of the job.

Once you have a contractor in mind, a quote on the costs and a reasonable idea on how much you will be saving monthly, you will be set to look into financing.  At this stage you should put together a basic packet to take to the bank.  A home improvement mortgage loan should be easy enough to get for this type of project as it will add value to your home, save money on the monthly electric bill and possibly generate revenue through excess energy being sold back to the grid.

Now with your contractor selected and the money from your home improvement mortgage you are ready to start buying the equipment.  Your contractor will take care of this for you.  Make sure you have some input, but for the most part they are the professional and this is why you hired them.

When the ordered equipment has arrived, the actual build will be ready to begin.  Once again the contractor will be doing the work but you should try to keep an eye on things.  Of course, do not micromanage your contractor; just make sure they are sticking with the original plans.

The final phase is to enjoy it.  You now have solar energy in your home, no more monthly electric bills and a chance to earn money from the “grid” instead. Yay!