From “Southern Traditional” to “Modern Farmhouse,” there are unlimited styles to choose from for residential renovation or construction projects. The one design trend topping nearly every homeowner’s wish list is energy-efficient features. But is it possible to achieve that highly-sought-after, Houzz-inspired look with panels on our roofs?
Cody Wilson, vice president of design and engineering at Seal Solar, explains how to obtain the pocketbook upsides of solar power without sacrificing overall aesthetic goals:
- Start with the design: For far too long, solar was seen as an after-thought of the construction process. To create a seamless, understated array, work with your architect, contractor or solar firm to integrate the panels into the initial home design.
- Think beyond the roof: Ideally, panels should face south to maximize sun exposure. While rooftops remain the top choice, as long as there are no shading or obstruction issues, homeowners can consider alternate locations for their arrays—from carports to pergolas to window awnings.
- Consider solar storage: There’s increasing consumer interest in versatile solar storage options like Tesla Powerwalls. And for good reason. These compact, often inconspicuous batteries can be mounted in indoor and outdoor spaces to provide backup power and further reduce reliance on the electricity grid.
- Go green, where able: Why stop with solar panels? Maximize the investment by incorporating stylish, eco-friendly features such as LED lighting or Energy Star appliances throughout.
Renovation and construction projects are expensive. As the bills pile up, it can feel daunting to consider a solar array. But the upfront cost—particularly with today’s readily available financing options—is worth it for the long-term savings and energy independence.