Solar for Residential, Scarborough

As utility prices rise, many homeowners are starting to turn towards renewable energy as a way to reduce their utility costs.
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Solar for Residential, Scarborough

As inflation and the cost of living continues to rise, many homeowners have become accustomed to rising bills and utility costs. Energy costs are one of the most unpredictable costs associated with living, and many Canadians have begun to try and reduce their electrical costs by transitioning their homes to using renewable energy. One of the most efficient and reliable types of renewable energy is solar power. Studies show that solar power is capable of reducing carbon emissions by 5-10 times the amount compared to natural gas, and have an added benefit of reducing/eliminating one’s dependance on the electrical grid.

Depending on weather conditions, many homeowners who have solar panels installed on their house are able to completely replace the amount of electricity used during the day with solar energy, which allows them to cut their utility bills nearly in half. In addition, using a solar coupled home battery allows for energy storage, which means that excess solar power can be used at nighttime as well. Using stored solar power at nighttime maximizes financial savings, since utility providers usually charge more at night for electricity costs. In addition, stored power can be sold back to the grid as an additional source of income.

Many Canadians also notice an increase of up to 4% in their home valuation after installing solar panels. Homeowners can also minimize installation costs by taking advantage of Ontario’s $5,000 rebate for renewable energy infrastructure in your home. The overall installation cost will depend on the size and layout of your home, and the system’s overall capacity in watts. In Ontario, the average cost of installing a solar power system is approximately $2.46 per watt. If you’re thinking about installing solar panels in your home today, don’t hesitate to contact MADE ELECTRIC for more information! Our team operates within Scarborough and the GTA, and we are committed to helping meet all of your needs.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What happens to the excess solar power produced by my panels?

In Ontario, you can work with your local utility provider to either earn a credit on your electric bill, or sell your excess energy back to the grid for profit. Any credits that you receive on your electric bill can be carried forward and saved for up to one year.

Will my solar panels still work when it snows?

Solar panels need direct access to sunlight to work, so if the panels are covered in snow they will not be able to function properly and produce electricity. The snow is not heavy enough to damage your solar panels, however if the snow accumulates it can be cleaned off the panels easily. In addition, most panels are tilted since they are installed on roofs, so snow accumulation is uncommon and the panels will rarely need to be manually cleaned.

What size solar energy system should I get?

The size of your solar power system will depend on many factors, including but not limited to the size of your home, the weather and climate conditions in your city, and the typical electrical usage in the home. A licensed electrical contractor can help you determine what size solar energy system you should get, and help you figure out the best layout to best suit your home’s needs.

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