This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PG&E. The opinions and text are all mine. Before you hire a contractor, read this!
If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area or anywhere in California, you are painfully aware of the high cost-of-living. California is an amazing place to live, but most of us make sacrifices in order to be able to afford life here. People carpool, use public transportation, buy hybrid or electric vehicles, and ride bikes to work. Many professionals need roommates, despite earning a good income. We live on a budget because the cost of maintaining our homes, whether we rent or own, is substantial. We are savvy, inspired, and informed people.
Another way we are saving money while taking environmentally positive action is through the use of solar power. I’ve been very interested in solar power since a friend installed private rooftop solar on her home. I wish I would have known more at the time, before she decided to hire a contractor. Eventually, she was very happy with her decision, but the process was a nightmare, and it cost her much more than it should have. One of the contractor’s that quoted the job for her started with a huge proposal. The contractor insisted that everything in the quote was necessary for the job.
When another contractor gave her a quote for 25% less, the first contractor started backtracking. My friend didn’t know who to trust or what to do. My friend went with the higher quote. She learned an expensive lesson and paid more, when she could have increased her energy efficiency before installation.
If you want to take the first step towards understanding your solar savings potential, check out PG&E’s solar calculator!
BEFORE you hire a contractor…
Currently, many contractors are the primary owners of the upfront customer relationship regarding rooftop solar. Objective guidance and services are often hard to find or lacking. They want the job and it’s a topic we aren’t as educated about. We can end up with a limited scope of information and might be acting on something that is not in our best interest. There are many things to consider, such as energy efficient measures, before you hire a contractor for private rooftop solar installation. PG&E has many free resources for customers to use when thinking about going solar.
I love their personalized tips on energy efficiency. I’ve used this in the past and there was a noted difference after implementing some of the suggestions. Try your own free Home Energy Checkup!
PG&E also provides comprehensive information on how to select a contractor. Some things to consider:
- Does the contractor have any Contractors State License Board complaints pending?
- Is the contractor a member of the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA)?
- Does the contractor have reviews on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website?
- Does the contractor have workers’ compensation insurance?
You don’t want to skip over any detail in contractor selection. To see PG&E’s detailed information, complete with relevant links and resources, check it out, HERE!
What energy saving measures have you already taken? Share in the comments!
By: Alicia Gonzalez