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Preparing Your Home for Solar Power

Planning Your Lot & Home, Living In Your Home


Investing in solar power is a huge decision. Since mainstream solar power is relatively new, it is necessary to conduct proper research and inspection first. While the most expensive aspect of solar energy is the equipment, prices vary significantly based on the installer. However, rest assured that solar energy will guarantee savings on your energy bills and reduce your impact on the environment.

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Review Your Options

Before considering solar power, you must confirm that your property is suitable for installation.

First, contact a qualified solar assessor to complete a complimentary solar audit of your home. You should also request a cost/benefit survey. Solar assessors will be able to carefully review your energy bills and provide you with an estimate of your potential savings.

They can also make sure your home will get enough sunlight to produce power. Solar systems need full sun to function properly.

Since you’ll need help from building inspectors and power companies, be sure to consult with region-specific resources to find an installer with experience in permitting and installation.

Consider Your Future Needs

If your primary goal is saving money, your solar assessor may suggest a different design than if you are looking to minimize your overall carbon footprint. Your lifestyle is a big influence on your decision.

Your system will be with you for a long time. Most solar panels are expected to last for 20-25 years, although they often last longer. Be sure to size your system for your house but keep any potential changes in energy needs in mind. For example, perhaps you plan on starting a family which could result in your energy needs doubling in the near future.

Prepare Your Home

It’s important to ensure that your solar panels will power an efficient house, rather than one that wastes power. Ensure that your roof is in good shape so that it can support your solar panels. If your roof requires repairs, these should be done before installing solar panels, as it’s much more difficult to repair afterwards.

Trees should also be tended to so that they do not prohibit sun from reaching your solar panels.

You should also be sure that your home is properly insulated, and any air leaks around windows and doors are properly sealed off. This will help to optimize energy performance and guarantee the warmth and comfort of your home.

Often, older, inefficient appliances can contribute to energy waste. Before retrofitting solar power, it’s a good idea to replace any outdated daily-use appliances with energy efficient appliances, such as those that are ENERGY STAR® certified.

Secure Rebates and Approval

Depending on where you’re located, your local public works department may offer impressive rebates on the cost or installation of solar panels.

There is a lot of paperwork that goes with solar panel installation. Experienced installers can help you find available grants, loans and tax rebates.

You’ll also want to ensure you have proper approval for your project. This process will vary depending on where you live. However, if you plan on installing solar power in Ontario, a Renewable Energy Approval (REA) will likely be required.

Looking to reduce your carbon footprint further? Learn more about some of the many environmentally friendly aspects of a pre-fab home.

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  • FAQ

    Where can I get a price list or How come your website doesn’t show pricing?

    Prices vary geographically, depending on where you are building. With the amount of options available, price lists run into thousands of options. Prices change with the options you choose. The best way to get an idea on pricing would be to contact our Design Centre nearest to where you are building.

    What is your average square foot selling price?

    Prices for a complete home, including foundation vary from $200 sq-ft to over $300 because our homes are all custom built, we can design a home to fit your budget.

    Why should I buy from you over a conventional or "Stick-Builder"?

    The advantages of prefab include building in a climate controlled environment, using environmentally friendly products which reduces waste and a CSA monitored quality controlled program. There is less time start to finish, with less disruption to neighborhood. We also sell at a firm price.

    Do your homes include a foundation?

    Yes our homes include full foundation and basement.

    How long does it take to build a Royal Home?

    It takes less than two weeks to build a home in our factory, but the process from start to finish is very dependent on the timing of obtaining a building permit. For most of our clients the process from start to delivery is twelve to sixteen weeks with move in eight to twelve weeks thereafter.

    What size homes do you build?

    As a custom builder we can build any size home but generally the average size range is between 1300 and 3500 sq feet.

    Do you build garages?

    Yes. Garages are built on site after the home is delivered.

    Are the homes energy efficient?

    Building a prefab home in a factory assures the highest attention to sealing the building envelope and ensures that the cold stays out.

    Since your homes are so energy efficient and air tight, how do you get fresh air?

    All our homes have HRV heat recovery ventilator air exchanger to remove stale air, and introduce fresh air.

    Where can I put a prefab home?

    Anywhere in Ontario you like.

    Can I really customize my prefab home?

    Yes, we use state of the art custom design software, today no two homes are built alike.

    Do you finish the basement?

    Yes. We can customize your basement to the finishes you desire.

    Are Royal Homes built to code?

    All Royal Homes are individually designed to meet all provincial and municipal building codes for your specific lot location.

    Do you build stick-built or conventional homes as well?

    We are a custom home builder first and use prefabricated components wherever we can, because it is a better way to build. If you have a remote site or custom home design with large open spaces we would look at what makes most sense for that design and location. This could include prebuilt panels or partially site built specific rooms.

    What makes the building process environmentally friendly?

    Waste in the factory is separated and recycled, reducing the impact on landfills. This has less disruption in terms of noise and time at job site. Building prefab allows for higher energy efficient homes and reduced heating costs.

    How is your home delivered?

    Our home is delivered by way of custom designed hydraulic flatbed trailers and precisely craned onto the foundation.

    Can you make changes or custom design?

    Yes, clients are given preliminary plans to review and changes are welcome and easily accommodated.