Going with a solar panel system does not mean that you will be ripping off your roof. You can always start small by purchasing outdoor lighting that is run off of solar energy. They'll charge up during the day to light all night, with exception of pre-dawn hours during long winter nights.
The covers on my solar water heater units became brittle and came apart in the wind. I found out to replace them would cost $365.00 each just for the covers.
Think about converting your water heater to solar energy. A water heater can represent upwards of thirty-five percent of a single home's energy use. While these costs may be lower upfront than the full power ones, solar water heaters can save you money sooner.
When purchasing a solar energy system, make sure that you read the manufacturer's warranty carefully. This is a very expensive item, and you want to know that you will be able to get a replacement in the event something happens to it. You should purchase an extended warranty if the one that is offered is very limited.