By Scott Laskey
Over the last several years, the U.S. solar industry has grown drastically.
And this makes sense: more and more homeowners are discovering the benefits of solar panels in homes: not only do they help you save money on monthly energy bills, but they can increase the value of your property, earn you a healthy tax credit, and decrease your carbon footprint.
What’s not to love?
If you’ve ever wondered about the perks of installing a solar panel system for your home, we’re here to help you get the information you need.
Let’s dive in.
Whether you’re moving to or building a new home, or just looking to make your current home more environmentally-friendly, here are five huge benefits of adding a residential solar power system:
How much do you pay for energy every month? If you’re like most Californians, it’s probably somewhere around 90 dollars – which adds up to more than $1,000 annually! If you’re sick of paying high energy bills, installing a residential solar power system can help.
In places like California, where sunny days are common, residential solar systems often produce more energy than the household requires. This allows you to trade the excess power with the utility, earning a credit on your energy bills.
On cloudy or low-output days, your solar panels can draw energy from the grid or from your battery storage system, if you have one.
There are dozens of rebate, finance, and tax credit options available for solar panel owners. Designed to offset upfront costs and make solar panels more affordable for homeowners, these programs make it easier than ever before to install the solar system you want.
Look into options like PACE Financing (which covers 100% of the upfront costs of your solar project) and the federal tax credit for residential solar systems, which offers a 30% credit for the cost of your residential solar panels.
If you’ve got additional questions about solar panel financing and rebates, contact your local solar installer for more information.
With some investments, you have to wait weeks or even months to see a return. With solar panels, though, you start reducing your energy costs from day one.
In addition to the fact that adding solar panels to your house increases its resale value, solar panels go to work immediately, meaning your energy bills will start to decrease as soon as they go live.
Solar panels provide many unique benefits to the environment. Although solar energy is free and abundant, it’s also one of the cleanest sources of energy in the world. Here are a few of solar’s “greatest hits” where the environment is concerned:
While most people who install solar panels aren’t trying to go “off the grid” entirely, a residential system does promote energy independence, both on the micro- and macro levels.
Back in 2012, the U.S. imported around 40% of the petroleum the country consumed. This dependence on foreign energy has high costs and contributes to the declining supplies of fossil fuels.
Luckily, solar energy is a smart solution. By installing residential solar panels on your home, you can do your part to reduce dependence on foreign energy, and create a secure source of green energy for you and your family.
There are dozens of outstanding benefits of solar panels. In addition to increasing the value of your property and decreasing your carbon footprint, solar panels can create a level of energy independence for you and your family, and secure a sustainable source of power for years to come.
If you have any questions about installing solar panels on your home or are ready to get a quote for your solar project, contact us today. We’ve installed hundreds of solar arrays throughout the Central Coast area, and we want to help you!
Scott is the founder of Sandbar Solar. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from UC San Diego, Scott has an NABCEP certification, and has lectured on and taught many high-tech construction practices and solar PV technical concepts to education institutions, including Stanford University and state-recognized electrician apprenticeship programs. Scott enjoys sharing his knowledge of the evolving renewable energy space and making a difference in his community.
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