Want to know the best thing that you can do to go green? The answer is, investing in solar energy for your home.
Yes, we know that the idea of solar energy has been promoted so much that it now seems like a tired cliche. But there’s a good reason why people are so adamant about it—several reasons, actually.
There are so many benefits of using renewable energy, both for you and for your community. And all of these benefits still apply today. Plus, if you don’t hurry and get your solar panels soon, you might miss your opportunity to receive the solar energy tax credit.
We want to make sure that you don’t miss out on these rewards. So, we’ve made you a list of compelling reasons to go green and switch to solar energy right away. Read all about these reasons below.
1. Lower Your Monthly Energy Bill
One of the most talked-about benefits of switching to solar energy is that it reduces your monthly energy bill. However, there’s still some misconception about how this works.
As you know, installing solar panels will produce some amount of energy you can use in your home. But it won’t likely produce enough energy to completely power your house. You’ll still have to rely largely on energy from your power company.
Still, your monthly energy bill will decrease nonetheless. The amount by which it decreases depends on how efficiently your solar energy system works.
Factors that affect solar energy production include:
- The type/quality/placement/square footage of the panels
- The weather in your area (clouds might block out the sun)
- Obstructions on your property that block out the sun
In any case, rest assured that solar panel installation will save you money each and every month on your power bill. Most likely, you’ll save hundreds of dollars per year this way.
2. Get the Tax Rebate (Before It Expires)
You can still qualify for a solar energy tax rebate when you install solar panels. But don’t wait too long because the program expires in 2024.
Originally, it was already set to expire years earlier than this but congress extended it. Regardless, it’s better to get your panels installed sooner rather than later so you don’t risk missing out.
Furthermore, that example is only the federal incentive program. There are many other state and local incentive programs that you might benefit from as well. Before you install, it’s a good idea to research any rebate programs that are available in your area.
3. Protect Your Community Against Power Outages
Everyone in your county draws power from the same electrical grid. This grid was actually designed about 100 years ago and was not meant to accommodate our modern power needs.
Plus, new homes are built every day, which raises the demand for energy even more. As a result, many locations experience brownouts and blackouts because there’s not enough energy to go around.
Fortunately, many homeowners are doing their part to help by switching to solar energy. As more homeowners use renewable energy, grid energy usage decreases. This effectively reduces the occurrence of blackouts.
4. Safeguard Against Home Power Outages
Besides reducing blackouts in general, some solar energy systems can store energy like batteries. Then, they can be used as a generator when you have a power outage. That way, you’re never completely without energy.
Even without this feature, you may be able to use limited energy as it’s generated by your solar panels during a blackout. Again, though, this depends on the particular system you have installed.
5. Help the Environment
Renewable energy is good for the environment for the same reason it’s good for your community. That is, it reduces the demand for grid energy.
You see, not all power plants harvest energy sustainably. Thus, the energy you get from your power company could be contributing to:
- Global warming
- Consumption of limited resources
- Other environmental issues
By investing in renewable energy, you’re doing your part to reduce these issues.
6. The Panels Are Covered by a 25-Year Warranty
One common objection to going solar is the expensive upfront cost. Obviously, the energy savings help to make up for this.
But what if something damages the panels? What if they simply stop working?
If that happens, they won’t save you any money at all. In fact, the installation price would then be a waste of money.
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about this. Most solar installers like ETD Solar Services offer a very substantial warranty on the panels. Specifically, they will be covered against the problems described above for no less than 25 years.
7. Increase Your Property Value
So, what happens when all the benefits on this list are added to your property? Your property value goes up, that’s what.
For one thing, it adds to your home the dollar value it costs to install the system. Plus, you can tell interested buyers that they will save on their energy bill compared to homes without solar panels. Lastly, the eco-friendliness of the solar panels should increase your home’s price, too.
Go Green With Home Solar Panels Now
With all these awesome benefits to gain, why wouldn’t you want solar panels installed on your home right away? Don’t miss out any longer. Contact a solar energy company immediately to save energy, save money, and go green.
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