Is solar power right for me and my home?
We’ve previously discussed how certain forces could prevent you from going solar at your home. Maybe your homeowners association stands in your way, or maybe you love the shade on your property too much to remove some mature trees.
But let’s say you’ve cleared all those hurdles and still are asking yourself this question: Is solar power right for me?
That seems easy enough to answer, right? A simple yes or no response would do it. However, the next question you want answered is why it might be right for you. And there’s no easy answer for that.
Your justification will come from knowing as much about solar as possible. Do you see all the benefits that we do? Maybe the following list tips the scales into saying “yes.”
1. Solar panels save you money. Think about what you’re paying for electricity now. That cost will only rise over time because of rate increases imposed by power companies. What if you could lock in at least a portion of your power bill by switching to solar and then see that bill go away once your system is paid off? Going solar reduces your dependence on the electric company and allows you to own your power, not just continually rent it. Federal and state tax credits are potentially available to those who qualify, lowering the cost of your system.
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2. You are credited for excess energy production of your solar panels. That process of being credited for your solar system’s excess energy production is called net metering. Whatever your system produces and you don’t use gets rolled back to the power grid for a credit. Excess energy production most likely will come in the summer months, when sunshine is more plentiful and days are longer. In the winter months, when sunshine is less prevalent and days are shorter, you’ll likely use more power that you produce. That’s why the goal of your solar energy system is to offset your energy usage over an entire year, not any given day, week, or month.
3. The environmental impact of going green. It is fun to use the Environmental Protection Agency’s Carbon Footprint Calculator to estimate your household’s carbon footprint. The calculator shows that for every percentage point of solar energy used to power your home, you reduce the estimated pounds of carbon dioxide you produce by that same percentage. So if you have solar energy offsetting 50 percent of your home’s total electricity usage, that means you’re producing half as many pounds of carbon dioxide. Those are real, tangible wins for future generations, especially as solar continues to be adopted at higher rates throughout the world.
With Power Home Solar’s innovative solar program, homeowners can go solar for $0 up-front cost, save money on their electric bills, and generate their own clean energy. The solar panels installed on your home are American made and come with a 25-year warranty, with many panels expected to last well beyond that.
Please feel free to fill out our handy form below or contact Power Home at 800-765-2715, and one of our solar representatives will help you determine whether your home qualifies for this program.