Stop overpaying for power
Monthly bills can be a total bummer, and one of the most dreaded is the electric bill. Energy costs keep going up, and it seems like no matter what you do, you just can’t keep that little monster down for the long haul.
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
- You sweat all summer-long inside your home.
- During the wintertime, you tend to freeze to death on your way to the kitchen.
- Your family has started calling you “the light police” since your energy reduction crusade.
Then you’re a prime candidate for alternative energy sources. You should be comfortable in your own home without fretting over the stupid electric bill every month. Solar panels can help you stay cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and reduce your energy bills and the number of fights everyone has over the thermostat.
Solar energy is one of the most talked about and popular alternative energy sources on the market today. If you don’t think you live in a sunny enough place for solar, you’re mistaken. Even cloudy towns like Pittsburgh are good places to invest in solar panels. We’ll explore why you should invest in solar energy and how much solar energy costs below.
What are the primary benefits of solar energy?
You’ll sleep better at night.
No longer will you worry about the monthly electric bill interrupt your precious shuteye. In fact, your solar panels might even compel the electric company to start paying you for a change. How’s that for a therapeutic turn of events?
If you live in a state with deregulated energy providers, then you know how stressful it can be to negotiate with these people. Install solar panels, and you won’t have to worry about that type of financial stress again.
Shrink your carbon footprint.
You hear that? That’s the earth straining under the weight of increased energy demand. Don’t add to mother nature’s woes with your own.
Unfortunately, nonrenewable energy sources emit harmful toxins and greenhouse gases into the environment. But solar energy doesn’t release any greenhouse gases. Solar energy is an excellent way to live an environmentally-friendly lifestyle and leave a cleaner earth behind for posterity.
Add value to your home.
Solar panels increase the resale value of a home by an average of 29,000 dollars for a medium-sized abode. More and more homeowners are seeing the value of solar energy, and want to reduce their dependence on nonrenewable energy sources.
The biggest issue most homeowners face when it comes to traditional energy sources is that those sources fluctuate wildly with the market. These inherent fluctuations affect monthly energy prices. And of course, those fluctuations tend always to increase the price, never decrease it. On average, homeowners will continue to see a 5% increases to their yearly energy bills. But to prospective buyers, a home with already installed solar panels can be a significant incentive for them to place a bid on your property when you go to sell it.
Solar panels last a long time.
Even though installing solar panels onto residential properties is a relatively new practice, technology obsolescence is a minimal factor. Your solar panels are guaranteed to last at least 20 years with appropriate maintenance and care.
There are tax incentives and other rebates you can take advantage of.
Local, state, and federal governments want to encourage people to explore alternative energy sources. Even though initial upfront solar energy installation costs can seem pretty hefty, there are numerous programs you can use to lower the initial cost by up to 30%, and sometimes more.
Who is a prime candidate for solar energy?
Solar panels are a great investment if you fit into the following categories:
You plan on staying in your home for a few years.
You’ll get the best ROI for your installation system if you plan to stay in the home for at least five years, depending on the size of the system you’ve installed. It takes a few years before you’ll have recovered the cost of installing your system in increased energy savings. This is referred to as the ‘payback’ period. The average homeowner will see a payback period of between 5 and eight years after they install the solar panels.
But of course, your system will start producing energy as soon as it’s installed. The average solar energy system will generate 35,000 dollars in energy savings over a 25 year period.
Your roof isn’t shaded.
It’s true that solar panels can still generate electricity on cloudy days. But, if your roof is shaded, that can significantly reduce the ability of your panels to produce energy. If you don’t have any trees or other buildings blocking your roof, you’re good to go.
Your roof is relatively new.
If you don’t plan on replacing your roof anytime soon, then it’s a good time to put some solar panels on it and reduce your energy costs!
Your roof is made of a durable material.
Roofs made of asphalt shingle, concrete, tile, or metal do well with solar panels. But cedar shake, cedar shingle, and slate shingle roofs aren’t durable enough to handle a solar energy system. If you’ve got an old roof or a roof made of more delicate materials, you’ll want to replace the roof before putting solar panels on it.
You’re environmentally-conscious and sick to death of paying variable, high energy costs.
No one enjoys paying the electric bill. But if you use enough energy during the day that your bills exceed 75 dollars per month, then you can significantly reduce your energy costs with solar panels. If you get a bill for at least that amount, you could see that bill reduced to zero once you install solar panels. The fewer nonrenewable energy sources you consume, the better for the environment, too.
Are you ready to reduce your monthly bills and generate significant savings to your personal bottom line? Contact Encōr Solar today. We’ll help you explore your rebate options and get you an affordable, top-of-the-line solar energy system for your home.