Don’t Go Solar…without reading this…
- “Solar isn’t efficient enough, I should wait.”
It’s true that solar becomes more efficient as new technologies are introduced, however, the gains are only moderate. It simply makes sense to move to a cheaper, cleaner, energy source like solar, especially as the price of dirty power continues to rise. Current incentives to go solar won’t be around forever. The longer you wait, the more panels will likely cost in the long run.
- “Solar panels are ugly.”
Environmental awareness and clean technologies are becoming cooler than ever. Solar panel styles are becoming more low profile and less noticeable than the view you may have in your head of the huge ugly panels from the 60’s. Solar panels in fact now are made in a variety of colors and some even look like shingles. Solar panels for your home are good looking not only in appearance but what they are doing to reduce home-owners power bills.
- “Solar is too expensive and won’t pay for itself.”
Solar panels are not just for the super affluent or environmental nuts. Solar panels are increasingly benefitting all homeowners. The simple fact is that they save you money every month by producing power from one of the ultimate free resources…the sun.
Solar panel in fact return up to four times their cost in money saved on electric bills.
With current incentives, solar panels could pay for themselves in under 4 years. Even with no incentives, solar panels averagely pay for themselves in 7 to 15 years. Once panels are paid off, they essentially produce Free electricity!
- “Solar panels will increase your property tax.”
In most states solar panels are exempt from property taxes. This means that the resale value of your home will go up without you having to pay taxes on the extra value. If you invest in a new deck, you would have to pay for not only the cost of the deck, you would also have to pay taxes each year on the amount it increased the value of your home.
- “Solar panels require a lot of maintenance.”
You will want to wash your solar panels once a year or so by squirting them with a hose. In most instances the rain cleans your panels sufficiently. Solar panel systems are pretty stable and monitored to alert you about any issues. If you lease a system, the company you lease it from will service it if you experience any problems.
- “Electric companies don’t like solar.”
On the contrary, your electric company may need you more than they think.
Most solar systems are tied to the grid, meaning that when you produce more power than you are using, while your away from home at work for example, your power meter runs backward meaning the utility company is paying you!!
- “Solar doesn’t work in cloudy or rainy climates.”
Solar panels do not need full sun to operate. Solar panels can produce huge amounts of energy on overcast or rainy days. Solar panels work great in cooler climates, as long as there is light outside solar panels are generating energy.
- “Solar panels don’t have a long life span.”
The technology is much the same today as is was in the 60’s. The biggest difference even more so than efficiency is the simple cost energy. When you consider we burn coal in many places to boil water to drive a stream engine to produce energy, solar panels is a no brainer. Even after 25 years the average panel operates at 87.5% of the original power output.
9. “The U.S. has plenty of resources at a great rate.”
While its true the US has tons and tons of coal and natural gas that can be used for energy production, it is dirty and volatile. The oil and gas industry is volatile in nature and leaves us vulnerable as a nation. Solar panels are clean and have a long life span. Panels continue to generate energy all year round without you having to do anything.
Don’t go solar if you support damaging the environment.
Don’t go solar if you don’t like saving money!
If, however, you like the environment and like saving money then click here to at least get a free quote!