Installing solar panels on your home is gaining in popularity as more and more homeowners realize the benefits. Not only will you have the satisfaction that comes with going green, but you can also save some green. Let’s take a closer look at the reasons why you should take the time to install solar panels in 2015.
- Save Money
While the installation of solar panels requires a sizable initial investment, they also pay for themselves over the course of time. By realizing an immediate savings of at least $100 per month on your utility bills, you can put your extra cash toward more important household issues. Having some additional money to spend for other household improvements is certainly a win/win, even for the most skeptical solar panel consumer.
- Providing Additional Value To Your Home
You may have been aware of the environmental or financial effects of installing solar panels. But did you know that they can actually increase the overall value of your home? The real estate market is a notoriously fickle beast, so any alterations that you can make to your home that will allow you to raise the asking price when it is time to resell should absolutely be considered.
- Keep Energy Costs Locked In
One of the most irritating aspects of paying that monthly utility bill is never knowing exactly what you are in for. You may end up with a bill that is much lower than you expected or you could be stuck with a bill that is far higher than you intended. By installing solar panels on your home, you can lock in your energy costs and ensure the same payment each month. Solar panels take all of the guesswork out of your utility bill.
- Environmentally Friendly
Decreasing your overall carbon footprint is another great reason to have solar panels installed on your home in 2015. The average household in America produces a whopping 7 tons of carbon dioxide each year when they use conventional methods for heating and cooling their home. Not only does solar energy decrease this number, it also reduces the amount of damage caused by global warming.
- No Longer Connected To The Grid
When you rely on fossil fuels, you are ensuring a continuous connection to the state’s electrical power grid. With solar energy panels, you are able to produce abundant amounts of free energy while not being connected to the grid at all. For those who reside in rural areas, this is a major reason to install solar panels. Power prices are typically higher in rural places and residents experience frequent losses of power. Solar panels give you the ability to enjoy a much more self-reliant way of life.
There exists a handful of factors that drive the price of a home up and down. The price swing is based on the influential role each factor plays. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory conducted a study based on the effects of photovoltaic (PV) energy systems on home sales prices in California. Their research brought to their attention that there exists a mutual understanding between buyers and sellers on the real estate market over the value of each factor and how it affects the home sales price. Continue reading
The golden state of California ranked first in solar energy output in the United States in 2013, producing 2745.8 MW. It has never been a secret that Californian’s love soaking up the sun. Recently, however, they have been doing so from within the comfort of their own homes. Continue reading
California Solar Power Changes
A complex and controversial bill, AB 327, recently passed the California State senate.
The implications of this law — both for professional solar providers and for consumers who want solar power for the home — could be profound. On September 9, the Senate voted 33-5 to approve the measure, which addresses electricity rate reform and solar net metering. Continue reading
Whether you’re just beginning your foray into residential solar power research, or you’re on the verge of purchasing a solution (and finally getting that solar energy rebate!), you’re probably confused about how photovoltaic solar panel systems operate and what they can do for your home and energy bill. Continue reading
Is A Bay Area Home Solar Installation Right For You?
You’re toying with the idea of installing solar panels on your roof to finally “bite the bullet” and get off the grid.
You love the idea of protecting the environment, lowering your energy bill, improving the resale value of your home, and potentially qualifying for rebates from the government for going solar. On the other hand, you want to ensure that your investment lasts. Continue reading
Whether you’re pricing out San Jose home solar installation or just exploring how to get your energy bill down, your ability to make smart decisions depends, at least in part, on how well you understand your options. To that end, let’s clearly define 10 very important solar power terms. Continue reading
Equipment for Oakland Solar
Our San Jose home solar team prepared the following quick primer on exciting new solar equipment technology. Continue reading
Residential Solar Expanding in California
Our Livermore solar installation team was excited to learn that two California municipalities now mandate the use of solar energy.
The cities of Lancaster and Sebastopol now both have laws on the books that require homes to be solar photovoltaic ready. The laws apply not just residential homes, but also to additions and remodels as well as to commercial buildings. Continue reading
As San Jose and Livermore home solar installation professionals, we at Save a Lot Solar often spend a lot of time busting annoying myths about solar power. In this post, we have distilled 4 particularly prevalent myths, so that you can make a more informed, objective decision about your home solar energy needs: Continue reading