Should I Get Solar Panels?

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Should I Get Solar Panels?

As you look out at the bright summer day, you might be wondering, “Should I get solar panels?” Many homeowners are looking to solar panels as a way not only to be environmentally friendly but also to save, and possibly make, money. If you are thinking of getting solar panels for your home, consider the pros and cons.

Pros of Home Solar Panels

Renewable Energy

The most critical aspect of investing in solar panels is that you are creating clean and renewable energy. In a world where the environment isn’t always treated well, but you can make a difference. While the initial creation of the panels does generate some emissions (like all products do), once it is made, there are no additional emissions created; thus, allowing you to enjoy a cleaner alternative to standard energy consumption.

Home Value

Many home buyers are highly interested in buying a home with solar panels. Therefore, if you decide to sell your house later on, you will have increased your home’s value by enough to earn back your investment and then some.

Save Money

By using solar power, you may be able to drastically reduce or completely eliminate your electric bill. On top of that, depending on your state, you may be able to use solar renewable energy credits and net metering to earn money!

Cons of Home Solar Panels

Upfront Costs

If you are paying cash upfront for your solar panels, the price tag can be quite intimidating. Luckily, the combination of tax credits, rebates, and financing options can help reduce the costs or make the payment plan manageable. In addition, as technology advances, the price continues to drop. The cost to install solar panels in the 1990s was four times higher than it is today. Many homeowners can balance the solar panel monthly payment plan to be about equal to their energy costs.

Keep in mind that other costs are involved with solar panels, including batteries, cables, and replaceable cells.

Location Dependent

Take a moment to ponder the quantity of available sunshine in rainy Seattle versus sunny Santa Fe. The environment of your home and its corresponding weather plays a significant factor in whether you should invest in solar panels are or not. It is wise to do some research on your home’s weather patterns to see if solar panels are a smart decision.

Roof Space

The type of roof you have also will contribute to your solar panel plan. Some roofs are just not fit to withstand the needs of solar panels. Speaking with the solar panel company or a local roofing specialist can help you determine if you have the right type of roof to invest in solar panels.

Are you undecided on if adding solar panels to your home is the right choice? Give us a call today for an electrical inspection, and we can advise on if this decision will work best for your home.

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