TOP 7 REASONS TO USE SOLAR ENERGY
There are many reasons homeowners choose to go solar but cutting energy costs and improving the environment are two of the most common. People are becoming more aware that solar is an efficient upgrade that improves property value and reduces their carbon footprint.
Here are the top 7 reasons why solar energy is good for your home and growing more popular than ever in the United States:
1. Greatly Reduce Your Electric Bills
Electricity costs make up a large portion of your monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you will generate free power for your system’s entire lifecycle (25+ years!). Even if you don’t produce 100% of the energy you consume, solar will significantly reduce your utility bills and save you a lot of money.
2. Protect the Environment
Going solar is an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint. A standard residential solar panel system will eliminate three to four tons of carbon emissions each year – the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually. That’s a substantial decrease in carbon emissions!
3. Gives You Control and Freedom Over Electricity
The United States has the highest number of power-outage minutes of any developed nation. Over the last 15 years, U.S. households have experienced a steady increase in both frequency and duration of power outages.
With a residential solar system, your home is powered by rooftop solar panels during the day and by energy stored in the battery at night. A solar system allows you to have energy independence and control over your electricity.
4. Increase Your Property Value
Several studies have found that homes with solar energy systems sell more quickly and have higher property values than non-solar homes. As homebuyers become more educated about the benefits of solar, and as appraisers begin to value solar installations as they evaluate homes, demand for properties with solar panel systems will continue to increase.
5. Provides Clean, Renewable Energy
Because solar power is a 100% clean, renewable energy source, it reduces reliance on natural gas, oil, and coal for electricity production. These fossil fuels produce harmful emissions that affect the quality of our water, air, and soil. In contrast, solar energy produces no pollution. Residential solar energy systems are an investment in our planet’s future, protect our environment, and conserve non-renewable energy sources.
6. Guard Against Rising Energy Costs
One of the most obvious benefits of solar panels is the ability to avoid increasing utility prices. Residential electricity prices have gone up approximately 3% annually over the past ten years. When you invest in a solar energy system, you can guard against unpredictable increases in electricity costs and fix your electricity rate. Going solar helps you manage your expenses – especially if you’re a homeowner or business with a fluctuating cash flow.
7. Earn a High Return on Your Investment
Solar panels aren’t an expense – they’re an excellent way to invest, with returns that rival those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electricity bill savings, the average American homeowner can pay off their solar panel system in seven to eight years – and receive a ROI of 20% or more.
At Pickett Solar, we design and install electricity-generating solar panel systems for homes and businesses in Houston, Texas.
You can learn more about solar panel installation by reading our solar panel installation frequently asked questions.
April 9, 2021