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ARE SOLAR PANELS FOR YOU
ARE SOLAR PANELS FOR YOU?
The cost of solar panels has dropped dramatically over the past decade.
Is it time for your home to run on sunshine? Here are some tips to consider!
1. Pro: DEMOLISH YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL
Obviously by capturing free energy from the sun, you’ll pay less in your utility bill. In some states, you may even earn money back by selling unused energy made by your panels to the utility company in the form of Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs).
2. Con: UPFRONT COSTS
While installation and materials are more affordable than ever, it might take up to seven years for the system to pay for itself through the money you save. Fortunately, there are considerable tax breaks, rebates and solar-specific loans available to help homeowners get started. The federal investment tax credit allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of your system from your taxes. You can search for state programs on the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency®.
3. Pro: SAVE THE PLANET
Generating energy from fossil fuels emits harmful carbon dioxide and methane that contributes to global warming – using solar panels for power does not. And unlike other energy sources, solar power doesn’t require water to process.
4. Con: DOESN'T WORK FOR EVERY ROOF
Some roofing materials used in older homes, like slate or cedar tiles, make installation difficult, and at times impossible.
5. Pro: MAY INCREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME
Solar panels may increase the value of your home, according to research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, part of the Department of Energy.
6. Con: MAINTENANCE COSTS
Insurance, cleaning, repairs. As with most things, solar panels require maintenance.
Looking for a greener house? Call me! Valerie Macleay 760-500-1825
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