10 Reasons to Switch to Solar in 2018

9 MARCH 2018

10 Reasons to Switch to Solar in 2018

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In this day and age, with the technology and knowledge available, making the switch to solar just makes sense. No ifs, ands or buts about it. You definitely have a neighbor, friend, family member, acquaintance, favorite cashier - heck, even a cousin twice-removed who has looked into or has made the switch already.

Ditch your electric company already and switch to solar in 2018. Here’s why:

Solar is affordable

Solar panel prices have been dropping recently and the solar power industry has been growing exponentially, meaning now is the perfect time to purchase a home solar panel system. And with the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit, there’s no excuse not to at least research solar power for your home. Did you know that on average, homeowners can save about $25,000 over 25 years when they switch to solar power – talk about saving for the future! This clean and pollution-free process can provide electricity to your home less than what your electric company charges.

The possibilities of solar are endless

The sun isn’t going out of fashion anytime soon. Solar power can be used for literally anything we power through traditional electrical means. Germany, which gets less sun than every state in the continental United States, is the world’s leader in solar energy. It produces five times as much solar power than the U.S. This shows how much untapped potential there is using solar energy.

Solar panels increase home’s property value

Homes with solar panels installed yield higher prices than homes still plugged into the traditional energy grid. People are willing to pay more when buying a house to gain the potential of savings over the long-run using solar energy over the electric company. Since solar energy savings happens over an extended period of time and solar is a renewable energy, buyers will be chomping at the bit to buy your solar powered home.

Tax incentives will decline in coming years

The 30%, uncapped Solar Investment Tax Credit was passed as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Recently, Congress has agreed to extend the solar ITC at the current 30% rate through 2019, after which it will fall to 26% in 2020, 22% in 2021 and 10% in 2022. Invest in home solar panels while you can still take advantage of the full 30% Solar ITC.

Solar technology is stable, efficient and long-lasting

Solar is a renewable energy and as we said before, the sun isn’t going out of fashion anytime soon. Solar power is the future - traditional means of energy are not sustainable and will phase out in the coming years. However, this is one investment you can feel good about for years and years to come. Solar panels are very low maintenance and as they’re becoming more popular, so are the initial costs. Solar energy harnesses the power of the sun and is good for the environment. Needless to say, you can count on a solar panel system for many reasons.

Installing solar panels protects the roof

Solar panels are designed and installed in a way to keep your roof safe. You won’t need to worry about a leak in the portion of your roof protected by solar panels. Your roof is thicker with panels on them, so you don’t have to worry about your roof breaking or much damage occurring at all.

Solar has a predictable ROI

Typical solar panel home installations pay for themselves fully in about 6-15 years. Savings don’t stop there, though. Homeowners can expect to see significant savings over the life of their solar panel system. Over the course of 25 years, homeowners can save about $25,000 - talk about savings for the future.

Solar panels require minimal maintenance

Since there are no moving parts on a home solar panel system, they require very little maintenance after installation. Every once in a while, solar panels should be hosed off - if left unwashed for a significant amount of time, they can lose up to 5% of their energy producing power. Aside from that, you can forget about your panels as they run in the background without any attention.

Solar energy is good for the environment

Most people still rely on fossil fuels to power their homes, such as coal, natural gas and petroleum. Fossil fuels are formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms. This means, that there’s only a finite amount of these resources available for use; one day, they will run out. Extracting these resources from the crust is costly, time consuming and dangerous to our planet’s well-being. Solar energy is being recognized as the future of alternative energy sources. It’s completely non-polluting and helps combat the Greenhouse effect on global climate change created by the use of fossil fuels.

Renewable energy is the future

The oil crisis of 1970 revealed the delicate nature of fossil fuels as a source of energy for the world. Research in alternative, renewable energy technology, like solar and wind, has gained momentum ever since. This momentum isn’t slowing down anytime soon (at least not for the next 5 billion years). Prices have dropped dramatically over the past few years, while the solar industry has boomed. In 1975, the price of a solar panel was 227 times higher than it is today. On average, a homeowner can save about $25,000 over 25 years by switching to solar power. Solar energy produces no pollution, has no environmental effects and is ecologically acceptable.

Do yourself a favor: look into switching to solar energy today. What have you really got to lose? I’ll make the process easy for you. Contact me today for a free quote on a home solar panel installation.

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