Solar energy provides an efficient and eco-friendly way to heat your home and power lights, electrical appliances and electronic items. Solar panels reduce energy usage significantly, yet still provide for a fully powered and comfortably heated home.
Benefits of Solar Energy
Residential solar energy offers a number of benefits beyond more traditional heating and electrical systems. It boosts the value of your home and reduces utility bills, since you won’t be relying on a furnace to heat your home or drawing electricity from your local utility. In addition to saving money each month, there are also local, state and federal government tax incentives and rebates for homeowners who make the switch to solar energy. Using solar power also means that your home’s carbon footprint is reduced, which is a big benefit for the environment. Your switch to solar energy might also encourage neighbors to start using residential solar energy as well, making an even bigger beneficial impact on the environment.
Having a solar energy system installed might seem complicated, but it’s actually a straightforward process. A contractor determines the best positioning for the solar panels and creates the best design for your new system. After reviewing and accepting the proposal, construction is scheduled. The contractor also helps file the necessary paperwork with the utility company and county. The actual construction part of the process takes from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size of the project. Once it’s completed, the contractor helps fill out the paperwork for any incentives and rebates for which you qualify. You’ll also learn more about how your new solar panels work and how to keep them in good condition.
- Do the panels require maintenance? Regular inspections are recommended to ensure that everything is working properly, but panels do not need routine maintenance.
- Will I have power on overcast days? Panels won’t give off as much power as they usually do, but there will be more than enough to keep everything in the house up and running throughout the day.
- Will my roof need additional support to hold the panels? In most cases, structural modifications to roofs aren’t needed. The systems we install spread out the additional weight, making the panels easier to support.
- Will I still be dealing with my utility company? As long as you remain on the grid, which is strongly recommended, you will still be with your current utility company.