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When you install a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future. How much you can save depends on the utility rates and solar policies in your area, but going solar is a smart investment regardless of where you live.
Solar power, like other renewable energy resources, has many environmental and health benefits. Going solar reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change, and also results in fewer air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, which can cause health problems.
The easiest way to find out how much you pay for electricity (and how much electricity you use per month) is to take a look at your utility electricity bill. Review EnergySage’s guide to reading your electricity bill to find out exactly what to look for.
Net metering is the system that utilities use to credit solar energy system owners for the electricity produced by their solar panels. With net metering, you only pay for the electricity that you use beyond what your solar panels can generate. Net metering policies differ from state to state – from Massachusetts to California – so make sure to do your homework ahead of time.
Studies have shown that homes with solar energy systems sell for more than homes without them. However, your property value will only increase if you own, rather than lease, your solar panel system. In most parts of the country, going solar will actually increase your property value more than a kitchen renovation.
Solar panels absorb the sun’s energy throughout the day and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity. At that point, you either use the electricity in your house or send it back to the electric grid
Solar panels work best in sunny areas, but they can still generate electricity in cloudy or overcast conditions. The amount of electricity produced may be lower, but it is still possible to use solar panels in areas with less sunshine.
Yes, solar panels can be installed on flat roofs using mounting systems that are designed for this purpose. Flat roofs are often a good option for solar installations because they provide a large, unobstructed space for the panels.
Solar panels require minimal maintenance, but it is a good idea to clean them periodically to remove dirt and debris. This can be done with a hose, a soft brush, and some mild detergent.
The amount of energy your solar panels produce depends on a number of factors, including the size of your system, your location, and the amount of sunlight you receive. A solar installer can provide an estimate of the energy production for your specific system.
Yes, it is possible to use solar energy for heating and cooling your home. This can be done through the use of solar thermal systems that capture the sun’s energy and use it to heat water or air.
Yes, it is possible to take your solar panels with you if you move. However, it can be costly to remove and reinstall the panels, so it is important to consider this when deciding whether to install solar panels.
Yes, there are tax incentives available for installing solar panels. These incentives vary by location, but they can include federal tax credits, state and local rebates, and other financial incentives.
The installation of solar panels typically takes a few days to a few weeks, depending on the size of the system and the complexity of the installation.
Yes, there are many financing options available for solar installations, including loans, leases, and power purchase agreements. A solar installer can provide information on the financing options available in your area.
At the end of their life, solar panels can be recycled to recover the materials used in their manufacture. Many solar manufacturers and installers offer recycling programs to ensure that solar panels are disposed of responsibly.