Going Solar? What Are the Benefits of Installing Solar Panels On Your House

Going Solar? What Are the Benefits of Installing Solar Panels On Your House

From leading corporations trying to reduce their environmental impact to California laws requiring new construction to be more environmentally-sound, solar panels aren’t going anywhere. In fact, they’ll undoubtedly become more popular in the future as new construction continues to pop up across the country. But, you don’t have to be in the process of building a new house to add solar panels to your home. You might think that it’s not worth the investment, but that’s a common misconception! There are actually many different benefits to installing solar panels on your house. Once you know some of the advantages, you might find it’s easier to make the switch and start saving energy.   Going Solar Saves You Money One of the biggest reasons people avoid ‘going solar’ is that they think it’ll cost a lot of money. On the contrary, solar panels will start saving you money right away. The average household can save up to $100 each month in energy costs.   Solar panels are usually under warranty for about 20 years. If you add up the savings, that equals $30,000 in the typical lifespan of your panels! Depending on your state and the amount of sunlight you get, you could end up saving thousands more.   Additionally, there are tax breaks and rebates to consider! If you do install solar panels, be sure to talk with a federal tax specialist about an income tax credit.   It Increases the Value of Your Home As solar energy becomes more popular, homes that have solar panels also become more appealing. As stated above, the average warranty for panels is...
California Construction and Solar Panels: What Does it Mean?

California Construction and Solar Panels: What Does it Mean?

California recently became the first state in the country to require solar panels on all newly-constructed homes. While the rules aren’t in place just yet (they will be starting in 2020), many people are wondering what it will mean not only for homes but how will it impact the environment? The goal of this new law is to make at least half of California’s used energy renewable. This goal goes hand-in-hand with a bigger climate change goal that the state is trying to achieve by 2050. If you live in California, what can you expect from this kind of construction? And, how will it impact the rest of the country?   What Does it Mean for Housing Costs?   The problem some Californians have with this new initiative is that it’ll significantly increase the cost of building a home. Unfortunately, it already costs quite a bit of money to build and/or buy a home in California. So, it’s understandable why some people are concerned about the increasing prices in the housing market. This isn’t just a problem for home builders and buyers, but for anyone who has to deal with new home construction. A prime example is Habitat for Humanity, who relies on donations to construct new homes. The good news? In the long run, the costs will likely even out. With solar panels installed on a home, energy costs for the people living there will be significantly lower. While this is a savings that will add up over many years, you will eventually get that money “back” in what you’re saving each month.   What Does it Mean...