If you ask homeowners who have solar panels on their homes why these chose to go solar, you’ll get a variety of reasons. This is because there isn’t just one benefit. There are actually many reasons to go solar. One or more will likely convince you that the time is right to consider this valuable home improvement.
1. Slash Electric Bills
With a solar panel system, you’ll likely generate free power for the system’s 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you’re not producing all the energy that you’re consuming, the solar energy that you’re producing will reduce your electric bills substantially. In other words, you’re going to be saving a lot of money each month!
2. Increase Your Property Value
Realtors will tell you that homes equipped with solar panel systems have higher property values and sell quicker. Appraisers are now including solar in home evaluations, and homebuyers are much more knowledgeable about solar than they used to be. As solar panel systems become even more commonplace, the value will continue to rise.
3. Increase U.S. Energy Independence
As an infinite source of energy, the sun is a primary aspect of the United States achieving energy independence. As our ability to generate electricity from the sun grows, we are protecting our country from price fluctuations in global energy markets.
4. Protect the Environment
Solar enables you to reduce your carbon footprint by eliminating a significant amount of carbon emissions. In fact, just one residential solar panel system can eliminate three to four tons of emissions every year.
5. Support the Local Economy
The Solar Foundation estimates that the solar industry is adding jobs almost 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy. This rapid pace is expected to grow, too. As jobs in solar can’t be outsourced, they are a promising contributor to the local economy.