Are you on the fence about adding residential solar panels to your roof?
It’s a big decision.
It involves people climbing ladders and fastening expensive electrical equipment to the roof of your home (the roof that keeps your family safe from rain and sleet and snow).
It may also involve spending thousands of dollars (although there are ways around that as we’ll see later).
And it very possibly involves a technology that you know nothing about and aren’t too comfortable with (although we hope to change that, too).
If you let your worries get the best of you, it can start to seem like there are more reasons to avoid solar power than there are to take advantage of it. Hopefully this hasn’t happened to you. Solar doesn’t have to be a scary experience and a little information can make a big difference.
By taking a little time to familiarize yourself with residential solar panels and what they can do for you, you can alleviate your worries and maybe even become a full-fledged solar enthusiast.
Before you know it you’ll be annoying family and friends with tales of how solar power can save the world. Sounds pretty amazing doesn’t it?
So let’s get started by taking a look at the top three reasons that you should go solar today:
1. Solar Power Ain’t Getting Any Cheaper
As production has increased, economies of scale have allowed solar panel prices to decrease steadily over the past few years.
Some people look at this trend and reasonably assume that they should continue delaying the purchase of a solar power system and wait for prices to get even lower.
There’s only one problem with this line of thinking: As solar panels become more affordable, many governments are reducing their solar power incentives. This can mean that the amount you pay for solar panels in a couple years may not be any different than what you’d pay now.
If you’re still waiting on residential solar panels, do your homework and make sure that the solar incentives available to you now are going to be around for a while.
2. Solar Power Technology Isn’t So Scary
If you find solar power to be a confusing and somewhat intimidating subject, you’re not alone.
Electricity in any form is a pretty complex subject but maybe you can take some comfort in the history of solar panels. It turns out that the photovoltaic effect (converting sunlight into electricity) was discovered over 170 years ago.
A lot of brilliant scientists have been working for a lot of years to refine solar technology so that it’s ready for your rooftop.
Suffice it to say: The bugs have been worked out and solar power has arrived!
3. You May Not Have To Break The Bank
If you had to purchase a solar power system outright you would probably need tens of thousands of extra dollars in the bank. Believe it or not, some people are not currently in this enviable position.
Luckily, there are now options available that could allow you to go solar for a small down payment or no money at all. With a lease or power purchase agreement you could take advantage of solar power without having to purchase solar panels.
When you partner with a company like SunRun, you purchase the solar power that the panels on your roof produce while SunRun handles the installation of the panels and any necessary maintenance.This allows you to take advantage of residential solar panels even if you don’t have the money to buy a solar electric system.
So there you go…
The top three reasons that you should go solar today. I could go on with more reasons, of course, but I assume you’re already on the phone with a solar installer.