Is It Time for You to Make the Switch to Solar?
Your friends are doing it. Your neighbors are doing it. The small business down the street is, too. These days, it seems like everyone is going solar. If you’re still sitting on the fence, here are 10 great reasons to go solar today.
Solar Is a Great Investment
If you’re still laboring under the impression that going solar is a costly status symbol for affluent environmentalists, you’re behind the times. These days, solar energy is cost-competitive with purchasing energy from the utility in most parts of the country. In fact, the vast majority of people who opt for clean, green, solar energy can expect to see substantial long-term returns on their investments.
You Can Go Solar With $0 Down
If you’re a homeowner, you might be wary of taking out an equity loan or depleting your savings to finance a solar system. Well, there’s no need to do either of those things. Solar leases and power purchase agreements can put solar panels on your roof with as little as $0 down.
Solar Reduces Your Monthly Electricity Costs
Solar is a great long-term investment, but you have to consider your monthly budget, as well. Thankfully, most people who go solar are able to substantially reduce their monthly costs.
Unless you opt for a battery backup system for solar (which is becoming a more viable option by the second), you’ll probably still need to purchase some of your electricity from the utility, but whether you buy, lease, or enter a PPA, your overall costs should be quite a bit lower.
Solar Increases Your Home’s Value
Solar energy is becoming a very sough-after feature among homebuyers. Studies have shown that solar-equipped homes sell faster and net higher selling prices than comparable homes without solar systems.
Solar Locks in Your Electricity Rates
The electricity most homes currently depend on is generated largely by fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. If history has taught us anything, it’s that the prices of fossil fuels are subject to dramatic fluctuations, and that their cost tends to increase over time.
By going solar, you’ll be insulating yourself from fluctuations in the fossil fuel markets, and locking in your electricity rates for years to come.
Tax Breaks Galore With Solar
There are so many great tax breaks for going solar. For starters, the federal government will credit up to 30% of purchase and installation costs. Many state governments issue tax rebates, as well. And in many locales, solar panels are exempt from property tax assessments, so you’ll be adding tax-free value to your home.
Solar Is Good for the Environment
Why purchase electricity generated by burning polluting fossil fuels when you can power your home with clean, renewable solar energy. If you’re concerned about climate change and preserving an inhabitable earth for future generations, going solar is a no-brainer.
Be the Change
As a wise man once said, you have to “be the change you wish to see in the world.” Sure, you can try to exert pressure on the international business community to clean up its act by boycotting businesses that shirk their responsibilities, but going solar allows you to make real change happen, albeit on a small scale. Still, every little bit helps.
Be a Trendsetter
OK, so your days of being the Mixtape Master might be over, but there’s no reason you can’t still be a trendsetter. Going solar is as hip as it gets, and your neighbors will see your new solar panels as a badge of forward-thinking coolness. Hopefully, they’ll follow suit because of your good example.
Maintenance? What Maintenance?
Did you know that solar panels are virtually maintenance-free? It’s true. Other than spraying off the dust every once in a while, and making sure they’re clear of debris, solar panels require very little in the way of upkeep. Plus, many are guaranteed for 25 years, and most leases and PPAs include upkeep.
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