Installing solar panels on your home’s rooftop or in your yard is an excellent way to save money on your utility bills, as well as reduce pollution from the coal and natural gas used to make electricity. The sun provides a source of clean, abundant energy and solar panels are more affordable than ever, with prices 80% lower than they were just 15 years ago.
Want to learn more? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about solar power:
What is the upfront cost of installing solar panels?
In many states, leasing solar panels is an option, giving homeowners the benefit without upfront costs. Leasing means that the customer pays a monthly fee to a leasing company, who will install and maintain the panels, generally for a 20 year period. If you choose to purchase solar panels, the price varies depending on the size of the home, but there are often state and federal tax rebates available to help defray the cost.
How long does it take to install solar panels?
The solar company you use will be responsible for obtaining the necessary permits in advance, but the actual installation can usually be done in a day.
Will solar power work if the power goes out?
Yes, if there’s a daytime electrical outage, your solar panels can still turn sunlight into electricity. For a nighttime power outage a battery system would be necessary.
Will solar panels work on cloudy or snowy days?
Though they work best in sunny conditions, your solar panels will continue to work on overcast days. Snow that falls on solar panels tends to melt very quickly because panels are dark and face the sun. Studies have shown that they work more efficiently in cold weather and may produce more electricity from sunlight reflecting off of snow.
How much money will I save with solar panels?
The amount of savings varies, based on your current electric bill and the size of the system installed, but the average homeowner saves $1,217 per year by converting to solar energy, making it a very worthwhile longterm investment!
Do some research, get some local quotes and see how much money you can save long-term!
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