As more and more countries are switching to renewables, the demand for clean, sustainable energy continues to rise. The great thing about this is that the cost of renewable energy is also falling, with one of the most affordable, accessible, and abundant being solar energy.
This is terrific news for American households.
So if you’re thinking of adopting a more eco-conscious lifestyle, you'll want to know about the following five advantages of using solar energy at home.
1. Solar is clean, renewable energy
The energy we get from the sun is 100 percent clean and renewable. By converting to solar energy as your primary resource for electricity, you contribute to the reduction of people’s dependence on coal, oil, and natural gas – all of which are primary contributors to global warming. Solar energy does not produce any type of pollution. Moreover, the sun is a virtually unlimited resource of free energy that does not alter or damage the landscape, or harm the Earth’s atmosphere.
2. Solar power frees people from the limitations of the electricity grid
It’s a reality that the US population has grown to such a size that our 100-year-old electricity grid is no longer capable of providing a steady stream of energy for every single household. In fact, American households have been experiencing more frequent and prolonged power outages in the last 15 years.
By harnessing solar energy and using solar-powered home battery units, your household remains unaffected by power fluctuations and outages.
3. Solar energy use equates to lower utility bills
If you’re among the many affected by soaring monthly electricity bills, making use of solar panels can significantly reduce energy consumption costs. Depending on the number, size, efficiency, and placement of your solar panels, you may even end up storing more energy than your household requires. This, of course, can mean zero electricity consumption. In some places, electricity overproduction can even qualify you for a rebate, so be sure to inquire about this.
4. Solar energy use can qualify you for tax breaks
To encourage people to convert to solar energy, tax breaks are offered on federal, state, and local levels. For homes with solar systems installed on or before December 31, 2019, concerned homeowners can qualify for a 30 percent tax credit. Beginning in 2020, the tax credit for solar home use will go down to 26 percent, and then down to 22 percent in 2021 – the final year to qualify for a solar use-related tax credit. Additionally, installing solar panels can increase the resale value of your property by 4.1 percent on average.
5. The cost of going solar has gone down
The price of the materials required for converting to solar energy resources for the home has gone down by as much as 70 percent in the last ten years. Maintenance won’t cost you much as well since there are no moving parts in solar equipment that are prone to breaking down. The price of home solar battery units has also substantially dropped.
Time to go solar today
There’s no better time than today to start using solar energy. It’s one of the few great alternatives for 100 percent clean, renewable energy.
If you have questions or need help with going solar, Team Contractors is ready to help.
We have the capabilities to design, install, and monitor solar energy systems for both residential and commercial applications. Get in touch today.