Will Going Solar Help You Save on Your Power Bill?
The short answer to this question is a simple “yes.” Solar power is not just good for the environment, as putting solar panels on your house could also net you considerable savings on your power bill. Depending on where you live and the amount of power your home or business consumes (see below for more information), that savings could be enough to offset the cost of the solar power system you get installed in as little as a few years.
Regardless of where you live, solar power is a terrific way to gain savings while doing a little something good for the environment. In this post, we will start by taking a look at how much you may stand to save if you decide to put solar panels on your home.
We’ll also look at the amount you might save on your power bills, depending on where you live and what size system you decide to purchase. Last, we’ll take a quick look at how solar power incentives, tax credits, and other programs can offset the cost and get you into a position to realize those savings faster. more “Do Solar Panels Actually Save Homeowners Money?”
The Best Ways to Pay for Residential Solar
One of the most challenging things about preparing yourself to go solar, is sorting through all the options you have when it comes to paying for your solar panels, solar storage, and everything else that comes along with a solar power generation system. Weighing the options when it comes to paying for residential solar power can be confusing, but it is worth careful consideration.
After all, solar power isn’t cheap. Though your new solar power system will eventually pay for itself several times over the next couple of decades, finding the best (and least expensive) way to pay for it will only increase your savings and get you to realizing those savings all that much faster.
So, in this brief guide on paying for residential solar, we’ll look at several of the contemporary financing options for solar panels, and provide you with enough information to get you on your way to making the best decision for your situation and your budget. more “Financing My Solar Panels: A Quick Guide to Paying for Residential Solar Panels”
A Breakdown of All the Costs Associated With Home Solar Installation
Solar power has gotten less and less expensive over the years, with the average cost of solar panels and the rest of what makes up a solar power system now costing roughly a third of what it did at the turn of the millennium. That said, figuring out how much a solar power system will cost you can be challenging. There are many variables involved, so the short answer to the question in this post is “it depends.”
In this post, we’ll get into some of the variables involved in estimating how much of a system you need and how much it’ll cost to purchase that system and have it professionally installed.
We’ll look at the effect your location can have on pricing, as well as the variability of equipment option pricing, and even what you may be able to count on for price offsets in different places across the country. But to truly get your head wrapped around what you need and what it will cost, you’re going to want to consult a local solar installation professional. more “How Much Will It Cost to Put Solar Panels on My House?”
Everything You Need to Know About Net Metering Programs Before you Go Solar
Depending on which state you live in, or in some locations, on your local utility company, net metering may represent one of the biggest incentives, one of the biggest cost offsets, for going solar. Installing solar panels on your home allows you to set up your own electric utility, just for your needs.
Net metering, however, allows you to sell the power you generate back to the grid you’re connected to, offsetting the cost of the electricity you draw from the grid when you can’t produce your own and run out of stored power. In some cases, this may even earn you money.
But of course, it’s not quite that simple. Net metering isn’t available everywhere, and net metering programs differ a bit from location to location, state to state, and utility to utility. In this post, we’ll go over the basics of net metering. more “What Are the Basics of Net Metering Before I Switch to Solar Power?”
Solar Power Generation Plus Storage for a Complete Solution
For many people considering taking the plunge and going solar, examining the staggering array of options available these days may be an early and high hurdle. At first glance, it may seem like solar power should be a relatively simple thing – if you leave out how the solar panels work themselves. You put the panels on your roof, pointed toward the sun. They generate electricity, and your house uses that power to run your lights, your appliances, your television, etc. Roughly speaking, that is certainly how it works.
Going solar will also require all of the necessary modifications to your home’s circuit breaker. There will also be additional equipment needed to convert the power that the cells generate into power that can be used to turn on your appliances, lights, and other electrical things. more “Solar Plus Storage: A Guide to Solar Power Storage for the Homeowner”