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December 2019

Why You Should Go Solar for Your Home

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Over the past few years, we’ve heard more and more about climate change and the effect that it is having on the world around us. People are scrambling to find a way that they can decrease their impact, one of which is adding solar panels to their homes. In Connecticut as of 2017, nearly 23,000 homes had installed solar panels and that number has been growing rapidly ever since. Whether you want to add them to your home to help reduce your environmental impact or because you’re hoping that they can help you save money, we’re going to review the biggest reasons that you should go solar! 

 The first reason is one that we’ve already reviewed. Adding solar panels to your home is a great way to be conscious about the effect that you have on the environment. Unlike other forms of energy, solar power does not produce greenhouse gases, air or water pollution. You can reduce your carbon footprint while also reducing your energy bill. Your solar panel system can help get rid of 3-4 tons of carbon emissions in just one year.

 Another good reason to go solar is so that you can reduce your electric bill (generally by a noticeable amount). On average in Connecticut, homes are able to save $11,000 over the course of a 20-year agreement, based on an estimate made by Project Solar by Google. In some states, you’re also able to avoid the constant increase to the amount that you’re paying from the utility company. Imagine what you could do with thousands of dollars extra!

 When you get solar panels for your home, you get a huge return on your investment. Solar panels are one way of making your money back ten-fold. When you purchase solar panels, you’re able to save way more than they would have cost in the first place, allowing you to (once again) save money in the long run.

 Lastly (for our list), solar panels will increase the value of your home. Despite popular rumors, solar panels will actually increase the value of your home when you go to sell it. Crazy right? This is because so many people are looking for homes that have solar panels, both for environmental reasons, along with the benefit that they’re going to be able to save money themselves. Solar panels are a sure-fire way of reducing the cost of ownership, which is why so many people have decided to make the switch.

Overall, these are just some of the biggest reasons why you should go solar and install your own panels on your home. You can join a community of people who want to reduce their carbon footprint on the world while also saving themselves money in the process. There’s generally very few reasons why you shouldn’t go solar, and if something that you’ve been thinking about for a long time, now is your chance to take the leap and get started on setting up your very own solar panels for your home.

The 5 Best Questions to Ask Before Going Solar

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Blog Title – The 5 Best Questions to Ask Before Going Solar 

These days it seems like solar panels are everywhere. They’re going up in fields, on big buildings, and even on personal homes. Chances are you’ve seen one or two articles convincing you that solar power would be able to save you money in the long run. With their ever-growing popularity, how can you tell if solar panels are right for your home? What are the questions that you should be asking before you sign up? We’re going to be breaking down all the questions that you may have and that you should ask your sales rep. 

Question #1: Where can the panels be installed on my roof? 

There is a ton of misinformation out there about how solar panels are going to decrease the value of your property because they have to be placed in the front of the house, but this isn’t true. Not only do solar panels increase the amount you can ask for when you go to sell, but each house will have a unique placement depending on the type of roof, the angle of the slant, and various other factors. This is something that you can ask the company before you get them installed, so you can have a good idea of where they’ll be placed. 

Question #2: Do you offer leases, loans, or a power purchase agreement?

Before you take out a large loan or go into debt to purchase your solar panels, it’s smart to ask if they have any other options. At Elite Energy Consultants, we offer a power purchase agreement that will reduce the cost of the solar panels. This is one way that you can get the solar panels at little to no cost to yourself, while also paying lower rates for electricity than you would through the electric company. There’s no harm in asking! 

Question #3: What incentives are available in my state?

This is another great money-saving questions to ask, because a lot of states have some form of incentive that they offer for people going solar. In Connecticut, there are 77 different policies and incentives that you could potentially use to help lower the cost of electricity or the cost of the solar panels themselves. 

Question #4: Would I be able to do net metering in my state?

Currently, there are 38 states that allow you net meter any extra electricity that is created by your solar panels. This means that in the spring and summer months, if you make more electricity than you use, the electric company will turn back your meter. When the winter months come around and the solar panels aren’t covering all the energy that you need, the electricity that was stored up will be returned to the home for free. If you live in a state that does net metering, this is just another good reason to add solar panels to your home! 

Question #5: How much can I save on my electric bill each month?

This question is one that is going to vary from company to company and from state to state, so unfortunately we can’t give a good answer here. This is something that you should definitely talk to your solar panel company about! Most people are able to save a large amount of money over the lifetime of their solar panels when compared to how much they would spend with the utility companies.  

If there are any questions that are holding you back from going solar, the best thing that you can do is ask a local company all about them. We try our best to answered as fully and honestly as possible because we are passionate about the environment and helping as many people go solar as we can.