Did you know that residential energy usage makes up 20% of the total greenhouse gas emissions of the US? While reducing residential energy consumption won’t completely solve the climate crisis, it can take a big chunk out of our national emissions.
If you want to do your part, it can be daunting to consider going solar. Solar panels come with a big price tag, so you want to be sure before you take the plunge.
To help you see that going solar is one of the best choices you’ll ever make for your home, your wallet, and the environment, read on!
Clean, Sustainable Power
Solar energy is one of the most environmentally friendly ways you can power your home. The panels use only clean energy directly from the sun! By reducing your carbon footprint you can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and end our dependence on fossil fuels.
While you might think that your personal carbon footprint is a drop in the bucket when it comes to greenhouse gasses, you’ll be helping more than you know. In the long term, you’ll be preventing tons of emissions. In addition, you will set a good example for your neighbors who might also go solar!
Many people assume that if their area has a lot of cloudy days, snow, or rain, solar panels won’t be effective. This is a misconception. If you install your solar panels with a battery, you can store excess energy on sunny days that can be used on cloudy ones.
In addition, you can use this backup energy for the occasional power outage. For that reason, solar panels provide a consistent source of power with fewer blackouts, no matter the climate you live in.
If you’re still not sure if your house gets enough sun for solar, contact Blue Raven to make sure your house is compatible.
Long Term Financial Savings
Many people see the cost associated with installing solar panels and assume it’s impossible to save money. However, while solar panels have a larger installation cost, they can save you serious cash in the long term. On average solar panels pay for themselves in savings after about 6 years.
This means in 6 years, the cost of installing your panels will be dwarfed by the amount you’ll have saved on your electric bill. So, if you go solar you’ll be making a big investment in your future.
In addition, solar panels are very attractive in the real estate market. If you decide to move before your panels have paid for themselves, you’ll be able to raise your asking price for your house and you’ll be able to make that money back.
If you have a solar battery that’s hooked up to the electric grid, in some cases, you can provide this energy back to the grid and receive a negative electric bill for the month! This means that depending on your set up, your solar panels can make you a small amount of money every month!
Going Solar for a Better Future
If you weren’t convinced before, you should be now. Going solar is one of the best decisions you can make. It’s environmentally friendly, it can save you lots of money, raise the price of your house, and keep your house connected to electricity even when the power grid goes dark.
Consider installing solar panels for your house today! If you’re looking for more sustainability tips, check out our blog for more ways to save money while going green.