Going green is all the rage. From recycling cups and composting food to powering homes with clean energy, there are a number of ways households and homeowners in the 21st century are looking for ways to save money and help the environment. A common consideration in many suburban areas is having solar panels installed. But exactly how does it work? And more importantly, how can your home benefit from solar panels?
While there are tons of reasons why, here are some of our top benefits of installing solar panels.
The most immediate effects a Delaware or Maryland business or homeowner will see after having solar panels installed are lower utility bills. Once your home or business has reached the point where you’ve saved more than the cost of the panels and installation, it’s money in your pocket after that.
With utility rates climbing at an annual rate, with solar panels installed you’ll save more and more than the year before. The long-term advantage of solar energy really comes down to energy independence.
Buying a home with solar panels directly translates into lower electricity costs, which can be a benefit if you're looking to sell your house and if you’re in the market to purchase one. Just like homes in preferred school districts or homes with good Home Energy Ratings, solar panels will increase a home's value on the market.
The property value advantages of solar energy only increase as electricity prices go up and, it's likely that the value of a solar installation will rise as well.
Federal, state, and local governments often offer lucrative tax credits, rebates, and other incentives to encourage homeowners to switch to renewable energy.
In Maryland and Delaware, both states allows you to deduct some of the cost of your solar energy system costs. Follow the links for more information about incentives and rebates for solar panel installations in Maryland and Delaware. If you do not expect to owe taxes in the year you purchase your solar system, you can roll over your federal solar tax credit to the following year.
These incentives can dramatically lower the cost of a solar energy purchase and can often make solar power less expensive than power from the utility company. Help potential customers crunch the numbers to see how available tax credits and rebates will affect the final cost of their solar system.
Modern solar systems are built to withstand normal and seasonal environmental conditions, and a high-quality system will require little to no maintenance. Operations and maintenance (O&M) involves preventative routines mostly defined by inspections, both periodic and after significant events such as storms. Owners of residential and small-scale commercial installations often can perform these inspections themselves.
These low-maintenance, high-reliability systems mean that all homeowners need to do is sit back and enjoy their solar savings without needing to worry about system failures or weather-related damage, and will ensure your customer's peace of mind for years to come.
This is the most obvious benefit of installing solar panels, but it's worth mentioning again. While in use, solar panels create absolutely no waste or emissions. Unlike fossil fuel power plants, they produce clean, renewable energy from an energy source that requires no excavation, transportation, or combustion. It’s a simpler, cheaper, cleaner, and all-around better energy solution. And, of course, solar grants energy independence, since sunshine can't be bought or monopolized and is available everywhere, free of charge, for everyone.
For more information about solar panel installations in Delaware and Maryland, contact Green Street Solar at (800) 834-5196.