Thinking about solar installation for your building's roof? Using solar panels to provide a portion (or all) of your home energy needs is becoming almost commonplace these days - so there are many who've gone before you and have already discovered the benefits of going solar.
A home solar system has many components, and it can cost $10,000 or more to install, all told. But don't let that scare you because there are many good reasons why people are opting for solar energy more and more. Here are the top five such reasons:
1. Save Money On Electric Power
Depending on how large of a system you install and how much power you use on a regular basis, you could produce most or all of your electric right on your own rooftop. You could even sell power back to the utility company for a profit!
Over the course of 5 to 7 years, many solar systems pay for themselves completely. And they last for 25 years or longer, saving you money month after month. Add in the federal solar energy tax credit (at 30% the cost of solar installation currently) and other tax incentives and rebates, and you save even more.
2. Become More Energy Independent
If you outfit your solar energy system with storage batteries, you can keep your home powered up even during a brownout. You can also use the batteries to charge up an electric automobile if you own one.
You'll want to balance feeding solar power back into the grid against keeping some on hand in storage for an emergency. This way, you can get the best of both worlds - be more energy independent and save big money on your power bill.
3. Increase The Resale Value Of Your Home
Most home buyers are willing to pay an extra $15,000 for a house with an average-sized solar system attached. That means you at least retain the value of your investment with solar installation.
But a Department of Energy survey says that solar panels add an average of $4 per Watt to home value, while the average price per Watt is around $3. That makes it even smarter to invest in solar installation.
Plus, solar panels can be a part of qualifying your home for LEED Certification, which also helps homes sell faster on the market.
4. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint!
By using solar panels for your home energy needs over the course of three decades, you can offset 180 tons of carbon dioxide production that would have occurred to support your use of fossil-fuel generated energy for the same period.
And by harnessing the sunlight available all around us, you are tapping into the most abundant renewable energy resource we have. There is not depletion risk here!
5. Do Solar Installation While Re-roofing
Finally, to make solar installation more convenient and cost-effective, consider doing it at a time when you are already planning on roofing your home. Sooner or later, your roof will need new shingles, and that is the perfect opportunity to put in new solar panels as well.
If you are looking for a good contractor in Central Florida who can handle both roofing and solar panel installation at the same time, contact Sheegog Contracting today! We can walk you through the details of solar installation and help you make an informed decision on which system components to choose, where to locate your solar system, and more.