Go Green with Solar Power Systems for Your Home

    As energy costs continue to rise, and as the awareness of global climate change continues to grow, homeowners are flocking to solar power systems as a smart alternative to purchasing power from the utility company.  You may not be able to do much about the cost of gas at the pump, but you can mitigate your home electrical costs through investment in solar power systems while also contributing to society’s effort to stem global warming.

    Why Go Solar?

    1. Solar power systems can offset or completely eliminate the amount of electricity you have to purchase from your utility company or electric service provider to power your home. Using solar power systems help reduce our energy reliance on fossil fuels.

    2. The electricity generated by your solar power system is clean, renewable and reliable. It will help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases – a major contributor to global climate change.

    3. Solar power systems save you money on your electricity bill and act as a hedge against future price increases. Solar power systems can provide owners with fixed energy costs.

    4. A growing solar industry provides local jobs and economic development opportunities for states and regions.

    5. Using solar power systems helps your community by reducing electricity demand and providing additional electricity for the grid when you generate more than you use during the day, when the demand is highest.

    6. By installing solar power systems, you will see an increase in value of your property. The increase in value comes from the fact that it now costs less to operate that house or commercial building and as a result, the value of the property goes up. There are no negative tax consequences with the increase in property value.

    7. According to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study homes powered by a solar power system sold 20% faster and for 17% more than the equivalent non-solar homes, across several subdivisions.

    8. Solar power systems have an average life span of about 30 years or even longer. After installing a solar power system you can begin powering your home with solar energy. Additionally, solar panels are designed to be used in climates that are considered harsh. A common misconception is that direct sunshine is necessary to convert the energy to electricity. In reality, even on a cloudy day solar power systems are able to produce solar electricity (just not in the same capacity).

    9. Solar power systems can and will provide better air quality. As most people are aware, one of the major reasons renewable energy, particularly solar energy, is currently looked on so favorably, is that there is an increasing threat to the environment posed by carbon emissions, mainly due to the strong correlation between carbon dioxide and global warming. Solar power systems do not have any moving parts and do not require fuel in order to operate. They supply pollutant-free electricity which is renewable daily. The more money that is invested in solar energy, the less we will have to depend on polluting, expensive fossil fuels. This will in turn result in cleaner air.

    10. If solar power systems are forced to shut down due to major acts of God (i.e. earthquake, tsunami  etc.), there will be NO release of toxic fumes consistent with what we are now experiencing with nuclear power plants.