No matter whether you are for or against the idea of solar energy, it could very well be the future of both light and heat for homes in the U.S.
A big part of the reason for this is the fact that conventional energy sources seem to be programmed for increasing costs. Solar energy systems appear to be the most likely of the alternative energy sources for homeowners.
Only a small fraction of the nation’s energy comes from alternative and renewable sources, and only an even smaller fraction of that is from solar energy sources. Why is this? Probably because people are hesitant to spend what the initial cost is for solar energy systems.
But what many people don’t realize is savings per month can be over $100 in many states. And, there are programs available in which homeowners can go solar for little or no down payment. With solar leasing and solar purchase power agreements, a solar power provider owns the system, installs and maintains it, even providing repairs. The homeowner buys electricity from this provider for less than what it costs from utility companies.
Solar energy systems also increase the market value of your house. One study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 2006 showed a 17% increase in home value for those homes with solar panels. This study also showed these homes to sell 20% faster
There are also a number of tax incentives available for homeowners with solar energy systems. Up to 30% of the cost of equipment and installation can be recouped. There may also be other local and state incentives for your area.
Most solar energy manufacturers offer warranties of up to 20-30 years on the solar panels. The standard for the industry is a guarantee of 80% performance after 25 years. The actual life span of the panels may be up to 40 years.
In order to get the best installation of your solar energy system, you need to have an expert in these systems evaluate your need and install the appropriate system. Contact Alternate Energy for your complimentary solar energy assessment and onsite visit.