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Should You Install Solar Power for Your Home?


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While global warming slowly continues to envelope the globe, there is too much hue and cry about the need for clean sources of power generation. It is here that energy generated from the sun holds importance.

Solar power promises to be the cleanest form of energy. If you are not too happy about leaving your carbon footprints on the earth, you can contribute to the cause of the environment by switching to solar energy.

Why Install Residential Solar Power

Using solar power for your home, you will not only offset your use of nonrenewable resources, but also save on your electricity or utility bill. Statistics reveal that a typical US home uses 56% of energy on heating and cooling. With solar panels installed in your home, your use of electricity from the utility company will reduce dramatically, thus reducing your utility costs on heating and cooling. By installing solar panels on your roof to capture free sunlight and convert the same into power, you may be eligible for tax credits or incentives through your utility company.

After the initial investment of setting up a solar system in your home, you can reap the reward of lower electricity costs. Not only this, it will also help improve the value of your home. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, for every $1 decrease in utility bills, the value of a home rises by $20. Besides, solar panels are self-sustaining and require low maintenance, with an average life span of 25 years. This means you don’t need to make any further investment in solar panels in the near future.

Should You Go For It?

Since solar energy is harnessed from the light of the sun, which has been warming the earth for billions of years, it is clean and does not pollute the environment, unlike the fast depleting, non-renewable resources of power, including oil, coal, and gas. Solar energy generation does not create any noise pollution either. What’s more, off-grid solar panels store solar energy generated during the daylight hours. You can use this power stored in a deep cell battery to run a remote cabin, RV, or any vehicle. It is a win-win deal!