Solar Energy and Your Home

Solar-powered homes have become much more common. If you are interested in potentially making the switch to solar power, there are a few topics to think about before committing. The first topic is, can your roof support solar panels? If your roof is mostly shaded during the day and throughout the year, it might not have a favorable enough “solar window” to justify purchasing solar panels. Contact a local installer to have them assess the viability of your roof.

The second topic is the efficiency of solar panels. The ideal situation for any solar-powered residence is to be completely self-sufficient, but that is rarely the case. Solar panels are not always 100 percent efficient. This lack of efficiency will leave you likely still needing electricity from a power provider. The good news is that the reverse is also true. Solar-powered homes will have days that they generate too much electricity for themselves, and you, as the homeowner, can receive credit from the local electricity company for this excess power. 

The next important topic is price. In the past decade, the cost of solar installation in the U.S. has dropped by roughly 70 percent. This technology has become less of a “clean” commodity to reasonable home improvement. With the reduction in costs, homeowners at any stage should take a look at solar power as an option. It does not matter if it is your first home or your forever home. On average, the breakeven point for solar panels is about seven and a half years. Not only is the breakeven point for solar power a selling point, but it can expedite the home buying process. This expedited buying process happens because society is becoming more open to green technologies and that they are cost-effective alternatives. Potential homebuyers are interested in having little to no electricity bill! 

So if you are in the market for a smart home improvement project, it may be time to seriously consider solar panels. Call a professional to inspect the viability of your roof for solar panels as well as to ensure your roof has an optimal “solar window.” Remember that just because you have a resource like solar power does not mean you are always self-sufficient. Lastly, the pricing for this for of home improvement project from parts to installation have dropped by roughly 70 percent over the last decade, and that any excess power goes to the electricity company and gives you credit for future use!