Did you know that solar power in the US already offsets 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide yearly? That is the equivalent of 131 million acres of forest. Every year, more people choose a solar energy system for their homes, adding to the reduction of carbon dioxide.

If you are considering setting up a sustainable home with solar power, you may be wondering what kind of benefits you can expect. Let us take a look at what a solar energy system can offer.


Reduce or Eliminate Electric Bills With a Solar Energy System

When you have solar panels installed in your home, you will create your own electricity. You will rely less or not at all on your electric utility and this will slash your energy bill each month. Since solar panel systems tend to last between 25 and 35 years, you have decades of lower energy bills to enjoy.

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Improves Your Home’s Value

Although a majority of people in the US are interested in solar power and the solar industry, not everyone takes the time to switch. Many people do not want to go through the transition themselves. If they look for a new home, however, solar power is a feature they may keep in mind and that adds value to your home when selling it.

If you are planning on selling your home in the near future, you may not get the years of savings in your energy bill, but you will get a return on your investment when you are able to sell the house at a higher price because of the solar system.

Reduces Carbon Emissions

Solar power is a renewable and clean source of energy that does not lead to the release of carbon and other pollutants. It is better than fossil fuels, but it is also better than nuclear power in terms of environmental-friendliness.

Control Over Rising Energy Costs

The cost of electricity keeps rising, leaving homeowners anxious. There is nothing you can do to control your utility electricity rate, which has already risen by as much as 5 percent in recent years. When you have residential solar power, however, you will be back in charge of the expenses.

There are also ways to make the solar energy system pay you money. Solar incentives like solar energy renewable energy credits and net metering allow you to earn bill credits and even cash. You will have compensation for the energy your solar panels create.

Make This Year a Greener One

Adding a solar energy system to your home can help you help the planet while offering the kind of savings in electric energy that you need.

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