We know that your energy bill is skyrocketing, especially during these cold winter months. Don’t you wish there was a way to cultivate your own energy and save money? Well, there is a way! Solar energy is a great way to save money on your energy bill and keep the earth clean. It’s not just for big businesses either. Many homes across the country are deciding to switch to solar panel energy. We at A. Brooks Construction Kanga Roof think alternative energy is a great way to save the planet, and there are plenty of great reasons.
Even before we talk about the benefits to installing solar panels onto your home let’s discuss global warming. The earth is changing, and we have to make sure we take care of it. Global warming not only harms the planet we live on, but it also has the potential to cost trillions of dollars in damage. Solar energy is a way to create electricity without producing global warming pollutants. It even helps slow down the effects of global warming.
Before attempting to equip your home with solar panels there are a few things you should take into consideration. Where is your home located? If your home receives intermittent light, heavy shade or sun blockage then solar panels might not be right for you. Solar energy is beneficial to homes that receive regular, consistent sunlight throughout the day. You should also take the size of your roof into consideration. If your roof’s framing isn’t strong enough to hold a solar system properly, then you can’t reap the benefits of solar energy.
Installing solar panels on your home is costly, but there are plenty of benefits. When you install solar panels onto your home you will increase the value of your home by 3-4%. The average solar panel installation costs a little over $22,000 but there are tax incentives that will make the installation price tag a little less painful. In Pennsylvania, The Pennsylvania Sunshine Program offers rebates to residential and small commercial residents that install solar systems. Residential applicants must own the home they intend to install solar panels onto and use that home as their primary residence. Small businesses must be a for-profit entity located in Pennsylvania with no more than 100 full-time employees. Low-income Pennsylvania residents are eligible for even more incentives and could even receive multiple rebates.
The biggest benefit to installing solar panels onto your home are the savings you’re bound to receive. A solar electric system reduces and sometimes even eliminates your monthly utility bills. In 2011, research found that the average solar panel owner saves a little over $20,000 over the span of 20 years. Solar panels can even produce more electricity than what’s needed for your home. That extra energy will go back into the power grid and your electric company will reimburse you for the extra energy you produce!
Solar panels are also very durable. Even though it may cost a pretty penny to install, your solar panels will last a long time. They don’t need much maintenance once they’re installed and can last more than 25 years. One of the most important benefits to solar energy is your energy independence. When you install solar panels onto your home you’re depending on the rising and setting of the sun. This is an extremely consistent and reliable energy source and is guaranteed to provide you with energy independence. “Fuel” that your solar panels produce can’t be monopolized. Once you install solar panels onto your roof you’ve created an electricity source that is just for you!
We believe solar energy is a great way to save the planet and save you money. We installed solar panels at one time, and if you have any questions you can call us at 215-710-1633. We can even take a look at your roof and give you a 17 Point Inspection just to make sure if solar panels are right for you. Stop by our website and take a look around! There might be other roofing services you need before turning your home into a green energy paradise!