Top 10 Solar Panel Benefits
If you’re considering installing solar panels on your home, you’ve probably already heard a lot of solar power marketing jargon, such as ridiculous ads promising free solar panels or a knock at your door from pushy solar salesmen ready to make that sale. To make the right decision for your home, you need to know the real advantages of solar power.
With 50 years of experience, Option One Solar knows that there are many different factors to decide on before going solar. We’ve put together a quick selection of the best reasons you should go solar to help you cut through the nonsense.
1. Solar Power Is 10x Cheaper Than Electric Bills!
Did you know that going solar can reduce or even eliminate your electric bills! By installing solar, you will be generating free power for your residential or commercial property, allowing you to save money on electric and utility bills. This helps you become less reliant on your electrical utility company as well.
Solar energy systems cost 15k on average, while electric bills can go as high as 200k for the same energy!
2. Solar Panel System Is A Predictable Low Cost For 25 Years
A solar panel system typically has a 25-35 year lifespan, or longer with proper maintenance. This means that you can lock in electricity costs for at least a quarter-century by going solar. You can get a customized estimate of your long-term electricity bill savings and review personalized projections for up-front cost and 25-year solar savings by simply giving us a call.
With solar power, your costs will not go higher than the cost of the system. You might end up paying over 200k for 25 years of electricity bills, or more. Utility companies constantly increase their rates, going as high as 14% in one year! After the solar panel system is paid for, the energy is free!
3. Solar Panel System Adds Value To Your Home
Another Solar panel benefit is that it adds value to your home and becomes an asset. Electric bills will always be a liability, and never add value to your home.
Instead of spending money on bills, invest money in your home while adding value to your property. Why give away hard-earned money when you can invest in your home and reap the benefits yourself?
4. Increase Your Home Equity With Solar
Based on National Real Estate data homes with solar panels sell for up to 15% higher than standard homes, and they sell faster. Eventually, all homes in California will require solar energy, so you can put your home ahead of the market.
If you just installed solar yesterday and decided to sell your home today, the panels would have already paid for themselves and more. Considering average prices for homes in today’s market, solar can increase your home’s value by up to 60k with only a 15k investment!
5. Energy Independence From Your Electrical Utility
Many California residents face anxiety when it comes to paying electricity bills because they cannot control utility electricity rates. The cost of solar has decreased by more than 70% in the past decade, meanwhile, the cost of electricity has risen by up to 10% each year.
These trends in rising electric costs are expected to continue for many years. Going solar gives you independence when it comes to energy generation.
For-profit utilities are quickly adapting to the rising adoption of renewable energy while the U.S. government is quickly increasing its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. This means this is the best possible time to start generating your own energy and pay yourself.
6. Financial Benefits of Solar Energy – Own Your Panels
The biggest problems homeowners have with solar these days are related to solar leases. With a solar lease, you don’t technically own your panels, and you can take advantage of some of the great incentives from the U.S. government.
Option One does not believe that solar leases are in the best interest of our customers. We offer great solar financing with rates as low as 2.99% and terms up to 25 years. We can help you go solar as soon as you would like with $0 down and zero out-of-pocket financing.
7. 25-Year Solar Warranty
Solar panels all come with manufacturer warranties. Option One Solar also provides top-of-the-line solar equipment that all comes with 25-year warranties.
In addition to the manufacturer’s warranty, every system we install comes with our industry-leading 25-year “bumper-to-bumper” warranty, so you can have absolute peace of mind that your system will keep working regardless of any issues.
8. Solar Panel System Does Not Require Frequently Maintenance
Solar panel systems typically require very little maintenance to keep performing at top capacity. While some dust may accumulate on the panels themselves, this dust has very little impact on the panel’s ability to generate electricity.
Usually, the regular rainfall we get in California is more than enough to keep your panels clean, unless you live in a very dry area, you may simply use water and rain off the dust every 3 months. Also, there are professional cleaning services that don’t cost very much.
Here is the Solar Panel Cleaning Guide from REC Solar Panel, One of the industry’s top-tier solar panels.
9. Solar Panel Installation Boosts The Local Job Market
The expanding solar industry provides more employment opportunities, particularly in regions where there is a high demand for solar energy like Southern California. Installing solar panels on your roof provides you with a clean energy source while simultaneously creating job opportunities for your local economy.
10. Solar Panel Benefits to The Environment
Another great benefit that makes solar energy worthwhile is that it helps to reduce the carbon footprint and dependence on fossil fuels. Solar energy is the cleanest form of energy, actively reducing pollution around the world.
Unlike fossil fuels, solar power production does not contaminate the air or contribute to global warming by releasing harmful gases into the atmosphere. It also helps keep the air we breathe clean, which is becoming more difficult in California. In simple terms, it is the best energy for the environment.
Are you ready to reap all these benefits? Call us to get a free energy assessment and find out how much you can save!