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Everyone can play a role to play in combating climate change. Whether driving an electric car or going solar with a home energy system, we can make consumer choices that have a positive impact on the future health of our planet. New green technologies offer increasingly affordable solutions to dirty energy problems that so many people face. Solar energy is currently the most popular way for home-owners to save huge while generating green energy for their homes. If you haven’t gone solar yet, now is the time to start weighing the pros and cons of solar energy to see if it’s right for you.

PROS

Lower Utility Bills

The main reason most people go solar isn’t to necessarily better the planet, it’s to save money. If you can keep utility costs down while generating energy that is better for the Earth that’s a win-win! Solar energy systems typically have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years. By going solar you reap the benefits for decades to come. With energy costs rising across the country, taking control of your energy costs is the smart way to seize control of your utility costs.

Increase Home Value

In addition to saving money by lowering utility bills, going solar will increase the value of your home. Going solar isn’t just about saving money immediately, though there certainly is that benefit. It’s about creating a dynamic benefit that pays off in more ways than one. Solar energy systems are a long-term investment in your home and family. It’s a simple solution to provide cheaper, reliable energy to your family while growing the equity in your home.

Reduce Carbon Footprint

You too can contribute to the cause of leaving a cleaner, greener world for future generations. Going solar leads to a dramatic reduction in the amount of waste create and fossil fuels burned. Quality solar panels last for upwards of 30 years, meaning your investment in solar will pay dividends for decades to come. By making the United State less reliant on fossil fuels it gives us more freedom as a country to make decisions that take the environment into account.

CONS

Not for Every House

It’s not your fault, it’s your roof! Getting a solar energy system typically requires mounting large solar panels (known as “racking”) across your roof. Certain roofs can be difficult to mount panels on due to the type of roofing materials. Others have skylights or decks that present different barriers to installation. Additionally the position of your home affects its ability to generate energy. Surrounding trees, the resting angle, and the space available for panels all need to be taken into account. Some people have invested in ground-mounted solar panels to circumvent roofing issues, but roof-mounted panels are still the preferred method of installation.

Not for Movers

The financial benefits of owning a solar energy system are not immediate. The average length of time to recoup an investment when going solar is seven and a half years. If you are planning on moving in the near future than going solar might not be the most ideal solution depending on the financials.

 Not for Every State

The biggest benefit of going solar is the reduced utility costs. If you aren’t running a high utility bill in the first place, then the benefits from going solar won’t be as high in return. In States like California or Hawaii where homeowners pay double (or more) the average electric rate, solar is an attractive solution to a common problem. In Louisiana, where the cost of electricity is far lower than the national average, the savings will be considerably less.

CONCLUSION

Solar energy isn’t a recent fad, it’s a clear sign of the growing trend to utilize technology to improve our lives and save our planet. If you are in a State with lots of sunshine, have the right roof, and don’t plan on moving soon there is almost no reason why you shouldn’t be exploring solar as an energy solution.

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