If you are reading this article you might be considering switching over to solar energy. With all the problems associated with major electric companies this may seem like an easy decision for that reason alone. However, there are plenty of reasons homeowners decide to go solar whether it is for reducing energy costs or improving the environment. This article will detail the benefits you can reap from solar energy, including some you may have never heard of.
1. Dramatically reduce or eliminate your electric bills
Electricity prices have gone up 100% in the last few years far outpacing inflation. Californians pay $170 on average for electricity per month. Solar savings depend on a couple of things, including the amount of sun exposure and the rate per kilowatt payed to your current electric company. Living in California there is optimal sunshine and some of the highest prices per kilowatt making the savings huge.
2. Protect against rising energy costs
Energy rates are constantly increasing and will only continue to rise as global warming worsens. By using solar you are able to get a fixed energy rate that will not increase. This will save you even more than just comparing it to rising electricity prices, as the dollar also inflates. If you are a business or homeowner with a fluctuating cash flow, going solar will help you better forecast and manage your expenses.
3. Increase your property value
Studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher property values and sell faster than homes without solar. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar into consideration as they set the value for a home. Homebuyers are also becoming more aware of the value of solar and as people continue to get more educated demand will continue to grow.
4. Create jobs and help your local economy
The Solar Foundation states that the solar industry adds jobs much quicker than the overall U.S. economy. Many people on our team are graduating from college or in their final year. This industry is a great industry for recent students to begin flourishing careers. With money being funneled into green energy by the federal government, this industry is expected to grow at even faster rates. Additionally, solar jobs are higher paying and cannot be outsourced which means they significantly contribute to the U.S economy.
5. Protect the environment
Going with solar is an incredibly easy way to reduce your carbon footprint. Most people say that they believe in sustainability but find it hard to implement into their daily lives. With Amazon, the reliance on cars, and the difficulty in finding sustainable products, it is truly difficult to find easy ways to slow global warming. The process you would be involved in to get solar would only take you a couple hours and the benefits are huge. A typical solar system will eliminate 3 – 4 tons of carbon emissions each year. That is equivalent to planting over 100 trees annually!
6. Boost U.S. energy independence
Using the sun is a major component in achieving energy independence in the United States. The sun is a free, extremely powerful resource and now that technology is available to harvest its power, it makes no sense not to use it. Increasing our capacity to generate energy will insulate the U.S. from the inflation of global markets.
7. Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
A society is only as good as the members involved. Whether you are a homeowner or a business, showing you care will inspire others.