3 pros of solar energy
Going solar provides a ton of benefits for homeowners and the environment. We could go on for a few pages (solar is kind of our thing), but to get started, here are three key solar energy pros that you should know about:
1. Lower electricity costs
Let’s start with the obvious: saving money on power is one of the most popular solar panel benefits. Whether you choose a solar lease, loan, Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), or purchase the solar panels outright, you can see long-term energy savings from going solar.
2. Smaller carbon footprint
It’s no secret that solar power significantly helps reduce carbon emissions. In 2016, the United States installed 14,626 megawatts of solar. That’s like preventing carbon dioxide emissions from one million gallons of gasoline, or 10 million pounds of burned coal, from entering the atmosphere. If you already have solar and want to feel heroic about all of the gross pollution you’ve prevented, try this energy tool from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
3. Higher home value
Another solar energy advantage: purchasing solar panels may increase the value of your home. And bonus, it’s easier (and cheaper) than installing a moat or doomsday capsule. Research from a 2015 Lawrence Berkeley National Lab report found that homeowners in California who owned solar panels sold their home for more than comparable homes without solar (they looked at roughly 22,000 homes and about 4,000 had solar). The average increase in sale price was about $15,000 for a typical 3.6 kilowatt system.
We’d be happy to tell you about the dozens of other benefits of solar. We’d also be happy to give you a free quote. If you’re interested in either of those things, or simply want to brainstorm ways to spend all the money you could save, call us at 1-877-404-4129.
How to Go Solar
Vivint Solar makes renewable energy a simple and affordable alternative. We take care of everything from solar system design, to paperwork and permitting, to installation and maintenance.