Top Benefits of Going Solar in Nashville
The U.S. solar market has grown tremendously over time and a new project was installed every two minutes in 2015. Never before has solar power been this available to American households. Why are so many home and property owners choosing to go solar? There are many perks to making the leap into sun-powered homes, and here are five of them.
1. Save Thousands of Dollars
Anytime you are saving dough, is a good time. According to One Block Off the Grid, adding solar panels to your home saves you well above $100 a month. Consider the long-term benefits over 20 years, and those savings add up to more than $30,000. Think of what you could do with that money. Family vacations every year? Paying off your mortgage earlier than anticipated? How about both?
2. Start Saving from Day 1
There are numerous funding programs that makes sun power an option for most homeowners. There are programs that even make solar a reality for little to no money down (solar purchasing power agreements). There are homeowners who option to finance their solar panels with options that allow them to pay as they go. The solar company owns the system, and handles installation, care and upkeep (and all repairs as they arise), and the homeowner pays the solar provider for the consumed electricity, which ends up being far less than you would pay a utility company. The most recommended option is to take out a home equity loan, refinance, or second mortgage in order to pay cash for even more long-term savings.
3. Increase the Value of Your Home
One of the carrots homebuyers are drawn to is energy efficiency—which is thought to be as valuable an asset as location (near good school districts) and lower property taxes.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released research supporting that homes with solar panels sell 20% faster and for 17% more money. U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that the sales price of the average home after adding solar panels increased $17,000.
4. Save the Environment
Research confirms that our nation places second to China in annual carbon dioxide emissions at 17.9%. You can become a caped crusader in lowering your carbon footprint by replacing utility power with clean electricity from solar panels. The average residential solar system offsets right around 100,000 pounds of carbon dioxide over the course of two decades, which equates to driving a car 100,000 miles.
5. Create Energy Independence
Whenever we depend on over seas entities, we risk our independence, and national security, and, ultimately, our economy suffers (considering the alternative of being self sufficient). There is no fear of running out of sunlight, unlike the very real risks of running out of oil, coal, and natural gas. Going solar puts you in the driver seat of reducing our nation’s dependence on over seas energy, while tightening up our national security.
Going solar has never been easier with the team at Arrow Roofing and Solar guiding you. To see how much you can save, and for all other solar questions, reach out to us . . . we would love to assist in making solar power—and all of its benefits—a reality for you.