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Solar Energy for Your Home Might Be More Affordable Than You Think

| 2/14/2013 2:09:00 PM

One of the most common excuses to not use renewable energy at home is that it costs too much. There is a misconception that only millionaires with giant, technology-filled houses can afford to equip their houses with the latest energy-saving technology. This could not be further from the truth. The reality is that, unless you have money to burn, you probably cannot afford NOT to take advantage of all of the ways to save money in your home. And if you could save money and the environment at the same time, why wouldn’t you?

One Simple Way to Save

Using solar energy is one of the easiest ways to save money and the environment in the comfort of your home. As the years go on, and more and more people own cars, it is getting increasingly important to turn to sustainable energy sources. Not only is solar energy renewable, but it does not increase gas emissions that are harmful to the earth’s atmosphere.

Cheap and Easy to Install

Because they are a new addition that will become a part of your house, many people believe that the hassle and cost of installing solar panels make it just not worth the trouble. However, installing solar panels is actually a relatively simple process. If you hire a professional company to take care of it for you, they will send someone out to check out the suitability of your house for solar panels. They will then send someone to install them, and hook them up to your heating/lighting, and monitors so that you can keep track of how much energy you are saving. The cost to install the panels varies according to what type of house you have, but it does not take long to make back the money that you spend.

Save Money in the Long Run

Here is where the real money-saving starts however. Once you have the solar panels installed, the good work really starts to kick in. Now that your home has solar panels, you will start to really notice the difference in how much you spend on energy each month. Not only this, but solar panels add a lot of value to a house, meaning that when it is time to sell, you will be able to bump up that asking price significantly.

It Doesn’t Have to be Solar Panels

If you are still put off by the thought of installing solar panels, there are still ways that you can make the most of solar energy. Standalone lights and wall lamps also come in solar form. They will charge during the day, and automatically turn on when it is dark. This kind of solar energy will cost you next to nothing - just the price of the light. This means that solar energy for your home is much more affordable than you may have ever realized. What was your excuse for not using solar energy again?

One company making strides in the affordable solar energy space is Vivint. They seem to have a great reputation.

2/15/2013 7:43:00 PM

I would go further: Another reason to convert is to stop being dependent upon someone else for your energy needs. Getting solar power OFF-GRID is the best way to go to save money and be self-sufficient. You may need the expertise of a professional to install solar panels and batteries to store extra energy in the beginning, but you will enjoy energy-independence from then on. Saving money and no longer depending upon public power/gas companies is FAR from wasteful posturing and worth every penny invested. Don't let your hatred of Al Gore deter you from making smart choices that benefit you and our environment.

Michelle Minto
2/15/2013 4:36:55 PM

I would go further: The only reason TO convert to solar is because it will save you money. If the expense is prohibitive it does not meet the bar of conservation and becomes simply wasteful posturing that does the exact opposite of what it claims... Al Gore comes to mind.

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