Are solar panels worth it for your home?
Here are some of the most popular questions answered
Will solar panels increase my home value?
In most all cases a properly designed PV (photovoltaic) solar system will add value to your home. However in some rare cases where the system is poorly designed, it is conceivable that a system could in fact lower the value of the home. This is why a properly designed solar panel system should always take into account not only the initial production desired but also longevity (is the equipment speced designed to last for the 25 year life of the system?). Most old tech inverters (string type) are only designed to last 10 years.
Another important value consideration that is often overlooked by the designer is that of aesthetics. Are the panels placed in a hodge podge manner or are the homes aesthetics taken into account?
Will solar panels save me money?
As a rule most PV solar systems will save you money. Savings come from a variety of sources. The first and easiest way to see this is by home much your electric bill is lowered, immediately. This of course is often balanced by a loan payment that was used to finance the system.
Current Utility Cost Sample
Utility Savings After Solar (1 year)
The second major savings comes from the 26% Federal Tax credit. In a typical system, this can be a $6-10,000 federal tax credit.
26% Federal Tax Credit Example
The third savings which is always the largest and yet toughest to see, is the accumulated savings over time due to the system offsetting continuously increases power costs. While a customer may be offsetting a $250 average bill in month 1, by year 10 that same bill may easily be $460, and a stunning $1,270 in year 25. A $25,000 PV system at todays cost can save a consumer more than $200,000 in lifetime electric bills over 25 years.
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Are solar panels worth it? The answer is simple, you will save a considerable amount on your electricity bill and increase the value of your home.