You know solar is one of the best decisions you’ll make for your home, pocketbook and environmental conscious, right? So what’s stopping you?
Maybe you’ve been deluded by some of the most common misconceptions of solar installation — the ones that spread fear and paranoia. But theres no need to worry anymore — we’re here to set the facts once and for all.
Myth: I’ll go broke if I get solar
The average cost of a good photovoltaic system is about $44,000, but the truth is you don’t have to be the one who actually pays for all of it — or any of it for that matter.
For one thing, there are some excellent state and federal tax incentives that cut up to 65% off the cost of a system. And let’s not forget the lease option, which gets you up and running with solar without any up-front costs. You can even purchase the system after after six years or at the end of your lease term.
Myth: If I wait long enough, the technology will only get better
That’s might very well be true in theory — but you’ll outspend yourself on traditional electricity much quicker than the difference of what you think you’ll save by waiting.
Of course, there are teams of engineers working around the clock to optimize solar cell efficiency, but the results are more scientifically sound than they are economically viable.
The bottom line: go solar and the math will always be in your favor.
Myth: Solar won’t work where it’s cold, snowy or cloudy
You can’t really blame poor solar on the weather. Sure — living somewhere with less sun will yield less solar energy, but you’ll get more than enough to power your home provided those UV rays are hitting your panels.
Let’s push this point even further. Many sun-soaked states like Nevada, Arizona and Florida have poor solar infrastructure and incentives, whereas an unlikely, seasonal state like Massachusetts is leading the solar revolution in the U.S. Northeast.
Myth: I’ll have to reduce my household energy consumption
No, going solar will not force you drink warm beer in the dark, unless of course you actually enjoy doing that.
The sun’s power is abundant and generous, and unlike your average utility company — it’s not going to nickel and dime you should crank up your fridge to the coldest setting and blare all the lights. In fact, whatever reduction of household energy consumption you make should be a conscientious decision, not an act of paranoia.
Myth: If I sell my home, I’ll lose my investment
Wrong-o. In fact, the minute you intall a solar system on your home, it automatically jumps in market value. How much exactly? Home appraisers will rate it between 15-20 times the annual savings on your electric bill. That’s huge!
If you’re leasing a system, you just pass the lease payments to the new owner.
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