Solar Energy: Cut Your Energy Costs Now
Oil prices are rising again, and electricity prices will soon follow. Over the last 15 years, the solar energy industry has made tremendous advances in technology in producing solar energy.
With the price of electricity rising and the price of solar energy systems coming down, now is the time to learn the facts about solar power.
Is Solar Energy Truly Affordable?
Yes, because of government incentives and rebates. The federal, state and local governments are now giving large rebates to home owners. Based on your location, you may be incentivied 33% – 60% of the price of your solar energy system. With financing available through many solar energy resellers (as well as home equity loans) many will be able to reduce monthly utility bills by more than the system costs.
Will the Power Companies Buy Extra Electricity from Us?
Yes, the power companies will “buy” your excess electricity as it is produced. If your solar power system produces more electricity than your house is using at that moment, the surplus electric flows back into the power grid, and your power meter will actually rotate backwards! If you are away from your home, and are not consuming the electric produced, the extra electricity can automatically flow back earning you money.
Are Professional Installers Available for Solar Energy Systems?
Absolutely. In fact, because you are interfacing with the electric system of your house, it is strongly suggested that an experienced licensed electrician install the system for you. Most solar power installation companies have electricians to handle this.
What is Required to Get a Solar Power System?
In general, you should have a house with exposure to the south, southwest or southeast. You will want it as unobstructed as possible. Having your home in the southern US has advantages, but home owners in the north also benefit greatly from solar energy. Before you make a purchase, most reputable solar energy companies send an engineer to inspect your home, property and landscape to determine whether solar power is appropriate and what sort of savings you can see.
Is Solar Energy Really Good for the Environment?
Yes. While electricity is clean, the oil required to produce the electricity is not. By harnassing the energy of the sun, you are truly able to produce your own electricity with no impact on the environment. This reduces pollutants in the air, reduces our demand on foreign oil, and helps to lower the overall cost structure of power in this country.
Does the Fed Really Support Solar Energy?
Yes. There are federal, state and local programs designed to encourage house owners to switch to solar energy (as well as other green energies). Washington knows that our dependency on foreign oil cannot continue, and our dependency on them is bad for our country as well as our ecology. By offering financial assistance for people to convert to solar power, the government is making an investment in you, to help resolve the energy crisis. In the coming years, millions can switch to solar energy, drastically reducing tax our dependency on foreign oil.
What Does a Solar Energy System Cost?
This varies based on the amount of energy you need to produce. Obviously the larger the system, the more energy you can make. Solar Energy Systems can vary from $10,000-$30,000 or more based on your needs. If a solar energy system costs $20,000 and the government pays 65%, the cost to you is $7,000. depending on how you finance it, this may cost you approximately $50-$75 per month. Many will save more than this in their first month on their electric bill. The exact savings will be based upon the price of the system you choose, the tax incentives, and the amount you pay today for electricity.
For more information, we encourage you to see our website at http://WWW.SaveWithSolar.org