How Solar Panels Can Help the Environment and Your Wallet7 min read

The world is slowly but surely transitioning to solar energy. Will you embrace and adapt with the change?

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There has been a lot of talk about how we can help the planet and reduce the risks of climate change, and it can be a daunting topic to think about. Luckily, there are many ways that every person can do their part to reduce energy dependence and create a cleaner environment. Installing solar panels is one of those solutions. By using this alternative form of energy, you can help the planet while saving money. The process is easy and straightforward. Here, the Fresh Life Advice blog highlights the many benefits of solar, discusses if it’s the right option for you, and offers some simple tips on getting started.

Help the Environment

When it comes to doing our part to help the environment, going solar in your home or workplace can make a big impact. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, solar panels produce clean energy that does not produce harmful air pollution or greenhouse gasses. This is especially important for large factories that use hundreds of panels instead of standard electricity, but on an individual residence, it can also make a positive impact.

Solar panels also reduce the wasteful resources necessary to create the electricity that powers our homes. Solar panels are a type of renewable energy source that can help reduce the use of fossil fuels and water. Massive amounts of fossil fuels and thousands of gallons of water are required to generate regular electricity. Meanwhile, solar panels rely on sunlight to generate electricity, and they can be used to power homes, businesses, and even automobiles.

In addition to being renewable, solar energy is also very efficient. Solar panels can produce up to 50 times more electricity than traditional fossil fuel-powered generators. And because they don’t rely on water to operate, solar panels can help reduce the strain on our water resources. In many parts of the world, solar panels are already playing a vital role in reducing the use of fossil fuels and water. As more people turn to solar energy, we can expect these benefits to increase.

As mentioned, the way to really make an impact on our environment is to band together to help, and with solar panels, you are essentially creating an advertisement out of your home. Neighbors will be inclined to ask about the benefits of having panels installed and they may decide to buy them as well, so you are doing your part to spread the message and the environment will be better because of it.

Cost Savings

While some people may be satisfied by just knowing that they are making a positive impact on the world, the cost savings associated with solar panels is the cherry on the cake. Electric bills can be one of the most costly utilities, especially during the hottest and coldest months. According to Move.org, the average electricity bill is over $110. Luckily, solar panels can reduce that cost.

According to 2021 estimates, solar panels can save the average homeowner about $1,500 per year in energy costs, depending on your location, the amount of sun on your roof, and how much electricity you use daily. Keep in mind that you may still get a monthly bill from the electric company to keep you on the grid in case of an emergency, but it will likely be minimal.

The cost for a solar panel can vary, and the average home needs about 16 panels, so you can expect to pay anywhere from $105 to $1,500 per panel. Bear in mind the cost of the panel is based on the number of watts per panel.

Solar Panel House
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If you are interested in installing panels, you can get a great start by looking into the Energy Efficient Mortgage Loan program, which helps families lower their utility bills when they implement energy efficiency into their homes, which includes solar panels. This is a great program for brand-new homes or existing properties as the cost of these improvements is incorporated into your mortgage and it translates to great savings.

You can also use Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to make your home 100% renewably powered, solar included. RECs are certificates that represent the environmental benefits of renewable energy generation. By selling RECs, solar panel owners can receive payments for the environmental benefits their solar panels provide. In addition, some utility companies offer rebates or other incentives for solar panel owners who sell RECs. As a result, taking advantage of RECs can be a great way to reduce the cost of solar panels and encourage more people to switch to renewable energy. And, of course, it’s a great way to contribute to the earth’s well-being as it reduces your greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint.

The Process

Keep in mind that your home may need to meet certain requirements in order to qualify for solar. For instance, your roof will need to be in good condition as the panels are heavy and need solid support. You’ll also need enough space as the average size of the collection of panels on a roof measures about 400 to 600 square feet. Finally, the best roofs are covered with standard shingles. Slate roofs tend to break, so consider that as well.

If all conditions are met, then the initial installation process is a snap and should only take a few hours. After the panels are installed, a representative from the power company will come out to inspect the system and provide a unique meter. You should see solar power generated for your home within a month from there.

Maintenance

Most solar panels come with a 20- to 25-year warranty, but that doesn’t mean they’ll last that long without proper maintenance. In order to keep your panels running at peak efficiency, it’s important to have them inspected regularly by a qualified technician. While you can do some basic cleaning and troubleshooting yourself, it’s best to leave the more technical aspects of panel maintenance to the professionals.

So, how do you go about getting your solar panels inspected by the power company? The first step is to contact your local utility company and ask if they offer this service. If not, there are a number of private companies that specialize in solar panel maintenance. Once you’ve found a company you’re comfortable with, schedule an appointment for them to come out and take a look at your panels. Be sure to give them a thorough cleaning before they arrive so they can get an accurate reading of your system’s performance. With a little bit of care and attention, your solar panels will continue to provide clean, renewable energy for years to come.

With most kinks worked out and the benefits and cost of installation now clear, this is the best time to invest in solar panels. Consider the tips and perks above and you’ll be on your way to clean energy.

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