The sun is high and bright in the sky. Did you know the sun can save you money? Once considered expensive and desired only by the most committed environmentalists, rooftop solar is gaining popularity among value-conscious home owners.
Today, 1.3 million homes and businesses have solar systems, and solar is the top source for new electric generating capacity in the U.S.
The cost of solar panel systems has decreased dramatically. Tax incentives and Energy-Efficient Mortgages help make investing in solar more attractive financially.
As a result, homebuyers are adding solar to their new home wish list and appraisers are incorporating the value of green features into their appraisals. This means that installing solar panels will not only help you save on your electric bill now, but it may make your home more marketable when you are ready to sell.
And, if you don’t like the look of traditional solar arrays, solar-powered rooftop shingles that blend seamlessly into your existing roof are a great option.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping solar for your home:
- Calculate how much energy your household uses now – and will use in the future.
- You will still receive a bill from your power company. Even the most energy-efficient homes will still draw energy from the grid at various times during the year.
- Check out the incentives, tax credits, and grant programs available at www.dsireusa.org. Your installer will be knowledgeable on incentives as well.
- Protect your solar power investment. Be sure to learn about warranty coverage both by the panel manufacturer and the panel installer. Be sure to tell your home insurance provider about your new system as well. It is important to understand who is responsible for the various components of the system.
Once you have made the decision to go with solar, find an installer who is a member of the Home Builders Association of Greenville by visiting HBAofGreenville.com. You also can visit with solar installers by attending the Southern Home and Garden Show September 20-22 at the Greenville Convention Center. Visit SouthernHomeandGardenShow.com to see a list of exhibitors.