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Real Goods Solar Busts Solar Energy Myths

myths about solar energy #solarchatSolar Myth #1: There aren’t many myths or misconceptions about solar energy. By now, everyone understands the real benefits of going solar.

Truth: If only this were true! Real Goods Solar recently identified 87 solar myths (not counting the one above!) that affect consumers’ decision-making processes when they are considering going solar.

That’s right. They found 87 myths about a technology that is a solid investment in your home and in the future of our planet. Eighty-seven myths about an affordable, easy, low-maintenance solution to high electric bills. Eighty-seven aspects of solar energy that people just do not understand. Some of these myths are actually “beliefs” about solar that turn out to be true. For instance, #23: “My utility will pay me for putting solar energy in to the grid.” That is 100 percent correct, and you can learn more about it in this post about your electric meter spinning backward.

So, what sort of myths are prevalent, you ask? Myths about financing. Myths about the effectiveness of solar panels. Myths about the cost. Some people believe solar panels will raise your homeowners’ insurance, you have to cut down all the trees in your yard to enjoy their benefits (now, how environmentally friendly would that be?), and that solar will even increase your property taxes. (These myths are all “busted” in the report, which you can read here: 87 Myths About Solar Power.

The fact is, there are so many myths and misconceptions about solar energy, it often scares people away. But it’s the job of organizations like EcoOutfitters, solar installers across the country, and the solar industry as a whole, to shed light (so to speak) on the truth about solar energy.

At EcoOutfitters, when we read things like this report, it only makes us more determined to fulfill our mission: to simplify and amplify the truth about solar. We do this by providing information to help consumers make informed buying decisions about solar panels and renewable energy, and connecting solar-curious consumers with the right solar installers that can make their dreams of clean, free electric power come true.

If you want to dive even deeper in to these myths, or just learn more about solar in general, you can tune in Wednesday at 2 PM EST for our #SolarChat, a Twitter based discussion where industry members, including our guest panelists Paul Bakhoum (@ecoSolargy), vice president of operations of ecoSolargy and Sarah Darapondeth (“Sarah Dara” – @SolarSarahDara), an ecoSolargy account manager, and  Kate Bayard, director of marketing for SolarDock (@solardock) debunk many of the most prevalent solar myths.

For those new to Twitter, a hashtag (#) is an easy way to find and follow people who are tweeting about a certain topic. #SolarChat has a simple mission: Curious consumers, energy experts, and installation professionals can tune into Twitter at the designated chat time to share advice and resources, weigh in on discussion topics, pose questions or concerns, and work together to advance solar awareness.

Whether you’re already a solar homeowner or you are solar-curious, come by so you can learn the truth about solar and ask questions about solar myths you may have heard. Find out more and/or register now.

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A full-time freelance writer, Dawn frequently covers energy efficiency, green living, and topics like LED lighting and whole home control systems for a number of blogs and technology trade magazines. Dawn is proud to live in New York as the state vies to beat out New Jersey as the East coast top dog of solar energy and is waiting for the Solar Renewable Energy Certificate legislation to pass before installing solar panels on her Long Island home.

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