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Why Do You Want Solar Panels?

There are many reasons people choose solar panels for their home. For some, it’s an easy decision, while others need to run the numbers before they realize what a good investment solar really is (for the environment and for their wallets!) Here are some common reasons people choose solar power. Which one best describes you?

1. To be eco-conscious - For the environmentally conscious, solar panels aren’t a matter of “if,” it’s simply a matter of “when.” And the time truly is now. It’s true that solar panel technology keeps improving, but your return on investment for the environment is still substantial. Even considering the carbon emissions that result from the manufacture of solar panels, they are still, on average 20 times better for the environment than coal, reports say.

2. For the money savings - Solar panels quickly pay for themselves and can result in savings of 50 percent or much more on your energy bills. (To get a better idea of your savings based on where you live, the placement of the solar panels and your energy use you are welcome to print out a free personalized report.) With the incentives available in many states, a solar PV installation might cost homeowners very little, so you’ll realize savings right away. Solar leasing, often with no money down, is also an option to help you save money with solar energy. Have no doubts — a solar PV installation will cut your electric bills substantially.

3. Because it’s “the thing” to do - When it comes down to it, solar panels are like many other home improvements. (Although few home improvements are good for the environment or yield such a fast return on your investment!) People who are attuned to such things often see solar panels cropping up in neighborhoods like minivans did in the 1990s, or vinyl siding in the 80s… What the neighbors have, we often want. And that’s okay. Solar — unlike a new in-ground swimming pool filled with salt water or a monster SUV with third-row seating — will prove to be a good investment for your home for years to come.

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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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  1. With leases of 25 years these are going to be a bit more than ‘the thing to do’, great blog and eco-aware can keep us self sufficient for a bit longer. Most of our clients even gain money back in winter..