Solar 101: Why Go Solar?
You may have heard that solar power is just for the affluent or environmentalists. However, most people who go solar do it for financial reasons. Where the average solar buyer falls on the social-economical and political spectrum is actually quite neutral. Solar is achievable for a lot of people, especially with rebates and tax incentives made available to everyone, including those who fall under the low-to-moderate income brackets. There are also solar loan options for those who chose to finance their system and they still pay less than their old electric bill each month.
When we asked our solar customers why they decided to make the switch, most of their answers fell under three main categories: to save money, reduce their carbon footprint, and declare energy independence. These three reasons are a constant trend in why we see people going solar.
Saving money is one of the top reasons we hear as to why a customer is looking to go solar. The two ways to go solar, financially, are to purchase the system upfront or to get a loan. When you purchase the system upfront you will have a very low utility bill to pay for, that is generally just the hook up fee from the electric company. When you decide to use a solar loan, you will have a monthly payment plus a very low utility bill, which again should just be the hook up fee. Even when you combine the monthly loan payment and low utility bill, if you decide to finance your system, it is still lower than your current monthly utility bill. Therefore, you are saving money either way!
Reducing your carbon footprint is another common answer as to why a customer has decided to go solar. Using clean solar energy to power your home is a great way to do this. Instead of relying on fossil fuels you can power your home with the clean energy from the sun that is completely free for your solar panels to absorb!
The last common answer we get from a customer, when asked why they want to go solar, is that they want to declare their energy independence. While most systems are still tied to the grid, you are producing your own power and even selling power back to the grid when you create excess. This allows you to claim your energy independence while only relying on the grid when absolutely necessary!