Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Panels
These days, it’s more important than ever before to find ways to reduce the energy footprint generated by your home. With rising energy costs continuing to skyrocket, more American homeowners are switching to solar energy than ever before.
According to the United States Department of Energy, the cost to install solar energy has dropped when compared to the expense of non-renewable energy sources. And as more businesses and homeowners take advantage of solar energy, those costs continue to drop. In fact, about a third of the 3 million American solar panel arrays have been installed in the past two years!
If you’ve been lamenting your energy costs and considering making a switch to clean, renewable solar energy, our exterior remodeling team at Budget Exteriors can help. In this post, we’re taking a closer look at some of the most frequently asked questions we get about solar panel installation and use.
Check out our FAQ list and then give us a call to learn more about solar panel installation for your Minnesota home!
How significant is the environmental impact of switching to solar?
The significant environmental impact of making the switch to solar energy is one of its biggest draws. Since solar energy is a clean energy that’s freely available from the sun, going solar means you’re reducing your household’s dependence on fossil fuels like natural gas.
And because fossil fuels emit greenhouse gases when they are produced, you’re also helping to ensure the ozone layer is protected. But the environmental benefits don’t end there.
An unfortunate byproduct of fossil fuel production is environmental pollution surrounding fossil fuel facilities. Solar energy, on the other hand, is completely safe, which means you’re supporting a healthier community when you use solar power.
How do solar panels work?
Solar panels work by collecting energy from solar radiation and creating an electric field. Once this field has been generated, an inverter converts the energy for use inside your home.
When your system generates more energy than you need, it flows into the power grid and is credited to your property. Solar panels can even work in winter since they don’t require direct sunlight.
How much money will solar panels save me?
Although the initial installation on solar panels can be an investment, over time, they will end up paying for themselves. How long it takes for your investment to pay off can vary depending on the initial array installation cost, your home size, and your household energy needs.
Some homeowners are able to take advantage of rebate incentives to help mitigate the cost of solar panel installation as well. On the average, solar panel installation can take around a decade to pay off, according to the solar energy consumer reviews site SolarReviews.
Do solar panels need to be cleaned?
Like anything else in your home, your solar panels will perform better with regular cleaning.
Use gentle cleaning products to avoid damaging your solar panels. You can learn more about how to clean solar panels here.
Will solar energy affect my home’s resale value?
The answer is yes, but for the better! According to Zillow, homes with solar power consistently boost sale prices, with the overall increase varying depending on the market location.
In some areas, Zillow reported the difference could pay off for up to 5.4 percent.
Learn More About Solar Panel Installation
Are you ready to make an investment in the future with clean, renewable solar energy? Give Budget Exteriors a call today at 952.887.1613 or contact us online for a free quote.