Life is full of hypotheticals. What if this and what if that. Whether it’s weighing outcomes or sitting in the doctor’s office or planning an event, all of life’s a guessing game and not knowing is the worst. That’s why we’ve written this post to tell you what exactly going solar looks like. Switching to solar power is not a small change, so stay tuned to find out what to expect when making the switch.
First of all, you should probably know how solar panels work. Long story short, the panels absorb photons from sunlight, creating an electric field that instigates electricity flow.
Now that that’s out of the way, although installing a solar system can be extremely advantageous, not everyone is eligible for the benefits that come with harnessing the power of the sun. Some homes actually aren’t suitable for solar energy. The climate is not so much the issue as your roof’s condition and the amount of shade that hits your home. Fortunately, roofs can be repaired and we just so happen to have a roofing service here at Firefly Solar! But if your home doesn’t get much sun, it likely won’t be a viable candidate for a solar system. The direction your roof faces and its slope also impact solar panels’ efficiency.
Furthermore, how much you save on your utility bills monthly directly correlates to your solar system’s output. Assuming you don’t have a battery, you can only use as much energy as your system produces. Any excess is taken from the grid and you will be billed for it by your utility provider. On the flip side, if there are net-metering policies in play, when your panels produce a surplus of energy, your utility provider will compensate you for it. Adding a battery to your system will give you energy independence. Meaning, when your panels don’t produce enough energy, you can use the energy stored in the battery so you don’t have to fall back on energy from your utility provider.
What about when the time comes for you to sell your home? Will having a solar array affect your home’s resale value? Yes and in a good way! Solar panels actually increase your home’s resale value! This is similar to a home with energy-efficient appliances. And now with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and people being home now more than ever, energy efficiency is an even bigger selling point.
Another good thing about solar panels is that they require virtually no maintenance. You may need to clean debris off of them occasionally and maybe every few years you’ll need to replace an inverter, but for the most part that’s it. Not to mention, most systems come with warranties lasting about 15 to 25 years.
Finally, you can expect to cut down on your carbon footprint and decrease climate change. Solar power is clean, renewable, and sustainable! Solar panels can even be recycled when they’ve reached the end of their lifespan.
Got more questions about what exactly it looks like to switch to solar? Firefly Solar is here to talk with you about all things solar. Reach out to us today.