Solar Panels for Home

Installing Solar Panels for Home

Are you one of the many homeowners that are considering installing solar panels for home energy efficiency? Each homeowner that looks into renewable energy, does so for his or her own reasons. In most cases, people choose solar power for more than one singular reason. Generally speaking, the most common benefits that people seek are cost-savings and using an environmentally-friendly energy source. However, there are plenty of other solar advantages to be aware of.

Cost Savings With Solar

Depending on the size of the solar system you choose to install, you can save enough to either offset most of your electrical bill or even eliminate it altogether. The average American household uses 920 kWh per month.

Residential Solar Panels Can Increase Property Value

According to studies performed by the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, installing a home solar energy system can add significant value to your home. The studies show that adding a solar system increases a home’s resale value by an average of $4.00 per watt and, depending on the location of the home, it has been reported to be as high as $6.40 per watt. In other words, a 4.2kW system can add $16,800 to your home’s valuation. Studies have also shown that homes with solar energy are found to sell 15% faster than comparable properties homes that do not have a solar install solar.

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Financing for Solar

The size of system, and therefore, the associated costs, can vary greatly depending on several factors. Everything from the amount of power consumption, battery backup capabilities, and even the regulations of local and state governments impacts the total costs. To help alleviate the upfront financial commitment, we have partnered with several financial institutions. Call us to find out more regarding the availability of financing options.


During power outages and other natural or mechanical disasters, a home solar system with battery backup offers you the ability to sustain your home on solar alone without having to rely on the local power company to provide electricity for heat, light, water, and other basic necessities or even luxuries.

Reduced Carbon Footprint

Solar reduces your carbon footprint as well. The average American household generates 7.4 tons of carbon dioxide per year through electrical use. While the science is still highly debated, many studies show that Carbon dioxide leads to climate change or global warming. Regardless of what the debated amount of impact has, what we do know is that adding solar power to your home can help conserve other natural resources and preserve the earth’s more natural state.

Facts For Residential Solar

Quick and interesting facts related to solar energy. For more terms and explanations, consult our solar glossary.

One kilowatt-hour (kWh) equals the amount of electricity needed to burn a 100 watt light bulb for 10 hours.
A sunny location (like Los Angeles, California, US) receives an average of 5.5 hours of sunlight per day each year.
One kilowatt equals 1,000 watts.
A cloudy location (like Hamburg, Germany) receives 2.5 hours per day of sunlight each year.
A 1 kilowatt peak solar system generates around 1,600 kilowatt hours per year in a sunny climate and about 750 kilowatt hours per year in a cloudy climate.
A solar energy system can provide electricity 24 hours a day when the solar electric modules are combined with batteries in one integrated energy system.
Solar modules produce electricity even on cloudy days, usually around 10-20% of the amount produced on sunny days.
The typical components of a solar home system include the solar module, an inverter, a battery, a charge controller (sometimes known as a regulator), wiring, and support structure.
A typical silicon cell solar module will have a life in excess of 25 years
Monthly average residential consumption of electricity in the US in 2008 was 920 kilowatt hours. (Source: US DOE)
Monthly average residential electricity bill in the US in 2008 was $103.67. (Source: US DOE)
Solar power can significantly reduce high electric bills, perhaps even to zero.
Solar power uses the sun, which is a renewable and clean source of energy, and the sun is in endless supply. Once you know the facts regarding solar power, you will be ready to jump in with both feet.
While electric company rates continue to rise, solar panels are at an all-time low price, and zero down solar power is now available. Solar panels produce electricity during the day. Yet, home solar panel systems have the ability to store power to batteries for night use. You can also opt to stay connected to the power company to receive your night power. If you produce too much electricity then the electric company pays for the excess, in the form of a credit. This is called net-metering. Your already small electric bill shrinks even more.
Solar panels are quiet, have no moving parts, and require no maintenance. Furthermore, solar panels can create power on cloudy days. In addition, your home solar system can grow as your needs grow; you simply add more solar panels to the system. There is no fuel transmission costs associated with solar power. The solar panels on your roof generate the power for your home. If you live in a remote area you can even use solar power for all your power needs.

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