Solar is unreliable? Solar panels are inefficient? Think again!
Despite solar energy’s increasing popularity, there are still myths floating around that have invaded our society’s thinking in terms of alternative energy sources. As it is with most subjects, it can be confusing to separate fact from fiction. The only way to overcome these barriers is to dispel solar myths to better understand solar’s many benefits.
Myth: Solar only works during sunny days.
Fact: A residential solar installation provides energy year-round! While cloudy conditions can reduce the amount of energy produced, solar panels still work efficiently on cloudy days.
Myth: Solar only works in warmer climates.
Fact: Even cold climates get sufficient sunlight to make solar panels work, and work well. In fact, solar cells work more efficiently on cold sunny days than very hot sunny days.
Myth: It won’t make a difference to the environment.
Fact: Solar panels make a tremendous environmental impact. The average SunPower solar system’s environmental impact equates to removing 5,132 tons of waste from landfills, or allowing 176 new tree seedlings to perform their C02 harnessing magic for ten years!
Myth: Solar panels will damage my roof.
Fact: Solar panels will not damage your roof, and they can actually extend its life by shielding it from the elements! New York State Solar Farm also warrants against any roof damage, and our team of in house installers is known for their attention to detail and immaculate work.
Myth: Solar will devalue my home.
Fact: Solar INCREASES the value of your home! Having solar on your roof can raise your resale price and shorten your home’s time on the market. According to a study funded in part by the Department of Housing & Urban Development and the US Environmental Protection Agency, a home’s value increases by $20,000 for every $1,000.00 reduction in annual operating cost resulting from energy efficiency.
Myth: There are no financial benefits to going solar.
Fact: An investment in solar will result in a higher return than most other typical investments. In New York, customers can benefit from a 30% federal tax credit that can covers 30% of system costs, as well as a $5,000 state tax credit and NYSERDA grants. What’s more, you’ll drastically reduce your overall energy cost, especially as utility rates increase.
Clearly, there are still many misconceptions about solar energy, but remember, this one inescapable fact remains: sticking with your current energy supplier will never save you money, provide a return on investment, increase the value of your home, or likely make too positive of an environmental impact.
So what have you got to lose?
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