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Solar Panel Benefits

Home Efficiency
August 18, 2017

Is trying to keep your electric bill low getting in the way of enjoying your home? Using less electricity can help, but sometimes that's not an option – like during a heat wave. One solution is to add solar panels. Harnessing the sun's energy can allow you to run the air conditioning and other appliances when you need them, without resulting in a high electricity bill.

Going solar can benefit your community as well. Using a renewable energy source can help lower your carbon footprint – home solar panels can reduce carbon emissions by up to 5 tons per year. That's equivalent to the emissions that would be reduced if you stopped driving your car during the life of the panels (for an average passenger vehicle).

Whether you want to lower your energy bill or are trying to reduce your impact on the environment, powering your home with solar panels can help.

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Watch the video above to hear from several homeowners who made the leap using Renovate America's home improvement financing and skilled contractors from within our network. Check out what they had to say about the experience.

To help keep his family's energy bill low when running the air conditioning, Preston opted to get solar panels. "My electric bill prior to solar during the summers was usually about 400 dollars," he shares.

Now, he can power his family's home for maximum comfort without worry. "We have had a savings on the electric bill. Right now I'm at a minus 75 dollars." He adds, "Looking forward to being able to use both ACs – because I can."

Homeowners pose proudly in front of their new solar panels.
 

Preston and his wife April pose proudly in front of their new solar panels.

 

Other homeowners, Duane and Mary had Preston slightly beat with their own exorbitant electric bills. Mary admits, "Our energy bill, especially in the wintertime when we were using the heating, was near 500 dollars a month."

Luckily, that number lowered dramatically thanks to the solar upgrade. "I got my first bill with all our new solar panels," shares Mary, "and I looked at it and I was running around the house showing everybody – ‘look it, look it, the grid's going the other way!'"

She adds proudly, "To have $1.77 for your bill is unheard of – but not at our house."

Homeowners now actually look forward to getting their electric bill each month.
 

Duane and Mary now actually look forward to getting their electric bill each month.

 

For Greg, he was personally inspired after several of his neighbors added home solar panels and absolutely loved it. "I just wanted to be able to not waste power," he says, "and not be worrying about huge bills."

Greg also had another reason for going solar. With his elderly father in the home, Greg can now rest easier knowing he can keep the air conditioner running as often as needed with little impact on his bills. He enthuses, "It gives us the options to just relax, enjoy home; make it more of a sanctuary."

Homeowner is happy to do his part to contribute to a more energy-efficient neighborhood.
 

Homeowner is happy to do his part to contribute to a more energy-efficient neighborhood.

 

These homeowners should be able to enjoy the benefits of their solar panels for over 20 years.

Considering going solar? Here are some solar panel tips and a solar energy guide to help you decide about making the upgrade. You can also learn more about leasing solar panels too.