Do you live in the Goodyear, AZ area and want to cut down on your energy costs?
Maybe it’s time for a change. There are many reasons why switching from traditional power sources to solar panels is a smart idea. If you’re looking into improving both your home life and finances, then making the switch to solar power may be right for you.
Here are some questions and answers about going green with solar panels:
What kinds of savings can I expect?
While there is no guarantee that every household will save money by going green, most people report a reduction of 20-50% off their monthly electric bills. Some customers have even seen an 80% drop! So not only will you see an immediate return on your investment, you will also be helping to reduce the demand for expensive fossil fuels.
What is a solar panel?
A solar panel is a device that converts sunlight into electricity and current (DC) electrical energy. Solar panels come in many shapes and sizes and can range significantly in price depending on their materials and potential output. One of the most important factors in determining the cost of a solar panel is how efficient it will make your home or business. To put it simply, higher efficiency means more savings! The sun delivers 10,000 watts of power per square meter, with each collector taking full advantage of this free energy source!
How does it work?
By investing in solar panels for your home, you are taking advantage of free clean energy. All you have to do is install the panels, and the sun will provide all the power your home needs for as long as it shines! You can expect to pay around $20,000 to purchase and install solar energy panels capable of meeting 100% or more of your household’s average energy needs (approximately 4-6 kW). However, you should note that there are tax credits available for renewable energy systems, which may help offset costs.
How much does it cost?
Solar panels aren’t cheap, but they definitely make up for it in raw performance. With declining prices over time, many customers report an immediate return on their investment with additional savings within five years. Some initially report a higher electric bill when their panels are first installed, but this is just due to the fact that they are getting used to the idea of having free power! After the initial investment in solar panels, you will never have to pay another electric bill again!
What happens when it’s cloudy or there’s no sun?
Solar panels work best when exposed to direct sunlight. However, if you live in an area with low levels of direct sunlight or unpredictable weather, then you can still get good results by using an energy storage system. This is useful if your home experiences many days where it isn’t sunny for long periods of time. Your battery will store enough solar energy for up to three days without full exposure to the sun. You can also access the stored energy when you need it, which is important if the sun isn’t shining during your peak usage times.
How do solar panels work with existing power sources?
If your home or business has an emergency generator, then you will be happy to know that solar panels can easily integrate with it! Many homes in Arizona are eligible for a “net metering” system, meaning that your solar panels will turn on with the generator when power is needed most. When you are not relying on emergency generators, your home will be powered directly by the sun!
Is it worth the investment?
Absolutely! The price of solar panels has been declining in recent years and will continue to do so. With more than 30 years of history and over 100,000 installations in the US alone, solar is already an enormous industry that will only continue to grow with time. A new solar panel system can be paid for within 9-12 years (not considering any possible tax benefits), meaning that you will never have to pay another electric bill again!
Contact ADH Solar at (623) 244-4040 if you’re thinking on reducing your energy bill.