Did you know that most people who power their homes with solar don’t define themselves as strict environmentalists? Solar power isn’t a movement or a cause, although many who have gone solar appreciate the fact that it’s a clean source of energy and in no way harmful to our ecosystem.
Yes, generating electricity with solar panels is environmental, in the sense that all the power comes from something in our natural environment—the sun. But to embrace solar power, you don’t have to be an environmentalist. You just have to be someone who likes the idea of distancing from the power of the grid and reaping numerous benefits.
Look at the advantages
- With solar, you create your own energy, thereby reducing—or in some cases eliminating—your electric bills.
- With “net metering” available through many utility providers, you can bank the unused solar energy you generate at no charge and use it at a later time.
- If you choose to go off the grid, specialized solar battery systems are available that allow you to store excess generated energy right on your own property.
- You can have solar panels installed for zero dollars down through some providers and start getting a return on your investment before you’ve even made one.
- Federal and state governments offer valuable incentives for installing solar. For example, the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit provides homeowners a 30% credit on their income taxes through the end of 2019 with decreasing percentages over the next several years.
- Studies show that homes with solar power sell for an average of $15,000 more than comparable non-solar homes.
- And, if you are environmentally motivated, solar power causes no harm to the ecosystem.
Clearly, aside from the last bullet, none of these solar advantages have anything to do with environmentalism. Rather, they’re sound benefits that are open to anyone who wants to save some money, increase their home value and be proactive about how they get, use and store their electricity.
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