Solar energy installations are becoming more common today. Installations of solar panels would be more prevalent if potential customers learned the truth about five common myths regarding solar panels.
Myth One: Solar panels do not work in cloudy areas or seasons.
Although there are clouds masking the worst radiation coming from the sun, there is enough radiation on a cloudy day or during the winter to still generate electricity. Energy production does well via solar panels in cloudy regions, but it will help f you include storage equipment to store energy on your property. While not a requirement, it may help with energy economy and efficiency at home, especially at night.
Myth Two: Solar panel installations are very expensive.
There will always be conflicting definitions on what is considered as “very expensive”. Compared to 2009, the cost of solar panels may have gone down, but in the long run, solar — as well as wind energy — has resulted in higher utility rates.
According to EnergySage, the average total cost of a solar panel based on a 6 kW system, is $18,840. However, the actual cost varies by state, with Florida having the lowest minimum cost at $15,330 and New York having the highest maximum cost at $26,740.
Most installations can take advantage of a variety of government-sponsored credits and discounts, which also reduces the cost of your installation.
Myth Three: Solar panel installations need lots of maintenance.
Today’s solar panel models require very little maintenance with most panel installers performing all of the equipment maintenance. Panels are often made to remain clean with normal usage and can be shut down if you’re heaving your home for an extended period of time. The lifespan of the panel installation are designed to last up to 20 years and any repairs required are usually quick since solar panel systems have very few parts under a guarantee that protects the homeowner.
Myth Four: Solar panels will damage your roof.
The installation of solar panels does add some small holes to your roof but they do not damage your roofing tiles or the structure of your home. If you decide to remove the system or move it to another part of the roof, these holes are easily filled. Solar panels are very lightweight. If a roof needs additional support, it is provided before the installation. In fact, installing solar panels might strengthen your roof structure in some cases.
Myth Five: Solar panels will decrease the value of your home.
Today’s solar panels look stately and come in several color options. Having a solar panel system installed in a home is a popular point of sale with younger buyers who would be likely to purchase a home with green capabilities. Solar panels installed today are modern, economical, and stunning all at the same time.
Farryn Campbell owns a small farm that is now solar powered and spends a good majority of her time helping others in her community to live green and self-reliant in the Pacific Northwest. She also enjoys riding horses and hiking the local mountain trails.
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