Home Solar Energy Systems
Find Out Where YOUR Home is Losing Energy:
Skyrocketing energy prices has meant higher energy bills for homeowners across America. And those bills are only going up. The rapid increase in energy costs has many homeowners thinking about ways to reduce their energy costs. Common energy saving solutions are adding insulation, replacing windows and buying a new high-efficiency furnace. But what if you could get free electricity?
Free Energy From the Sun
We now have the technology to harness the heat from the sun very efficiently, and turn it into electricity. When home solar power systems were first made available, they were quite fragile, inefficient and visually unappealing to many. In contrast, modern systems are far more efficient and built to last. And now you can buy solar cells that look like roof shingles, as opposed to the large rectangular boxes mounted on the roof. There are many different brands and models on the market, which has driven the price down considerably and given the consumer a wide variety of choice.
...That's Not Exactly Free
While home solar power systems are much more affordable now than ever, the startup costs are still a concern for many. A home solar energy system that can power the entire house can cost as much as $20,000 (minus any government or utility incentives or rebates). As the trend toward solar power grows, the price will continue to drop. But right now the high price is slowing the very growth that would bring the price down.
...But Makes Economic Sense
Although the startup costs are still quite high, consider the following scenario. If you pay for the unit with a fixed-rate home equity loan at 8% interest, the monthly payment would be a bit less than $200 for 15 years. Now consider that the solar power system will save you at least $100 each month on your energy bills - so the real cost of the system is under $100 per month. And depending on the amount of energy it saves - and price increases for utility-generated energy, the cost can be much less. Once the investment is paid off, you'll enjoy your free energy even more!
Multiple Benefits of Solar
Home solar energy systems not only help you save money on your energy bills, but provide a clean and sustainable source of energy. Solar energy is non-polluting and it won't run out as long as the sun continues to shine. Importantly, a solar power system gives you energy independence, so you don't have to rely on utility companies for you power - a growing concern as fossil fuels become more scarce and energy prices continue to rise.
Home Energy Efficiency Tips:
- General Energy Saving Solutions The Energy Star Program
- Simple Energy Saving Strategies Home Insulation
- Home Assessment Overview Energy Features, Green Your Home
- Energy Efficiency Mortgages & Grants Energy Efficient Mortgage
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