Reasons vary for each person. But all agree that electricity prices aren't getting any cheaper. It's not difficult to see a net gain on your investment in a relatively short time period.
Features and Benefits
Solar-energy systems allow you to capture free sunlight and convert it into usable power in your home.
- It’s clean.
Solar energy can be used to heat and cool your home, but it has almost no impact on the global climate. By comparison, electricity generated by power plants produces carbon dioxide emissions that scientists say pose serious threats to the environment.
- It’s infinitely renewable.
While nonrenewable energy sources like oil, gas and coal are becoming increasingly scarce, the sun’s energy is limitless. Wherever sunlight shines, electricity can be generated.
- It can reduce your utility costs.
Having a system that creates solar energy means you use less electricity from your utility company, and that can contribute to lower heating and cooling costs. This is significant, especially when you consider 56% of energy use in a typical U.S. home comes from heating and cooling*.
- It comes with incentives.
The U.S. federal government and some states provide tax credits for renewable-energy systems. Depending on where you live, you may also be eligible for incentives through your utility company. To find out what incentives are available in your area, visit dsireusa.org.
- It increases your energy self-reliance.
The more sunlight harnessed by the system, the less electricity you need from your utility supplier.
It can also increase your home’s value.
An investment in a solar-energy system may improve the value of your home, thanks to its ability to lower the cost of heating and cooling. Surveys conducted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have shown that home values rise an average of $20 for every $1 reduction in annual utility bills.
- It’s extremely reliable.
The sun has been around for billions of years and is likely to burn on for billions more to come.
*U.S. Department of Energy statistics
Solar energy is good for
the environment and good
for our economy.