For the past several years, homeowners in cities around the world have been installing solar panels on their roofs to take advantage of the most clean, renewable energy source available to generate power.
So why should you go solar? What’s the benefit to you?
Here are 6 great reasons to choose solar right now:
1) It’s Good for the Environment – Duh!
I think by now we all know that climate change is having drastic effects around the world. As a society, and as individuals, we need to start making changes now, and find ways to reduce our carbon footprints before the damage is irreparable. The fossil fuels that largely power our electricity produce several emissions that are extremely harmful to our environment, including: carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, mercury and other heavy metals.
Solar produces no harmful emissions. It’s a clean, renewable process that uses the most natural of all resources: the sun.
2) It’s a Solid Home Investment.
In many cases, the home improvements you make won’t add equal return in value to your house as the money you’ve spent on them. Solar energy, on the other hand, will save you money on your energy bill every month, and potentially even make you money when you decide to sell your home.
Multiple studies (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) have shown that the investment you make in solar can add a 3-4% increase in value to your home should you decide to sell it later. In a challenging market, solar panels can be the difference in selling your house, an added bonus that gives potential buyers a reason to consider your house over others.
3) Solar Energy Systems are Durable.
Solar panels have no moving parts, are not easily damaged, and require no maintenance. This decreases the chance for an interruption in service and ensures that they will last longer than almost any improvement you can make to your home. All solar panels are exhaustively tested to ensure that they can withstand high winds and extreme weather conditions such as hail and heavy snowfall. Every solar panel installed by experienced and skilled installers such as Bluewater Energy is guaranteed to be as strong – or stronger than the roof itself – and will lengthen the life of your shingles. And, the panels come with at minimum a 20 year warranty, so you can sit back and enjoy the system for many years to come.
4) Solar has a Fixed Energy Cost.
Electricity from utility providers is never guaranteed at a set price, rising and falling seemly without cause or effect. And without any other option, consumers have no choice but to pay whatever the current price is. A 2018 report published by the Fraser Institute states that Ontario’s residential electricity costs spiked 71 percent between 2008 and 2016 – far outpacing the 34 percent average increase in the rest of the country.
The cost for a solar system, on the other hand, remains the same. If you choose to finance your system, then you have a set, minimal monthly payment, and if you purchase your system outright, your future energy costs can be as low as $0 for the life of the system – 20 years or more!
5) Our climate in Southwestern Ontario is Ideally suited to Capitalize on Solar Power.
What – really? Yes! One of the myths about solar power involves the perceived limitations on the energy-generating potential of solar panels. Even on overcast days and cold winter days, your panels will be working to produce energy. In fact, solar panels can even perform better in colder temperatures as solar panels are most efficient when it’s cold and sunny outside. Yes, we get fewer hours of daylight in winter, but on those clear, crisp winter days, your panels are performing at their optimum!
In Ontario, we are moving to NetZero homes. This means, you still stay connected to the grid, and any excess energy produced during the day is pushed back to the grid, resulting in a credit towards your monthly electricity consumption. Then in the evening hours, you will be using the credited energy from the meter.
If you elect an off-grid system, then you can add battery storage so that the excess energy produced during the day can be used in the evening when the system isn’t generating power.
6) Stay Ahead of the Curve – Solar is Cool!
Let’s face it, what’s cooler than the sun powering your home?
And that’s literally quite true. Studies have shown that solar PV panels act as “roof shades” to keep buildings cool, in addition to supplying them with clean power. This makes sense. Solar panels soak up the sun’s rays, directing them away from the roof, whereas a roof without panels would allow heat up penetrate through it into the inside of the building.
But the “cool factor” goes beyond that. The signs are everywhere. Pushing aside the agendas of fossil fuel companies and dirty energy generators, the future of energy is renewable, clean energy. By converting to solar energy now, you have the chance to be one step ahead, to join the innovators and trail blazers around the world.
Either way, you can’t keep the money.
Whether you’re spending the money to make an investment in solar energy, or giving the money to your utility provider, it’s still money that’s being spent. You can invest in yourself and take control of your energy costs, or continue to pay your utility provider for rented energy each month, owing them frequent payments and remaining a hostage to their fees and requirements.
Every step towards independence, gives you the freedom and the power to make future choices about how you live and own your life. Purchasing a solar energy system for your house is a way to invest in yourself and your family, and makes a big statement about how you choose to spend and consume your resources.
Instant monthly savings with SOLAR is only one conversation away – get in touch with a solar professional from Bluewater Energy.