Solar Energy 101 – Top 3 Benefits of Going Solar!

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Solar Energy 101 – Top 3 Benefits of Going Solar!

Going solar has a wide variety of benefits. From improving the environment to cutting energy costs, many people install solar to reduce their carbon footprint while also improving their property value. No matter your motivation, here are some top reasons for consideration:

#1 – Reduce or even eliminate your electric bills.

If you are a home or business owner, then you know that electricity costs can be a large portion of your monthly expenses and electricity prices can be unpredictable, making management of your budget difficult. When you install a solar panel system, you fix your electricity costs and make them more predictable. This is especially beneficial for anyone with a fixed income, as well as for businesses that could gain from a more stable cash flow. When you make your electricity costs more predictable by going solar, you also improve your expense forecasting and management capabilities.

#2 – Earn returns.

Solar panels are a great way to invest in your future and the value of your property. The average American homeowner pays off their solar panel system in seven to eight years and can see a return average of 20% or more. Factors impacting that return include:

  • Upfront cost: Getting a good price on your solar energy system is key to maximizing your return on investment.
  • Electricity rates: The higher your current electric rate, the more you save with solar.
  • Financial incentives: Incentives through state and local tax and utility programs mean lower upfront costs and a shorter payback period.
  • Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs): State and utility programs may purchase SRECs associated with your solar energy system production or SRECS could be sold in a state based SREC market.
  • Property characteristics: Factors such as the orientation and pitch of your roof, placement of your solar panels in an unshaded location and the level of solar insolation in your location all impact the energy production of your PV array.
  • Property value: Solar panel system ownership increases your property resale value while third party ownership (e.g. leasing) does not.
  • Business benefits: Controlling operating expenses may lead to greater profitability for your business.

#3 – Environmentally friendly.

Many of us consider going solar to minimize our environmental impact and to address issues such as climate change and health problems related to carbon emissions. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average household emits approximately 20 metric tons of carbon pollution each year. If you were to install a solar power system, a typical two-person household would reduce their carbon emissions by three to four tons annually because electricity that solar panels produce is completely emissions free.

Beyond the multiple benefits, the cost of solar is dropping across the nation. Solar power systems derive clean, pure energy from the sun. So, installing solar for your home or solar for your business helps combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduces our collective dependence on fossil fuel.

If you are ready to consider solar and/or have any questions, contact a Sunsense Solar consultant at 970-963-1420 or email

If you know of anyone who you think would like to go solar, fill out our Referral form. If the referral leads to a signed contract, you will receive $250! It pays to go solar!

Tatiana DeJiacomo
Marketing Associate

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Comments (15)

  • Dave Anderson

    That is a good point that having a good deal on a solar energy system would be a good start to getting a return on the investment. That is something that I would love to do at some point. It would be great to be able to get a nice return on my investment for installing solar.

    December 20, 2018 at 11:57 PM
  • Ellie Davis

    My husband and I have been considering getting solar panels installed. Thank you for pointing out that getting these panels can help eliminate our electric bill. I’ll have to look into finding the best company in our area to come and install the best solar panels for our home.

    December 27, 2018 at 1:19 AM
  • Amy Winters

    Thanks for mentioning that many states and areas have incentives to help lower the upfront costs of going solar. My husband and I are interested in using solar energy in our home. We’ll definitely take your advice and see if our state has incentive programs to help with the cost!

    January 3, 2019 at 5:00 PM
  • Ajay Verma

    After reading this post I feel like you converted my thoughts in your words, I always think that solar panel can be very beneficial for us but I was not able to make my family agree on this, Now I will refer your article to them so maybe my point will have some weight. Thank you for sharing this.

    January 9, 2019 at 5:00 AM
  • Dave Anderson

    It would be really nice to be able to pay off the solar panels in a few years and get a return. Maybe I should look into getting a solar system on my roof so we can save some money. That is something that I would love to do at some point.

    January 18, 2019 at 11:33 PM
  • Ridley Fitzgerald

    Going solar seems like a great idea. We’re actually looking into doing this, so it’s good to know the benefits. I love the fact that we can earn more money in returns so that we can pay off the cost of the panels!

    January 23, 2019 at 11:17 PM
  • Dave Anderson

    It would be great for my electric bills to be eliminated. That is something that could help me a lot. My electric bills are expensive, so I should get solar.

    January 25, 2019 at 12:25 AM
  • Laura Nichols

    I am pretty much pleased with your good work. You put really very helpful information. Keep it up.

    February 8, 2019 at 8:38 AM
  • Paul Bigham

    Low Payback Period, Increase Your Home Value, Solar is Easy.
    Keep up the great work!

    April 9, 2019 at 3:22 AM
  • Rachel Smith

    Great article! The 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC), is expected to decrease at the end of 2019 and drop to 10%, 24 months later; this is a good time to invest in solar energy.

    May 6, 2019 at 8:04 AM
  • Trevor

    Saving money and the environment at the same time sounds like a win-win. Truthfully, any bill reduced or eliminated for me I am not arguing with. Great article

    June 4, 2019 at 12:31 AM
  • Carly Mckeen

    Thank you for stating that going solar, can help save you quite a bit of money when it comes to your electricity bills. I’m trying to save money any way I can, so I’ve been considering switching my home to solar energy. I will definitely keep all of your many benefits and information in mind when deciding if I should switch to solar energy.

    July 24, 2019 at 7:10 PM
  • Brad Erwin

    It’s cool that owning a solar panel system increases your property resale value. My wife and I have been looking for new ways to cut costs and we have decided to look at different ways of getting our utilities. I will have to look for good solar companies in my area to learn more!

    October 17, 2019 at 7:30 PM
  • Wade Joel

    I’m glad to know that the cost of solar power systems is dropping across the nation! We’ve been recently looking for ways to go green at home, and there’s no doubt that I will be calling a contractor for a quotation soon. My sister will be caught by what you mentioned about these systems increasing your property resale value, so I’ll make sure she reads this as well. Thank you for the information!

    November 13, 2019 at 3:30 PM
  • Derek McDoogle

    I like how you mentioned that solar panels are a great way to invest in your future and the value of your property. My parents told me that they pay a lot on energy bills and they would like to find a way to save money. I will share this article with them so they can think about installing solar panels in their house.

    November 15, 2019 at 9:57 PM

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