Solar Panels and Solar Hot Water Heaters
In these tough economic times, everyone is looking for ways to save money. Households across the country and around the world are cutting back on the non-essential things in their life. And at the same time, there is a growing push to go “green” and to save the planet. Fears of global warming, high and unstable oil prices and supply, and even political unrest are all driving the United States and the rest of the world to alternative sources of energy. Unfortunately, the traditional view is that alternative energy costs more than fossil fuels, and it is very hard to pay extra when money is tight.
So, what if I told you that you could help save the planet and your wallet at the same time? It doesn’t seem like it makes sense, but it is possible. A combination of new and less-expensive solar products, along with state and federal rebates and tax credits, can make clean solar products cost-effective.
Solar Panels for Your Home
Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic panels or PV panels, are what most people think of when they hear the word ‘solar energy’. These panels connect directly into the electrical system of your house and supply energy when the sun is out, which lowers the amount of energy you buy from the electric company, which lowers your bills. And they are totally clean, which is great for the planet as well. The current market has caused solar panel prices to drop dramatically, and tax credits from the federal government and states, and rebates from utility companies means that you can put PV panels on your home for less than ever before. These projects are now paying for themselves in about 10 years, and after that you get free power for 15-20 more years! And if you produce more electricity than you need, some utility companies will even buy the extra power from you. Check with your local utility for details about their solar program.
Solar Hot Water Heater
Did you know that the energy it takes to run an old, inefficient water heater for a year can create as much pollution as two cars? A new solar hot water heater solves two problems: you save money on your monthly electric or gas bill because you no longer have to pay for the energy to heat your water (because it comes from the sun), and it also reduces pollution. That is a win-win situation. And the new tax credits for installing solar hot water heaters mean that the project can pay for itself in just a few years.
There is no better time than right now to take advantage of falling prices, tax credits, and rebates to install green, clean, efficient and cost effective solar projects in your home. Putting a solar hot water heater and solar panels in you house will save money on utility bills in the long run, and will also reduce pollution, which will help you do your part to save the planet. Go Solar