14 Oct See Why Solar Isn’t What You Think It Is
There’s a lot of information out there to explore when it comes to going solar. Is it really clean? Is it really going to save me money? While there are always two sides to every story, we’re here to clear up some misconceptions about solar that keep people from investing in cleaner, more affordable energy that’s also more reliable.
“Solar only works when the sun is out.”
This is the most common thought we address, and the logic behind it certainly makes sense! While maybe at one point this was true, solar energy technology has advanced to include batteries that can store excess solar energy. And grid-tied solar systems allow you to pull energy from the grid when enough solar isn’t available.
“Solar panels can damage your roof!”
Adding solar panels to your roof does require drilling holes, and that is always a delicate task. That’s why it’s important to use professional installers, and if panels are installed based on the guidelines provided by the manufacturer, there is no reason your roof will be compromised. If there is existing damage to your roof, your solar technician may recommend some repairs to ensure a good and solid install.
“Solar is too expensive.”
When solar first entered the home market, it was pricey! But that was decades ago, and today technology has advanced to be smarter, more reliable and affordable. The cost of going solar has dropped more than 70% since 2009. And most are able to pay off their solar energy system in as few as 4 years thanks to the savings generated simply from not having to pay the local electric utility’s rising prices.
“Solar panels take a lot of maintenance.”
Once your panels are installed, maintenance is actually very low. Solar panels are built to last up to 25 years or even more, and require only the occasional cleaning to remove dust, dirt and debris so as to allow the maximum light in. You’ll want to make sure tree branches and critters are away from your system, but for the most part, you can set it and forget it.
Don’t let misinformation keep you from owning your own power with rooftop solar. Solar is the best way to reduce your carbon footprint and your bill. Talk to the experts at APS to see how you can make solar work for you.