4 Common Solar Energy Misconceptions
Solar energy misconceptions are unfortunately common today, and it’s preventing some consumers from adopting this valuable technology. Fortunately, all of these misconceptions can be easily corrected with a little information. If you are considering solar panels for your home or business, you might be interested to learn the truth behind some of the more common myths.
Myth 1: Solar Panels Only Work in Warm Areas
Many people assume that photovoltaic solar panels only work well in warm, sunny climates. In truth, an area’s average temperature does not affect solar energy production as much as you may suspect. All you need to create solar energy is UV light, which is present no matter what the temperature or how cloudy it may be. That’s why you can benefit from solar panels no matter where you live. The confusion comes from the variation between UV levels in the summer versus the winter, but this has to do with the angle of the sun during those times, not the outside air temperature.
Myth 2: Solar Panels Are Large and Unattractive
If you have not taken a good look at a solar panel in several years, it’s time to check out the modern versions. They are not nearly as bulky as you might remember, allowing them to blend well with most roofs. Like many other pieces of technology such as cell phones and computers, solar panels have grown much sleeker and more aesthetically pleasing over the years. Besides, residential solar panels are becoming increasingly popular all across the country, so eventually they will look more normal than a plain roof.
Myth 3: Solar Panel Installation Is Expensive
At one time, solar panel installation represented a significant investment. Remember, though, that early computer systems cost well over $1 million in the 1950s. Today, solar is extremely affordable. In fact, with the current favorable financing terms, most customers pay nothing out of pocket and only a small monthly payment. In many locations, rebates are available — and don’t forget the federal tax credits you may be eligible for. By the time you sell your excess power back to the utility company for credits, your return on investment may be surprisingly favorable.
Myth 4: I Must Keep My House for Decades to Justify the Investment
Once you purchase your energy system, you might be surprised how quickly it pays for itself. Many homeowners report a break-even point in four years or less. If you do need to sell your home, remember that the system increases the property’s value significantly, much of which you can recover at the time of sale. Also, many of today’s financing plans are assumable by the new buyer.
If any of these misconceptions have kept you from taking advantage of the cost savings and energy independence of solar power, it’s time to make a change. Contact Intermountain Wind and Solar, serving Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming and Nevada, to learn more about today’s alternative energy systems. Their experienced professional team will be happy to help clear up your solar energy misconceptions.