The benefits of going solar stem far beyond the tangible, ranging from the freedom of breaking the shackles of utility companies’ regular rate hikes to the intrinsic reward you’ll feel when you provide more jobs for your local economy.
Sometimes the tangible benefits carry the same emotional utility, particularly when it comes to saving money, federal tax credits, state incentives, and helping the environment.
These are all great ways in which solar can be a benefit to you. There are, however, less frequently mentioned benefits to solar, which we’ll cover in this post.
Becoming a Trendsetter: People Who Go Solar Lead the Pack
When individuals talk to solar companies, they are more interested in looking into solar when they personally know someone that has it installed. It makes the process less daunting when you aren’t the first one.
Trendsetters are brave individuals with foresight. You may already know someone that has solar and think that you aren’t really setting the trend.
This may be true, but it is highly likely that you are the only person that your friend or neighbor knows who is getting solar. Your relationship with them will make is easier for them to switch to a better source of energy as well.
When you get solar, you are making a statement to the world that says, “I care! I care about the world we live in and want to do my part to make a difference.”
Your statement will ignite a domino reaction in neighbors and friends, who will partake in your your experience and reasons for going solar. As more and more people make a stand against pollution, a positive difference in ourselves and our environment will occur.
Being energy-efficient is a way of life. Getting solar is just the start to a better lifestyle.
Trendsetters are the ones who do things not just because everyone is doing it, but because they want to do it. They see the benefits before the general public has caught on to them. Your purchase now is setting the trend for the future.
You’ll Boost Your Local Economy with Solar Panels in the State of Utah
Many reports have shown that solar has made some dramatic improvements over the years and have recently started to catch on worldwide.
The International Energy Agency, among other energy connoisseurs, reported that worldwide solar capacity has increased by more than 50 percent.
2017 was the first year that renewable energy has come close to catching up with coal-powered energy. This change is due largely to the growth of photovoltaics.
Not only has the price of installing a system decreased, but government organizations all over the globe have created incentives for installing clean energy sources. These two factors have pushed solar installation to new heights.
Below is a brief video containing a snapshot of where solar and other renewable energy is in present day and where it is headed.
The United States is seeing this increase in solar installation as well. The Solar Foundation reports there was a 25 percent growth of solar related jobs in the united states between 2015 and 2016.
As referenced in our post, 10 Reasons Solar Power Will Save the Workforce, more than twice as many Americans are employed by the solar industry than the entire coal industry. These jobs require a wide range of skill sets and experience.
When you decide to go solar you are also supporting employment in your area. The fact that most American solar companies are supporting a growing number of jobs in America means you are helping your economy and environment with you solar investment.
Protect Yourself From Energy Rate Changes With Your Solar Array
Many are aware that the power bill is one of those bills that you can’t erase completely. If you don’t pay the power bill, you won’t have power.
A good way to start decreasing the cost of your power bill is by being more energy conscientious. Many go out of their way to make sure that they don’t leave lights on when they leave a room, and this is a good start.
Installing energy efficient bulbs and appliances also has been proven to lower power bills. Unfortunately, even with these improvements electric bills can be as high as $300 or more per month.
Right now paying a hundred dollars per month for electricity may not be that big of a deal to you, but there is no guarantee that this rate will stagnate.
History has shown that energy rates have and will continued to rise over time.
Power company rates increase by a fraction of a cent per Kilowatt-hour (kwh) at times in the year when people are less likely to notice. A fraction of a cent doesn’t seem like much, but it adds up fast.
There are also some energy companies that change the rate you are paying per kwh by the amount of energy that you use. If you start using more energy, companies like Rocky Mountain Power will start charging you a higher rate for the energy that you are using.
Solar can be a solution to your rate increase problem. When you purchase a set of solar panels you lock yourself into a monthly rate that is as close as possible to what you were paying for your power bill.
If you are using the same amount of electricity that you used before your system was installed, then you can count on your monthly bill being the same. This means more savings for you.
Your solar power rate doesn’t go up and down according to the whims and fancy of an all powerful power company. Most solar customers start to see savings within the first couple of years just because they are able to avoid rate increases.
Security Promoted Through Going Solar: Financial and Personal
Amortization of a Loan vs. Endless Payments
When you buy a solar array the payments that you make toward your energy have a light at the end of the tunnel. This light is created because there is a day when you will no longer have to pay for your power.
Most solar companies have a 25-year loan. There are some companies, like Go Solar Group, that can get you set up with a 12 to 15-year loan.
Loans are typically connected with debt, but when you think about it, paying your power company is a lifelong debt. At least this one ends before you die.
Once you have solar you have decided to invest in your future. When your loan is paid off you no longer have payments that you are making. This especially makes since for individuals who are thinking of retiring in the next 10 to 20 years.
One less expense when you have less cash coming in makes a world of a difference.
Many people who are retired have a fixed income. Getting solar can eliminate one of your bills that you would normally have to pay.
People normally think about buying their home and car so they can look forward to the day when they don’t have those necessary payments. With solar, your electric bill can be put in the same category.
Solar Arrays With and Without Battery Backup
Another thing that gives people security is battery backup for their homes. Free emergency battery backup is offered to every Go Solar Group customer when they buy a system.
Battery backup gives people assurance that their power needs will be met. Solar systems that don’t have some form of battery backup will fail completely when there is a grid failure.
Solar power is turned off when the grid goes down because it is a safety hazard to have electricity going into the grid when it is being fixed. Power that is coming from your battery backup, however, isn’t connected to the grid.
Backup power can be used even when the grid isn’t functioning. Battery backup will provide you with security and assurance that you will be ok.
Help Others Go Solar by Giving Solar: One of the Numberous Benefits in Utah for a Home Solar System
When you buy solar through Go Solar Group, you also are able to help others get solar. Go Solar Group has a Give Solar Program that provides micro loans to people in Uganda.
These loans are used to help Africans purchase quality solar products. When you purchase a solar array Go Solar Group uses part of that sale to fund a self sustaining microloan.
This loan is used to help fund solar products for female entrepreneurs, elementary schools, orphanages, and families living on less than one dollar per day. These micro-loans are a way to help people become self-sufficient.
Thus far this program has reached over 5,300 off-grid households. It has also created more than 3 million child-study hours. In addition to providing light and power, 3,932 tons of black carbon emissions have been averted by the replacement of kerosene lamps with solar products.
By purchasing your system you are also helping others in Africa. You can give a man a fish and feed him for a day, or, with Give Solar you can help him learn how to fish.
No matter your original reason behind getting solar panels put on your home, the benefits that come with it are immense. Harnessing the power of the sun is the path to a better future.