5 little-known benefits of residential solar power
November 15, 2021at5:00 AM
A growing number of people across the United States have made the switch to solar power and gotten to know its benefits first-hand. Many people considering solar as an energy source for their home are likely already generally familiar with what it has to offer. From lower utility bills to a less destructive environmental impact, the pros of a solar panel system have become fairly well-known by now.
Some more specific benefits to this switch, though, aren’t necessarily known even by many current solar system owners.
At Solar Switch, we’re well-versed in these benefits and have helped many of our customers fully experience them through both our direct services and informative formats like our blog.
In this post, we’ll help you learn a bit more about what makes residential solar power a worthwhile investment by covering a few details you may not have heard about before, including how solar energy helps even without the presence of sunlight, how you can profit off of your solar system, and more.
Solar energy is extremely plentiful
As mentioned in this post on energy.gov, most areas of the United States have tremendous solar resources, both in terms of sunlight and support from companies and local governments. This doesn’t just include areas like Southwestern states, but even the Pacific Northwest, the Southeastern U.S., and Alaska boast good-to-excellent solar resources. This means that you can experience cost savings and the other benefits of solar listed here just about anywhere. In nearby Coastal California cities, like Marina, Seaside, and Monterey, we have more sunny days per year than many areas, and even more reason to make the switch to solar energy.
You can benefit from solar even when the sun isn’t shining
Solar panel systems take sunlight and directly convert it into usable energy for your home. When the sun isn’t actively shining on the panels, of course, this conversion can’t take place. This doesn’t make the system useless without the presence of sunlight, though.
When the panels absorb sunlight for your home, excess energy is fed back into a power grid which you can later receive electric energy from during the night or at other times when sunlight isn’t present. Feeding energy back into the grid also provides you with electricity credits which offset the cost of the additional electricity you receive. This process is called net metering.
It’s also possible to store excess solar energy for your own use through resources like solar batteries. This option allows you to operate in a more energy-independent way than relying on a utility company.
You can make money through residential solar power
Depending on the utility company you’re working with for solar energy, you may also benefit from a feed-in tariff for providing electrical energy to the grid. This allows you to receive a monetary credit for each kilowatt hour (or kWh) fed back into the grid. Unlike with net metering, these credits are independent of your electric bill. This is generally only available in a few states as of now and can mainly be found in places like California and New York.
One additional way you can profit through your solar panel system is through the increased value of your home after installation. Solar energy allows for substantially reduced savings on an energy bill, essentially reducing the cost of living that comes with a solar-powered home.
You can repair your roof during your solar installation
An old or structurally weak roof may be an obstacle to many people who would otherwise invest in solar for their home. What many people don’t realize is that many solar companies, including Solar Switch, offer roof repairs with a solar system installation. In fact, for many people in this situation, it’s likely the most cost-effective way to go!
Interested in a solar system for your home?
At Solar Switch, we’re ready to help you experience all these benefits of residential solar power and more. If you’d like to learn more about our services, get in touch with us here.