Two of the most common questions we get about adding solar panels to your home are, “is it worth it?” and “what are the benefits?”
The truth is, solar systems are worth it because of the benefits. From potential electric bill savings and a move toward energy independence, to a cleaner planet, here are a few of the benefits of solar panels in the Palmetto State.
Benefits of Solar Panels for Your Home
Most people think that solar panels are good for the environment (which is true, and something we’ll discuss shortly), but they may not realize that solar panels have quite a few benefits for your home — and your wallet. Here are just a few of the benefits of installing solar panels at your home:
- Potentially reduced electric bills. The more solar power you harness, the less you’ll need to pay the power companies each month.
- Reduced dependence on grid energy. Solar power allows you to use an infinitely renewable resource to power your home. Relying less on energy companies and fossil fuels is priceless for many.
- Built-in backup power. The effects of power outages and rolling blackouts are less likely to affect you when you install a battery backup along with your solar panels. A backup battery stores the excess energy your solar array collects so you can use it when solar power isn’t available.
- Increased home value. Solar panels are seen as a home upgrade — and buyers are willing to pay for it. Zillow found that homes with solar panels sell for 4.1% more on average, while the Department of Energy found that buyers were willing to pay an average of $15,000 more for a home with an “average-sized” solar array.
Environmental Benefits of Solar Panels
If you think solar panels are environmentally friendly but you’re not sure exactly why, let us explain
- Lowers greenhouse gas emissions. Traditional electricity is created by burning fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas, which release harmful greenhouse gases into the environment and contribute to air pollution. Solar power is clean and doesn’t release any gases into the atmosphere.
- Runs on renewable energy. In addition to contributing to air pollution, fossil fuels are nonrenewable resources. Eventually, these fuels will run out. Solar is infinitely renewable.
- No water usage. While traditional electricity sources and alternative sources such as hydropower rely on water, solar does not. This reduces water pollution and the strain on the world’s water supply.
Tax Benefits of Solar Panels
Some lesser-known benefits of solar panels? Tax benefits. Homeowners that install solar panels on their home can claim a federal personal tax credit of up to 26% of the purchase price of their system. There are also tax incentives for South Carolina residents and business owners that install solar panels on their homes or businesses.
Take Your Columbia, SC Home Toward Energy Independence
If you’re ready to save on your electricity bills and make your home more energy independent, make POWERHOME SOLAR your first choice. Our team of solar experts will help you choose the perfect solar array for your home. Get started by requesting your free quote today.