Home Solar Kits - Pros and Cons of a Home Solar Energy System
As a home owner, you are most likely constantly tweaking and refining your “punch list” of home improvements – whether it be for cosmetic reasons or simple improvements – the list of home upgrades never seems to be complete. And if you do it right, you may even be able to rake in some profit when it comes time to sell. In this economy, that's a tough thing to do, but it IS possible.
An energy-efficient home
An efficient home depends on the streamlined use of energy resources. It is important that homeowners understand their energy needs and find ways to implement ways to manage their energy resources efficiently and cost effectively.
Solar energy panels on residential homes
Solar energy is the future of energy. But up until now, only wealthy home owners could afford to employ solar energy in their home. Solar has been popular in the past, but recently solar installations on a home's roof has taken on a whole new meaning. By making a commitment to solar energy, a homeowner makes an ethical statement about what is important to the home's principles as well as having the added benefit of lowering electricity bills, which we all know is expensive and getting more costly each year due to rising temperatures and energy costs. Installing solar panels is about more than saving a few extra bucks on electricity each month, it's about making a strong statement about your home's energy efficiency and, in the case of re-sale, its economical value to prospective buyers.
Economical home solar energy systems
Eugene, Oregon based solar panel manufacturer Grape Solar recently announced that its home solar energy systems are now being sold online by Costco Wholesale Corp. The development gives the Eugene-based company nationwide distribution and puts it nearer to its goal of making solar power systems more accessible to American consumers.
“For the first time, a leading retailer with numerous locations, quality recognition and tens of millions of loyal customers has made it possible for end users to buy high-quality solar products at great prices and have the products delivered directly to their homes in a matter of days,” Ocean Yuan, Grape Solar’s president, said in a news release.
Installation of home solar panels
A smart home owner does the research before making a substantial investment. And one thing that will come into play when considering a home solar energy system is the installation. Can you install the solar system yourself? Who can you trust if you decide to hire someone to install the system? RenewableEnergyJobs.com has a detailed list of states and the resources available for training in the solar installation field. If you are not a do-it-yourself kind of homeowner, Grape Solar offers a solar installer resources section on their web site with tips and helpful information to help you choose the installer for the project.
Pros of home solar panels
By installing solar panels on your home, you are protecting yourself against increases in energy prices. Most economists agree that energy prices will continue to rise in the near term, and buying a solar energy system protects you against this expected increase. As the price of energy goes up, the payback period of your system will continue to decrease.
Cons of home solar panels
Many home owners are reluctant to install solar panels on their home because some people feel they are not aesthetically pleasing. But if you are one of the lucky home owners, the southern area of your home is not visible from the street. Additionally, some homeowners may be hesitant to add solar panels to their roof because of the possibility that it can void the home's roof warranty. The only way to be certain if a solar panel can be installed on your roof without voiding the warranty is to contact your roofing company. Be sure to get something in writing from them regarding their policy on home solar panel installations.
Solar home energy systems are a smart choice.
Even the most frugal homeowners are taking the plunge into a solar home energy system. And by installing a home solar energy system on your house, when it comes time to sell your home, the solar panels could very well increase the likelihood of converting a visitor into a buyer. In time, solar panels will result in savings on your home energy bill, which could help pay the mortgage. But most importantly, it's just the right thing to do.