There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about solar energy. At DMV Equity, Inc., we’re experts about solar and know how it can help you save money on your energy bills and while minimizing your impact on the environment. As part of our efforts to bring cleaner energy to our communities, we’ve decided to debunk some of the myths that surround solar panels in Fairfield County. Keep reading to get the facts about solar.
Solar panels don’t work on cold days.
This is one of the most common misconceptions about solar panels because they’re most commonly installed in warm climates like Arizona and Florida. However, it’s not the heat in those locations that provide the energy, it’s the sun itself. Solar panels convert solar energy isn’t electricity for your home and will actually do so more efficiently in a cooler climate. Solar panels don’t produce as much energy on a hot summer day as they will on a cool, sunny winter day. The benefit of warmer climates comes from the number of sunny days and the amount of sun exposure the panels get each day.
Solar panels will damage your roof.
While there is some merit to this myth, it’s actually untrue. It’s normal to be concerned about installing anything on your roof as you’re going to have to place mounts. Solar panels will protect your roof from exposure to the elements and make for an excellent first line of defense against heavy rain, hail, and snow. However, it’s important to have the current state of your roof evaluated prior to having solar panels installed because they will not protect your roof if it’s already in disrepair.
Solar panels will make it hard to sell your home.
Solar panels have gotten to be a major selling point in most areas of the country. Studies have shown that homebuyers are willing to pay an average of $15,000 more for your home than they would without solar panels. The efficiency and savings that come with solar panels have become increasingly more appealing to buyers as they know the long-term effects solar energy has on their electrical bills.
Used solar panels are bad for the environment.
Solar panels are designed to be recycled after they’ve completed their 25-year lifespan. Most solar panels are made of glass, plastic, and aluminum so they’re easily recycled. In fact, some manufacturers encourage recycling by taking your old panels and recycling them for you for free.
It’s expensive to install solar panels.
Solar energy is increasingly more affordable with the help of government grants and tax credits. You can recoup a large portion of your solar installation with the help of the Solar Investment Tax Credit. This allows you to get back 26% of your costs with a tax credit. This number is set to drop to 22% in 2023, after which it will expire. It’s yet to be seen if the government will renew the credit so it’s best to capitalize now.
Schedule a consultation to learn more
Don’t put off making the switch to solar energy. Schedule your consultation with our team at DMV Equity, Inc. to learn more about our solar panels in Fairfield County. We exclusively use SunPower equipment so you know that you’re getting some of the best panels in the industry. Give us a call at 808-218-4169 or send a message and we’ll help you set up a consultation with our technicians.