Benefits of Going Solar
By installing a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future. The amount you can save depends on the utility rates and solar policies in your area, but going solar is a smart investment regardless of where you live.
Like other renewable energy resources, solar power has many environmental and health benefits. Going solar reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change, and also results in fewer air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, which can cause health problems.
Find out how much you pay for electricity (and how much electricity you use per month) by taking a look at your utility electricity bill. Contact a VIA solar expert and forward an electricity bill to find out exactly what your energy situation.
Utilities use Net metering to credit solar energy system owners for the electricity produced by their solar panels. With net metering, you only pay for the electricity that you use beyond what you generate, if you generate more than you use, that can be sent back to the grid in the form of credits or payments. Net metering policies differ from state to state – from Massachusetts to California – contact our solar experts to find out for you.
Based on a history of studies, homes with solar energy systems sell for more than homes without them. However, your property value will only increase if you own, rather than lease, your solar panel system. In most parts of the country, going solar will actually increase your property value more than a kitchen renovation, typically increasing total home value by about 4%.