10 Jan Going Solar Can Help You Achieve Your 2018 New Year Resolutions
“New year, new me.” Those are the words on the lips of many Americans as the New Year kicks off. This is a time to identify the changes you want to make and resolve to follow through with those changes. Weight loss goals, financial planning objectives, and organizational initiatives are a few of the most popular New Year resolutions. Here’s how going solar can help you mark off some of those 2018 goals from your list.
#1 – Save Money
Whether you’re a homeowner, business, or nonprofit, electricity costs can make up a large portion of your monthly expenses. Even if you don’t produce 100% of the energy you consume, solar will significantly reduce your utility bills for the next 25-30 years. With the cost of solar becoming more economical it is now more affordable than ever to have your very own solar system installed!
If you’re unable to make the upfront cash investment on a solar system, talk to your local installer about financing your solar array. With 0% down options and monthly payments lower than your current electric bill, you’ll see savings right away without the upfront costs.
To top it all off and make owing a solar system an even better deal, the federal government allows you to deduct 30% of your solar power system costs off your federal taxes through an investment tax credit (ITC). As a result, there’s great potential to reduce the net cost of your solar system by anywhere from 30 to 50 percent.
#2 – Get Healthy
Investing in a solar system won’t help you lose weight, but by reducing the use of fossil fuels it can certainly assist in boosting your overall health and well-being. Unlike conventional power, solar produces no harmful emissions. The average residential solar installation will eliminate three to four tons of carbon emissions each year! That’s the equivalent of planting over 100 trees a year.
By reducing your carbon footprint you will contribute to improving air quality. Air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, mercury, and carbon dioxide have been known as causes for short-term respiratory health problems. You will want to take deep breaths after installing your solar system and enjoy the cleaner air![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
#3 – Home Improvements
Looking for ways to boost the value of your home? Investing in a solar system is a sure way to do just that. Studies show that homes equipped with solar energy systems have a higher property value and even sell more quickly than non-solar homes.
According to the Department of Energy, the addition of a solar array can boost the value of your home by an average of $15,000. That being said, think outside the box with your next home improvement project. Instead of sticking with the typical kitchen or bathroom renovation, consider solar as an alternative option that add serious value to your property.
#4 – Help Your Community
When you choose solar you are not only helping the environment but you are also helping the economy. According to studies, solar jobs are growing 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy. Overall, more than 260,000 people work in the solar industry, up by 24% from 2015. This growth is expected to continue as the demand for solar grows.
Who knew by going solar you’d also be contributing in creating American jobs and boosting your local economy?
Take the Plunge
The benefits of going solar don’t end here. We’ve simply highlighted the most significant ways going solar can help you achieve your 2018 New Year Resolutions. Start the year off strong and visit our “where to buy” page to find a local installer near you. Be sure to ask about our MSE PERC 60 high-power solar panel!