FAQs About Solar Panels
Solar panels can be a great alternative to traditional sources of power. They can help you reduce or even eliminate your current energy bill, while providing you with a more environmentally friendly option. However, solar energy still remains a mystery to many people. Therefore, here are a few frequently asked questions about solar panels, to help you decide if they’re right for you.
- How much does solar energy cost? That depends on the type and size of system you get, where you’re located, and a variety of other factors. Some areas offer special incentives to reduce the costs, in order to encourage people to make the switch. There may also be tax breaks available in your area to offset installation costs. Do your research and find out what you can expect to pay for solar panels in your home.
- How long does solar take to pay for itself? Again, it varies, depending on your local energy rates and installation incentives, but in, say, New Jersey, you can expect the savings from reduced energy bills to surpass the cost of purchase and installation in about 6-8 years.
- How long do panels last? They’re designed to produce energy for 25 years or more, and could last up to 50.
- Is energy conservation still important? Depending on your location and current energy use, solar power can’t always completely eliminate your electric bill completely. It only drops to $0 if you produce more energy than you use. Therefore, it’s still important not to be wasteful, and to save energy when you can.
- Can I install the panels myself? You probably shouldn’t, unless you’re licensed in both roofing and electrical, and have experience with solar energy.