Installation helps you start saving Immediately

Installing solar panels in your home helps you start saving the amount you spend on your energy bills by more than $100 per month. This might not sound like a great saving but it translates to a tidy amount over a period of time. The amounts you save monthly normally mean that you are able to recoup the expense of installing your solar panel in less than ten years.
Federal and state incentives
The federal government has been working to encourage Americans to install solar panels by providing a wide range of incentives. Such incentives include a 30% rebate on the cost of equipment and installation as well as a wide range of incentives that various states have put in place. A homeowner who installs a solar panel could sell Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) and make savings running into thousands of dollars each year. With so many incentives, the initial cost of installing solar panels becomes insignificant.
You know the exact cost of power
With your utility company, you can never tell with any precision what the cost of energy will be next year or a few years thereafter. With solar energy, there is no guesswork – you know the exact amount and cost of electricity to be generated for the foreseeable future.
In addition to the many benefits that solar energy provides for the environment, there are many monetary reasons that make solar energy a great investment.

Monetary reasons for Installing Solar Panels


While the majority of people appreciate the importance of using solar energy, many are hesitant to install solar panels because of the initial installation costs. If you are in this category, you certainly have not done your math as installing solar has both short term and long term benefits. In fact, if you considered all the facts, you’ll discover that you are losing a lot when you fail to use to harness the power of the sun.
No down payment if you can’t afford it
Most homeowners who appreciate the importance of solar power but can’t afford to install it in their homes opt for an arrangement known as “pay-as-you-go”. This is basically a leasing arrangement and the provider of the solar panels owns the equipment and is also responsible for its installation and maintenance. With this arrangement, you pay for the electricity you consume each month. If you can raise part of the down payment, the amount you pay each month will be considerably reduced.
Whether you can afford to purchase the panels or opt for the pay-as-you-go arrangement, you’ll be paying much less than you’d be paying the utility companies.

Make sure panel is absorbing sunlight

The service that your solar panel gives you will be influenced to a reasonable extent by the amount of sunshine it absorbs. If you have tree in your backyard, make sure that its shade is not limiting the amount of direct sunshine reaching your solar panel.
In addition, make sure that you are keeping a record of the amount of energy that your panel produces each day. Depending on the amount of sun available, you’ll notice that the levels of energy production fluctuate slightly and by providing these figures to the manufacturer of your panel, you’ll be shown how to monitor it.
The monitoring of a solar panel is important as it helps you know your exact contribution to environmental conservation – it also lets you know the exact amount of carbon dioxide you are releasing into the atmosphere.
Solar panel maintenance is easy and perhaps the only real risk you could be taking is getting on the roof to clean it. If you have any doubts about your ability to do this, avoid the risk by letting pro roof cleaners do it.

How to take care of your solar panels


Your solar panels are a great and long-time investment that will give you many years of great service if you take good care of them. Fortunately, solar panel maintenance is really simple work and with a little effort you’ll keep your investment in tip top shape for many years to come.
Keep it clean
The amount of energy that your panel is going to harvest will be influenced to a substantial degree by how clean the surface of the solar panel is. As you can guess, the amount of sunshine reaching your panel will be reduced when the panel is covered in dust and debris.
Keeping your panel clean is really easy. If the panel is wet, all you need to do is wipe the dirt on it off.
For regular maintenance, the provider of your solar panel will also provide you with a kit that should contain a wiper, a small brush and some biodegradable soap. When you notice the accumulation of dirt on the surface of the panel, you need to pick a bucket and mix the soap with water and then use the brush to wipe the dirt off the panel. You must always remember to use the brush provided and never get tempted to use abrasive cleaning brushes as these are likely to scratch the panel’s glass.