We’re sure you’ve heard the rumors out there about going solar. But how much of these rumors are actually myths and how many of them are true? We’re here to clear up our top 7 solar myths to make your solar decision process simpler.
MYTH 1: SOLAR PANELS ARE TOO EXPENSIVE
Did you know that 97% of Americans overestimate the cost of solar panels? Solar panel cost has actually decreased since 2008. There are also many lease options that allow you to pay zero up-front costs. If you want to buy your system outright, it’s important to remember that your return on investment is high.
MYTH 2: SOLAR PANELS WILL INCREASE MY PROPERTY TAX.
As a matter of fact, a solar system will actually increase the value of your home. For every $1,000 that has been saved in you annual electric costs, your home’s value will rise $20,000. Your panels can also increase the rate at which you sell your home.
MYTH 3: MY ROOF CAN’T SUPPORT SOLAR PANELS
Your solar panels aren’t going to damage your roof. Your solar company will come and make an assessment of your roof before any installation begins. Solar panels can also be installed on a variety of roofs so don’t let this hold you back.
MYTH 4: SOLAR INSTALLATION IS COMPLICATED
Installing solar panels isn’t complicated if its done by the right, experienced contractor. The actual installation only takes 2-3 days and your solar company will do it all for you. Learn more about simple steps for your installation here.
MYTH 5: SOLAR PANELS REQUIRE MAINTENANCE
Actually, they require little to no maintenance. It is recommended that you hose off your panels once a year or so. As long as you are making sure there isn’t loads of debris covering your panels, leave them alone. The rain also acts as a great natural maintenance cleaner and will help you with hosing those panels off yearly.
MYTH 6: SOLAR PANELS DON’T WORK IN COLD WEATHER AND DURING CLOUDY DAYS
While its true that your solar panels will work most efficiently in cloudless, 72° F weather, it doesn’t mean they don’t work during colder seasons. Remember that good solar design starts with quality products optimally configured to take best advantage of the available sunlight. Seasonality will affect your solar panels, but not in the negative way you’ve been told.
MYTH 7: I WILL NEVER SEE A RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Most people believe that if you decide to purchase your system outright, you will never see a return on your investment due to high initial costs. Your ROI is guaranteed at 5%-15%, not to mention that your free energy collection will continue far into the next generation. Your ROI will also depend on how much energy you consume which can be easily determined through an estimate with your local solar company.
There you have it. Myths of going solar debunked. Are there any myths we didn’t touch on? Let us know in the comment section.