Ask Brian: Is It Worth the Cost to Add Solar Panels to My House?

If you decide to go solar for environmental reasons, then definitely, solar panels are worth it. If you are doing it to save electricity costs, it is probably worth it, but you’ll need to do all of the calculations to be sure.

How soon will an investment in solar panels payoff?

Housing industry experts say that solar panels will become a more common fixture on new homes in the U.S. as installation costs fall and their benefits become more widely known. The industry is keeping a very keen watch on California, which has already mandated their installation on most new homes, the first U.S. state to

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Going Green at Home: 9 Awesome Reasons to Install Solar Panels

Are your energy bills starting to rise? You’re not alone. Americans spend about $2,000 on energy each year. Traditional power sources can eat at your bank account. They also impact the environment by producing greenhouse gases. Instead of relying on traditional power sources, why not install community solar panels? On the fence? Here are nine

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California’s solar power requirement for new homes comes into effect

California now requires all newly constructed homes and low-rise apartment buildings to be equipped with rooftop solar panels, following a new law that came into effect January 1. It’s the first state in the U.S. to introduce such a regulation, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Under the new law, homes are also required to have

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Solar power savings vary greatly according to where you live

Homeowners with solar panels and solar battery storage installed in their homes save an average of $1,075 annually, amounting to around 67% of their electricity bills, a new study by home energy firm Sense has found. That’s a tidy amount, but homeowners’ savings can vary wildly depending on which part of the U.S. they live

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Keep Your Solar Panels Clean: 5 Tips for Cleaning Solar Panels

Neglected solar panels can cost you up to a 25% decrease in electricity produced. This electricity hits your wallet by requiring you to source the necessary electricity from a utility company. Cleaning solar panels may not be the first task on your mind. Panels are outside, but that doesn’t mean that rain will do all

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How Should You Install Solar Panels on Your Roof?

Homeowners in Idaho should consult a professional before planning to install their roof-mounted solar panels if they want to maximize the efficiency of harnessing power from sunlight. There are different solar energy companies in Boise and other cities but ask around from service providers with licensed technicians. You could narrow your list up to three

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Agents say green home features help to sell

Real estate agents are becoming increasingly aware of the advantage of energy efficient features within a home, with 69% saying that promoting these aspects was “very” or “somewhat” valuable, according to the National Association of Realtor’s newly released Realtors & Sustainability report. The NAR survey of around 6,000 real estate professionals demonstrates that agents should

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Zillow analysis shows homes with solar panels sell for more

More than 80 percent of home buyers say energy-efficient features are important, a truth that’s reflected by data showing homes with solar energy systems fetch higher prices. A new Zillow analysis shows homes with solar-energy systems sold for 4.1 percent more on average than others nationwide in the past year. The sale premium varies by

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California set to vote on solar power requirement for new homes

California is said to be on the cusp of making solar power a standard requirement for every new home built in the state.

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