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By Holly Glem | February 16, 2016

5 Common Solar Power Myths

Solar energy has grown immensely during the last decade as homeowners across the United States continue searching for ways to save money on their energy bill and protect the environment.

Many companies, like Blue Raven Solar, offer solar power to homeowners for no money down and provide a way for them to save money every month on their energy bill. However, there are still many myths floating around that prevent people from making the switch from grid electricity to solar energy.

Whether you are well-versed on the subject of solar energy or you’re completely unfamiliar with the concept, it’s important to make sure you have all the facts before deciding if solar energy is right for you.

We’re counting down the top 5 solar energy myths that we hear potential customers speak of all the time. Next time you hear someone repeat one of these myths, you’ll know better. So sit back, relax, and prepare to debunk some myths!

#1: Solar Energy is Never $0 Down


Actually, it is. The demand continues to increase for solar energy, the price continues to go down as well. Many companies offer complete installation for $0 down.

In addition to the $0 upfront cost, you never have to worry about maintenance on the panels either; so you’re saving money on your power bill while doing nothing in return. It’s a win-win for every customer!

#2: Solar is Only for Brand New Roofs


There are certain conditions that need to be met before your home can be approved for solar panels, but by no means is a new roof always required. If your roof is older then it may be necessary to have your roof re-done, but in most cases the solar panels can be installed without any additional remodeling or labor.

If it’s determined that your roof needs to be re-done down the road, the solar company can remove the panels while the roof is being mended, and then they will re-install them once the job is complete. 

#3: Solar is Only Useful in Extremely Sunny States


Solar panels still produce energy even with bad weather. Many customers believe that solar is only beneficial in states that have a lot of sunshine. If you want to use solar energy as an excuse to move to California or Florida, then we can’t help you here. Did you know that Germany, one of the first countries to employ solar energy, produces double the amount of energy than America and Canada produce, with less sunlight? Case and point: solar energy can work well and offer you savings in any state.

#4: Solar Energy is Just a Passing Trend


Solar energy shows absolutely zero signs of slowing down. Solar panel installations increased by 42% in 2013 in the United States alone, and that number is expected to increase dramatically over the next 5-10 years.

People love the idea of solar energy because it saves them money as well as protects the environment. The government is also concerned about environmental issues, it seems they will continue to offer tax incentives and subsidize it for the foreseeable future.

#5: The Money You Save With Solar Isn’t Worth it


Did you know that many homeowners can save as much as $20,000-$40,000 over a period of 20-25 years?

So, while the monthly savings may not blow you away, just keep in mind that over time you are going to be putting a lot of money back into your pocket if you switch to solar. You’ll also be contributing to a better environment, which is an added plus.

Topics:   Learn About Solar, Efficiency

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