JNA Solar Benefits to Residential Homeowners
The cost of living in Los Angeles has gone through the roof over the past decade, yet average wages have remained stagnant, or declined. Homeowners need to find new ways to survive and to secure their own futures by lowering the cost of powering and maintaining their homes. Alternative energy is the future, and investing today will be the only way to guarantee that your utility bill will not continue to skyrocket as the cost of electricity from your utility company goes up, temperatures continually rise, and fossil fuels become increasingly scarce and more expensive.
Preparing for the Future
There are various types of alternative energy, but the adoption of solar energy is the fastest growing in the world. The US may be lagging behind, however, adoption rates are multiplying each year. There is an estimated 30 million Americans who now benefit from solar energy today. The initial investment can seem steep, but there are many subsidies that can reduce the cost significantly.
Solar power is valued by the kilowatt. At the end of the day, the more energy a system can produce, the more it will cost. Before you choose to go solar, you should first examine your average energy usage over (at least) a few months to decide what size of a system you actually need. Be very careful in not allowing a solar company to sell you a larger system than you need. Not only does purchasing too big of a system kill your return on investment, but it is also illegal in many states.
Prior to going solar, it is good a practice to look into alternative (and very cost-effective) ways to reduce your utility bill. These include, purchasing LED light bulbs, moisture barrier protections, insulated windows, and climate controls. Better individual habits like unplugging electronics that are not being used, killing lights when you leave the room, and utilizing modern devices will likewise cut into that bill. Once you’ve covered your bases, it is now a great time to go solar.
Opportunities DO Exist
In addition to paying cash for your solar system, there is a menu of financing options available. In most cases, you can purchase your own solar system with little to no money down and very affordable monthly payments. Here in 2015, the cost of a solar system has fallen by over 60% in the last four years, and over half the price they were a few decades ago when they hit the market. This is widely considered to be the most cost-effect investment a homeowner can make towards their home.
Are You Determined to Save (the Environment)?
Keep in mind, you don’t have to be buying a new home or be living in a home that was built in the last decade. Transitioning to generating your own, clean energy through solar panels is just as viable on an old home as it is a new one. All you need to do is to have a recent roof inspection to make sure it is in serviceable condition. If one does need a new roof, then you might as well throw some new solar panels on top of your recent investment (especially because you can take advantage of the 30% Federal Tax Credit on both solar and your roof). Even if you do end-up needing roof repairs after you’ve installed your solar panels, it is not uncommon for the solar panel company to provide reinstallation to ensure no damage is done on either the removal or the installing of those panels.
Don’t sit there wondering if or how you can benefit from solar energy. Make a phone call to JNA Solar, and learn just how generous your state is with the subsidies and credits towards solar panel and alternative energy investments.