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Why Buy Solar Panels in Austin, TX?

It’s hard for 1876 Energy not to be a little bit zealous when talking about all the benefits ‘going solar’, but there’s something you ought to know if you’re considering joining the clean energy revolution: there are some tremendous benefits to going solar!

We’re counting out the top ten reasons that you should buy solar panels for your home below, but make no mistake – solar is by no means a one, five or even ten trick pony. 

1.  Energy Security

It’s an unfortunate fact of life, but electricity rates go up. They’ve consistently gone up in the past, and they’re undoubtedly going to increase in the future. The electric grid is going to start feeling some growing pains thanks to increased demand, so it’s never been more important to shield your home from the volatility of energy prices.

With solar, you’re effectively locking in your rates for decades by removing some of your dependence on your utility. Every bit of electricity your residential solar power system produces is that much less you have to purchase. Even if you lease your system or pay for it using a solar loan, you’re in most cases still paying less to your utility than you would without solar panels.

2.  A Durable Investment

Unlike buying a car, when you buy solar panels for your home you’re investing in the future. Solar panels require very little maintenance because there are no moving parts. In all likelihood, your panels will sit comfortably on your rooftop (or on the ground) for decades, and the only thing you’ll have to worry about is occasionally giving them a good cleaning now and then.

3.  Solar Rebates and Incentives

Buying solar panels for your home is a simple, smart decision. Taking advantage of generous solar rebates and incentives to pay for said panels is an even bigger no-brainer. Currently, homeowners looking to go solar can benefit tremendously from the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and – where available – pair it with local or state rebates for solar panel installations.

Take the Austin Energy solar rebate, for example. As of November 2018, the municipal utility is offering a $2500 rebate for a system over 3.5 KW AC for eligible solar power systems. This means for an average-sized system, you could cut the cost of going solar by almost half by pairing the ITC with this local rebate.

4.  Increase your property value

Multiple studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher property values and sell more quickly than non-solar homes. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar installations into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more educated about solar, demand for properties equipped with solar panel systems will continue to grow.

5.   Boost U.S. energy independence

The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key component of achieving energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capacity to generate electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our country from price fluctuations in global energy markets.

6.  Create jobs and help your local economy

According to The Solar Foundation, the solar industry added jobs at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 201, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the country. This growth is expected to continue. Because solar-related jobs tend to be higher paying and cannot be outsourced, they are a significant contributor to the U.S. economy.

7.  Protect the environment

Solar is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can significantly decrease that number. A typical residential solar panel system will eliminate three to four tons of carbon emissions each year—the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.

8.  Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability

Sustainability and corporate social responsibilities are important components of an organization’s culture and values. They also produce bottom-line results. Increasingly, consumers and communities are recognizing and rewarding businesses that choose to operate responsibly. Businesses are finding that “green” credentials are a powerful driver of consumer purchasing decisions, creating goodwill and improving business results.

9.  Solar Energy systems are durable

Solar panels have no moving parts, and so are not damaged easily.  This lowers the chance for an interruption in service.

All solar panels are exhaustively tested to ensure that they can withstand high winds and extreme weather conditions, such as hail and heavy snowfall. Every solar panel used by skilled installers such as 1876 Energy is guaranteed to be as strong or stronger than your roof itself.

10.  Either way, you can’t keep the money

Whether you’re spending money to make an investment in solar energy or giving that money to your utility provider, it is still money that is being spent. Deciding to go solar is very much similar to deciding to purchase a home.  You can invest in yourself and take control of your energy costs, or continue to pay your utility provider for rented energy monthly, owing them frequent payments and remaining subject to their fees and requirements. Every step towards independence, from owning a home to controlling your energy, gives you the freedom to make additional choices about how you live and own your own life. Going solar, purchasing a solar energy system for your house is a way to invest in yourself and your family, and makes a big statement about how you choose to spend–and consume–your resources.

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