Tag Archives: 2016

Solar Panels = Home Improvement

“I don’t think I’ll live in my home long enough to see the benefit of solar panels.” “I’m planning on moving within a few years, so I’m not sure solar panels are worth it.”

These are common obstacles our customers face when thinking about investing in a home solar system. We’re here to step you through it. Whether you stay in your home for the next year or 25 years, solar panels increase the value of your home and give you an instant return on investment while you live in your home. How? Let us tell you.

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What Two Little Mice Can Teach You About Saving Money

Let us start where it all began (and you’ll have to read to the end to get it). In the late 1990s Spencer Johnson, M.D. penned a business motivation book titled Who Moved My Cheese? The book is less than 100 pages, but the message of the book is so powerful that it spent nearly five years on the New York Times bestseller list and continues to be one of the best-selling business books year after year.

Who Moved My Cheese? tells the story of two mice, Sniff and Scurry (these are the ones that can teach you an important lesson, here!), and two little people, Hem and Haw, all of whom spend their days in a maze looking for cheese. Early in the story the main characters find a room that has a lot of cheese. They return to that room every day and enjoy the cheese – that is, until one day when they enter the room and the cheese is gone.

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Dear Wanda: I’m Jealous of California. Can We Have Solar Here Too?

DearWanda

Dear Wanda,
I’ve lived in Cincinnati for a long time. On a recent trip to California, I saw tons of solar panels. Is that because they’re all a bunch of new-age folks out there? What’s the deal with solar panels? Can they even be used in the Tristate?
Sincerely,
California Traveler

Dear California Traveler,
Hope you had a great time! Oh, the sight of so many solar panels makes my heart skip a beat. California has often led the country with pollution-beating alternative energies, and sometimes that leaves the rest of us wondering why.

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Solar Power: How Much You Can Actually Save

You already know going solar saves you money, but you may still wonder exactly how much. Precisely how much solar panels can offset your electricity usage depends on a few variables, including how much electricity you use, the size of your solar system, the direction it faces and how much sun you get on your particular property.

This breakdown shows how the electricity offset by solar affects The Jones Family Savings at 123 Main Street, Anywhere, USA, dollar-by-dollar. These savings were calculated based on an average monthly electrical usage of 1,500 kilowatt hours (kwh) and a $0.12 cost per kwh. The Jones Family’s solar panels will offset 99 percent of those 1,500 kwh.

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Home Solar Systems Can Save and Make You Money

DearWanda

Dear Wanda,
I’m thinking about installing solar by the end of the year, so I can get the tax credit back sooner when I file my taxes in a few months. But, I want to be sure I’m investing my money in the best way possible. Can you help me understand how solar will save me money? Does it increase the value of my home? What kind of rate of return on my investment can I expect?

Sincerely,
Wants to Go Solar (But Still Not Sure)

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Five Things You Need to Know About Solar Power and Your Home’s Value

“What if I move?” “I don’t think I’ll stay in this home long enough to get solar panels.” “If I’m planning on moving, why would I get solar panels?” “If I don’t live here long enough to pay off the investment, I can’t get solar panels.” These are questions and comments we’ve heard from some of our customers when they’ve begun to think about investing in solar panels for their home. Whether you live in your house your whole life, or you move in 5, 10, 15 years, going solar is a wise investment (that will pay off!).

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Five Things You Need to Know About Home Batteries

You’ve read all about how solar panels generate clean energy and, just as importantly, save you massive amounts of money. But, have you read about home batteries? Home batteries are charged by the energy your solar panels generate to power your home. Think of a home battery like a regular battery, except that instead of powering your TV remote, it powers your house (so it’s just a little bit – okay a lot – bigger).

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10 Reasons You Should Install Solar Power Now

Although we may be biased, we think solar is one of the best investments you can make. Convinced? Great. Give us a call. If not (WARNING: you will be once you read this blog), here are 10 things you’ll get when you install solar panels on your home.

1.You get a tax credit worth thousands of dollars.
When you purchase and install a solar system on your home, you’re eligible to receive a 30 percent federal solar investment tax credit. This is thousands of dollars you’ll get right back into your pocket, significantly decreasing the cost of solar installation.

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Five Things You Need to Know About the Solar Tax Credit

When you purchase and install a solar system, you are eligible for a solar investment tax credit. This was developed to support the deployment of solar energy in the United States. Long story short, solar energy is the way to go. Here are five things to know about the big bucks you can get from Uncle Sam for installing solar power in your home.

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The Road to Your Solar Savings

Starting to think about installing solar panels? In the midst of your solar savings decision process? You’ve come to the right place. Welcome to the road to your solar savings! Along the way, you may have encountered a few bumps: cost, payment, appearance and function. We’re here to smooth those out for you and get you to the end of the road where you’ll find some serious savings.

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