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Why is Solar Energy Better?

Jan 8, 2021 | Solar 101, Trending Now

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There are many benefits to solar energy. In this article, we’ll dive into the top 3 reasons why solar energy is better.

The Obvious: Solar Energy is Better for The Environment

In today’s current method of heating and cooling our homes and businesses, the process of electricity production is done through the consumption of finite fossil fuels. While the short-term use of fossil fuels financially works for our world, the long-term effects on our environment could be financially debilitating on future generations. Solar energy, especially in the sunny state of California, is more beneficial to the environment. It is a small, yet smart way to invest in the future of cleaner energy production.

Energy Independence

It’s a hot summer day. You’re at work in a nice, cool building unaware a rolling blackout has just come through your neighborhood. When you arrive home, you find the food in your fridge and deep freezer have gone bad. Now what? After all of your food is replaced, how can you be sure it wouldn’t happen again? Potentially the next day?

Solar energy eliminates this problem. If you haven’t experienced a rolling blackout in California, there’s a good chance it will happen to you at some point in the future. California has involuntary blackouts due to the infrastructure of electrical grids.

Now, with the growing concern of wildfires in the Golden State, governmental mandates can (and will) trigger PSPS, or Public Safety Power Shutoffs, at any time the weather is concerning. One of the many benefits of solar energy is that you will be energy independent, meaning no stress of being without power at any given time. 

Money, Money, Money

It’s probably obvious that most California residents have noticed an increase in their energy bill during the summertime. Over-the-top summer temperatures keep us running back to click the thermostat down throughout the day. With the impact of Covid-19, and the tidal wave of folks working from home all day during the summer, more than a few have probably noticed the real consequence of energy use all day during these scorching months. The silver lining? California gets more than 14 hours of *free* sunshine during the summer.

Some CA utility customers produce so much energy with their solar-powered homes, utility companies will end up owing them money at the end of the month. Companies will try to offset these costs by fluctuating their prices yearly, leaving non-solar using customers in the dark about the potential costs of their home energy bill. A 5-to-7-year investment into solar will have a 20-to-25-year return and increases the value of your home if you choose to sell. Lawrence Berkeley Labs conducted a multi-state study that established that a purchased solar system increased the value of a home more than any other investment on a property. The potential home value increase generally offsets the purchase price of the solar entirely.

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