Solar panels are becoming more and more popular these days, and there are more than a few reasons why. Among other benefits, having a solar panel (or multiple solar panels) above your house to provide you with your power is excellent for the environment because it uses renewable energy from the sun rather than burning fossil fuels, which itself inflicts damage upon the environment- and uses up a resource of which there is not an infinite amount. And yes, using solar energy might even make you eligible for a tax break!

But the benefits of using solar panels don’t just stop there. Solar panels can also provide benefits to your house itself, too!

Here are three specific ways in which the usage of solar panels can help benefit your property:

Solar panels can reduce or even eliminate your electric bill

Not only can solar panels make you eligible for a tax break, but they can actually do a great deal to reduce your cost of living as well. Solar panels can save you hundreds of dollars on your electric bill, as solar panels require only sunshine to operate, as opposed to lots of money. Depending on where you live and how much electricity you’re used to using, switching over to solar energy might get rid of your need to pay an electric bill altogether. Instead of spending that money on something you can get for free (energy to power your home), save that money and use it to treat your family or friends to something special.

Solar panels can increase the value of your home

If and when the time comes to sell your house, you can really impress an environmentally-conscious family with the fact that you already have solar panels in place, which could drive up the price some. People who are looking for a new home to live in use the potential cost of living as one of the primary factors in their decision of which house to buy, and a house that has already had solar panels installed means that they would be taking over a house that is, by default, cheaper to live in than a similar house without them. And if they really like the location of your house, it saves them the trouble of having to install the solar panels themselves.

Solar energy is a dependable power source

If a power line is knocked down, you could be without electricity, and thus power, for hours, days, or even weeks. All the while, you’re at the mercy of the power company, hoping that they’ll fix the power by a certain time. This isn’t a worry with renewable energy, which will always be available to you as long as the sun exists. Even on dark, cloudy days when the sun isn’t shining at all, solar panels can still function at about 15% or 20% capacity. That’s enough to keep items in your refrigerator from spoiling and keep the temperature inside your house from going completely haywire.