There are many advantages and disadvantages to putting solar panels on your home. Some advantages are eliminating energy costs, using a renewable energy source, and helping save the planet while adding value to your home. Some disadvantages are the upfront cost of installing the panels, weather dependency, and the need for a lot of roof space. Keep reading to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of installing solar panels.

Advantages 

Eliminate Energy Costs 

Your energy bill will drop since you would meet some or all of the energy needs with the electricity your solar panel system would generate. The amount of money you save on your energy bill will depend on the size of your system and your energy usage. 

Renewable Energy Source 

Solar power is a renewable source of energy. It has far fewer pollution effects than other power sources. A renewable resource means we cannot run out of it, unlike other sources of energy like fossil fuels. Solar energy can be harnessed all around the world and is available every day in most places. 

Help Save The Planet 

Planet Earth

Having solar panels saves on electricity you are using from your area’s grid. You might not be able to satisfy all of the energy needs your

home has but you may be able to satisfy some. Having solar panels on your home greatly reduces emissions and your carbon footprint. 

Add Value To Your Home 

Having solar panels on your home is seen as energy efficient. The lower cost of utility bills can draw in potential home buyers when you go to sell your home. Not only can it draw in potential home buyers but it can also bump up the value of your home.

Disadvantage 

Upfront Cost 

Getting solar panels requires an upfront investment. The initial cost of getting a solar panel system installed is costly. The panels, storage batteries, inverter, wiring, and labor are all involved in the installation process. Most companies do offer finance options and there are resources available to see if the cost may be worth it for the energy bill. The investment can be worth it

Weather Dependent

Solar panels are weather dependent. They will only collect energy if they can collect from the sun. The efficiency of collecting solar goes down on a rainy or cloudy day. Solar energy will not be collected at all at night. 

Needs a lot of roof space 

The more power you want to produce the more solar panels you will need. More solar panels mean that more sunlight can be collected. It is important to consider the size of your roof and the amount of energy you want to produce. You may have to consider getting fewer panels to still be able to satisfy some of your energy needs.

 

Do you believe your house qualifies for the installation of solar panels? Would you like to schedule a home efficiency audit to make sure that your house is a true friend to our planet?