|King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima @ Halle Pajol in Paris|
Not anymore. If you can afford to pay your electric bill, you can afford solar — and you’ll keep your electric bill from going up. You can even go solar for no money down and start saving right away
[TWO] How can I pay for solar and save?
You can pay for solar in two easy ways: monthly or upfront.
If you pay monthly, you’ll save money by paying less each month for solar power than you pay now for traditional power from your utility. If you pay upfront, you can lower your cost with tax credits and other incentives — and all the power your system generates is yours for free once the system pays for itself in a few years or so.
Whichever option you choose, your Domino concierge can get you free quotes from several installers.
[THREE] How will solar affect my home’s value?
Solar panels can increase the value of your home, particularly if you own your system. Having solar on your home may even make it easier to sell.
Before putting any panels on, your solar installer will verify that your roof is in good enough shape. Solar panels can actually protect your roof from wear and tear.
Solar panels are built to last for decades — in rain, snow, and of course, sun. Hosing the panels off now and then and keeping leaves off them in the fall is about the only maintenance required. Many installers will do that for you. And all equipment comes with long-term warranties — usually for 25 years.
[FIVE] Do I need a big roof? How do I know if I have enough sun?
But you don’t need to figure all this out yourself. Your installer will make this assessment for free.
|Halle Pajol, Paris|
[SIX] Aren’t solar panels ugly?
Some people think so, but there are options now for better-looking panels. And often, panels on a roof aren’t even visible from below. Panels these days are more sleek than they once were, and some people even opt for solar shingles.
Ask your Domino concierge for information on different types of panels.
[SEVEN] Can I get all my power from solar?
That depends on how much power you use and how big your roof is. Your solar system will still be connected to the electric grid you’re getting your power from now.
When your system generates more electricity than you use, the excess goes back to the grid and your meter runs backwards. You get a credit from your utility for that power, so you can use it when your system is not generating electricity — like at night.
[EIGHT] Shouldn’t I wait till solar technology improves?
Do you want to wait to start saving money? If you want to save now, the answer is no.
The biggest technology advances in solar have already happened. Going solar now means you’ll save on your power bill, and you’ll increase those savings more as power prices rise.
Some great rebates and incentives are in place today to encourage clean energy adoption. Those incentives won’t go on indefinitely, and some are already ending. So now is the best time to go solar and save.
[NINE] What if I can’t put panels on my roof?
If it turns out you can’t put solar on your roof, offsite solar, also known as community solar, might work for you. That’s where you buy solar power from panels installed in your community — so that even if you can’t put solar on your own roof, you can get clean power from the sun.