Few projects in the home improvement sector are greener than solar panel installation. After all, our reliance on fossil fuels can be blamed on everything from skyrocketing home heating and cooling costs to the potentially devastating effects of global warming, making it clear that anything a homeowner can do to reduce our dependency on non-renewable resources is a smart move from a green perspective. Add to that the fact that the sun is the most renewable energy resource in the solar system, and there's no doubt that solar panel installation is as green as it gets.
Green Remodeling, Solar Panels, and David Johnston
In order to bring you some sage advice in regards to introducing solar energy into your home, ServiceMagic is proud to be partnering up with green remodeling expert David Johnston, founder of the green consulting firm What's Working, Inc., and author of the Nautilus Award winning book Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time. Here's some advice, drawn from the experience, wisdom, and writings of Johnston, to help you go green if there's a set of solar panels in your future.
The Cost of Solar Panel Installation
Thanks to the rapidly advancing rate of technology, variations in the cost of solar from city to city and region to region, and the wide range of needs presented by different projects, it's nearly impossible to pin down an average cost for solar panels across the board. Your best bet is to collect bids from several local contractors experienced in solar panel installation to get a specific estimate for your home. What we can tell you is that the benefits of solar panels reach far beyond your initial investment. Solar panels are guaranteed to reduce your home energy bills for the next 20 to 30 years, making them an excellent example of a home improvement that is certain to pay for itself over timeand then some.
"Avoiding the Payback Trap": The True Value of Solar Panels
That being said, a wise homeowner looks beyond investments and returns when considering whether to go green. Making your money back is a big incentive, to be sure, but Johnston points out that other aspects of going green are far more valuable. For example, what value would you place on freeing yourself from the mental burden of worrying about next month's electricity bill, reducing your contribution to the production of harmful greenhouse gasses, or passing a better world onto your kids and grandkids? The truth is that these things have value far greater than any energy savings you might enjoy, making the real value of going green far greater than any figure using dollars and cents.
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Making the Leap: Solar Panel Installation
Johnston is quick to point out that installing a photovoltaic system in your home isn't a piece of cake. It requires that your contractor understands the ins and outs of local regulations, acquiring the proper permits, working with your utility company, and making the most of any rebates that your municipality or utility provider may offer. Furthermore, since installing solar panels involves your home's electrical system, roofing, and the installation of the panels themselves, it's important that your contractor has intimate knowledge of all three aspects. If you think going solar is the right choice for you, be sure to talk to your contractor about installing a photovoltaic system, find a contractor who specializes in solar energy solutions, or seek out the services of a green consulting firm to help you plan and design the best, and greenest, solar energy collection system you possibly can.