The benefits of home solar energy
Solar energy can save you lots of money and is environmentally friendly. Hard to imagine? Read on to see why we love it and think you will too.
Free yourself from ever-increasing electricity bills
If paying $120 or more per month for your electricity bill makes you cringe, you’re not alone. But we’ve got good news: switching to solar energy will almost certainly stabilize your energy costs and save you money. And you won’t have to deal with steeply rising electricity rates again. Your wallet will thank you.
Your system will pay for itself in 5-7 years, and then you’ll enjoy close to free electricity for the life of your system — typically 25+ years. Most of our customers will save 25-75% over the life of their solar system, which can add up to tens of thousands of dollars.
Low monthly payments and little to no money down options make it easier than ever to take advantage of the benefits of solar energy, like eliminating your electric costs and your monthly bill anxiety.
Call for a free consultation where an experienced Solar Energy Consultant will walk you through the numbers.
Use as much electricity as you like, guilt-free
What if you didn’t have to sweat the cost of running a third load of laundry, heating the pool, plugging in your electric car or setting the thermostat to 68 in the summer?
Solar power lets you use energy the way you want without fretting a high electric bill at the end of the month. You can expect a steady monthly expense no matter how much energy you use or how much rates increase.
Southern California has some of the highest energy costs and annual sunshine in the nation — the perfect combination to yield maximum solar benefits!
Solar power improves your home’s value
In addition to saving you money on your electric bill, solar panels also improve home value. According to a Lawrence Berkeley Labs conducted a multi-state study , solar systems increase home value more than almost any other home improvement investment.
In fact, your home value has the potential to offset the added cost of the solar panels entirely. So your purchased system not only saves you money on your electric bill, but also adds value if you sell your house in the future.
Read more > How Solar Affects your home’s value
Protect yourself from energy blackouts
A switch to solar decreases your dependence on your utility provider because solar panels allow you to generate your own electricity with the power of the sun.
When you add a battery backup to your solar system, you gain even more independence as you’re not only generating your own power, you’re also storing it to use when you need it. With a solar + battery combo system, you’re no longer grid-tied so your house stays powered even through a blackout.
Reduce your carbon footprint with renewable energy
One of the solar energy advantages is that generating power for your home with solar panels doesn’t pollute the atmosphere with harmful greenhouse gas emissions like traditional power.
Choosing to harvest the sun’s power as a renewable energy source helps eliminate the burning of fossil fuels that is leading us toward global warming, and reduces your carbon footprint on the environment. It’s a proactive way you can leave a green legacy for future generations.
Over 25 years, a 5kW solar electric system is estimated to offset:
- 298,108 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2), the leading greenhouse gas.
- 928 pounds of nitrogen oxide (NOX), which creates smog.
- 840 pounds of sulfur dioxide (SO2), which causes acid rain.
- 57 pounds of particulates that cause asthma.
- 470,407 miles driven in an average car, or 18,816 miles a year.
There’s little maintenance associated with solar energy. Once your equipment is installed by a professional, not much upkeep is needed to maintain the system.
Every couple of years or so we recommend giving the system a health check so it continues to generate optimal power. Baker can take care of this for you.
You get a tax credit
The Solar Investment Tax Credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in federal income tax for anyone who purchases solar panels for their home or business. The current credit is 26% of the system cost, which equates to a decent tax break for most people.
Read more: Tax credits and grants