There are lots of ways you can reduce your electric bill, from making sure none of your appliances are left on standby to only using appliances during off-peak periods when your utility company offers deals for cheaper energy prices. Probably the best way of reducing your electricity bill is to create your own electricity, which of course you can do by having a solar energy system installed.
If you've made the decision to go solar, then first of all, congratulations! You've made a very important decision to take personal responsibility for your own energy usage, and the harmful emissions traditional energy sources such as coal and oil leave behind. By going solar, you're reducing the chances of global warming becoming more and more devastating by a tiny but very important degree. The more people who decide to use more environmentally-friendly energy sources, the larger that degree becomes, and by going solar you're paving the way for others to follow your example.
Before you leap in and splash out your hard-earned dollars on a solar energy system, there are quite a few financial and practical considerations you need to take into account. Investing in a solar energy system is a long-term investment, and even though you are to be applauded for your decision on an ethical basis, finances-wise, it will be quite a few years before you receive back in incentives and energy savings what you initially spent on your system. That means that if you're planning to move in a few years, it may be better off for you to leave off until then – although having a solar energy system installed in your home does add value to the sale price of your house, so there is always that to consider as well.
Weighing up the options
When it comes to solar energy, there are two basic options. The first, and most popular option, is to buy a solar energy so you own it outright. This means you will fully benefit from the energy that your system creates, and you can enjoy the tax breaks offered by the government to people who 'go solar', and the 'buy back' scheme that may be offered by your usual electricity supplier.
The second option is to, in effect, lease your available roof space. If you choose this option, a solar energy company will rent your roof space off of you, and use it to install their panels. They will then sell you the energy from the panels that you use for a price that's typically much cheaper than mains electricity, and they will collect and sell any surplus energy that the solar panels generate. You will not receive any tax breaks or incentives if you lease your roof, but then again you will not have to buy the system yourself for that sizeable initial outlay.
The US is starting to catch up
Solar energy systems are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, as the US begins to catch up with solar power trail-blazers such as Germany and Spain – although there is a long way for the US to go. Germany has a total solar power capacity per million people of 398.63MW, compared to 24.78MW in the USA. Several companies have sprung up who are willing to install solar energy systems, but the question is, who should you go for?
Thankfully, solar energy comparison websites have begun to spring up as well, such as the one here at GreenTopSites. All you have to do click on the “Get Quotes” button. From there, our site will easily put you in touch with solar energy system providers, both locally and nationally. We can also offer you details about the type of solar energy system that might best your needs.
Installing solar energy system can seem initially expensive, but the long-term benefits easily outweigh the initial expenditure, benefiting you, the planet, and the future of the human race.