Solar energy has become increasingly popular for both homeowners and businesses. In a previous blog, we discussed some of the major benefits of adding solar panels to your home. Unfortunately, there are some who are still skeptical about exchanging their traditional energy source for solar energy. In today’s post, we will highlight some of the most common myths about solar energy in an attempt to persuade you to make the switch.
If you’re convinced that solar energy is the right move for you, the experts at Evident Solar in Fort Collins can help you make the transition. We have the knowledge and expertise to help you design a solar power system that will work for both your home and your budget. Call us at 970-316-3311 to schedule a free consultation and let the experts at Evident Solar change the way you use energy. If you’re still not convinced, continue reading below to learn some of the most common myths about solar energy.
Solar Panels Don’t Work In Cloudy Weather
Many people are under the impression that since solar panels convert sunlight into energy, that they won’t work when it’s cloudy. While production of energy does go down on cloudy days, solar panels are still an excellent option for people who live in areas that see a lot of cloudy weather. It’s more important to think about the number of sunny days you get a year. If you live in a generally sunny area, one cloudy day won’t affect your overall energy output.
Solar Panels Require A Lot Of Maintenance
Solar panels are designed to withstand the elements. After all, these durable panels will be exposed to all types of weather 365 days of the year. Because solar panels are made to last and don’t have any moving parts, they will require very little if any maintenance. You won’t have to worry about trying to fix your solar panels or hire a professional to perform maintenance on a regular basis.
You Don’t Plan On Living In Your Home Long Enough To See An Improvement
Solar panels are costly, which is why many people are hesitant to make the investment. However, after installing your panels, you could start seeing savings by the time you get your next energy bill. Not to mention, many state and federal agencies allow for tax deductions and incentives for those who use solar energy. While the upfront cost is expensive, you’ll soon learn that it doesn’t take long to see a return. It’s also good to keep in mind that if you do plan on moving in the near future, solar panels can add as much as $15,000 to your property value.
Solar Panels Will Damage Your Roof
It’s natural to worry that solar panels will damage your roof after they are installed, especially since roof repairs can be costly. You’ll be happy to know that when you hire professionals to install your solar panels, they take extra precaution not to damage your roof during the installation process. Since solar panels are installed a few inches above the roof as opposed to directly on top of it, in many cases solar panels actually help to prolong the life of your roof. The solar panels will help to protect your roof from the elements, helping to preserve its quality.
Solar Panels Will Look Ugly On My Roof
The aesthetic appeal of solar panels will depend on your roof. That being said, because solar panel installation is becoming increasingly popular among residential homes, many professionals will be able to position the panels so that they maximize sun exposure while also minimize visual impact. If you’re really concerned about how solar panels will look on your roof, you may want to look into solar shingles, which will easily blend in to your existing roof.
Solar Panels Will Store Extra Energy In Batteries
Unfortunately, your solar panels do not store extra energy in batteries. When your panels are installed, they are connected to the power grid using net metering. As the panels convert sunlight into energy, that energy is stored in the grid, and as a result, you will be credited for the energy that your solar panels contribute to the power grid.
If you’re adamant about having a battery added to your solar power system, there are ways that you can do so. However, it is important to note that if you have a battery added to your system, it will cost more in installation, maintenance, and materials.
Solar Panels Are Bad For The Environment Once They Stop Working
As we mentioned earlier, solar panels are built to last. They have been designed to keep working for up to 25 years. Instead of adding to the landfill problem, once your solar panels reach the end of their life, they can be recycled. In fact, depending on the manufacturer, you may be able to recycle your solar panels free of charge!
These are just a few of the myths about solar panels, but if you’re interested in learning more the experts at Evident Solar in Fort Collins can help! We can help you decide if solar energy is the right path for you during your free consultation. Start saving energy and contact Evident Solar today!