Sunday, January 16, 2011

Is Solar Power Right For Your House?

Our monthly heating gas and electric bill arrived last week and, even though we try to remember to turn off lights and don't keep the heat up that high, it definitely reflected the cold weather that we've had around here lately.

Having already made home improvements that have helped the efficiency of our home (e.g. a new furnace, new windows and siding, etc), other than putting on yet another layer of clothing... what else is there to do?

Well, maybe it's time to start thinking of natural ways to heat our home. And the first one that comes to mind is to harness the power of the sun and consider a home solar power system from SunRun.

As the nation's leading home solar power service company, SunRun takes all the guesswork out of everything from solar panels to installation to financing and everything in between. Currently available in only seven states, SunRun locations are based on the amount of sun, price of electricity and state and local rebates specific to each location. (Just one more reason that we should move out of the Midwest and head to Hawaii, maybe?)

With quite a few benefits to including residential solar to your home (such as a significant increase in value, helping the environment and, of course, saving money), SunRun makes it easy to see the value of this type of investment. As they also have plenty of financing and leasing options available, getting started with solar power can be done in a few quick steps.

So, if you own your home, pay $45 or more a month for electricity and have a roof with little shading that faces south, east, or west, now might be a great time to look into all that solar can do for you!

What do you think? Is solar power something that would work in your area? Would you be interested in including solar panels on your house?


Annette said...

I'm not sure if we would have enough sun in our area for solar panels, but I agree that solar is the way to go! Heck, if they made a car that ran off solar power, I'd buy it tomorrow!

Unknown said...

Totally understood solar panels when I lived in Hawaii and California. But now I'm in Minnesota and my roof is currently covered in snow. And will be for awhile. Anyone know how snow affects solar panels?

Anonymous said...

Hmmm in NY I don't think so. We need to get our home updated to help on our Electricity and Gas. Hopefully new windows, and doors this Spring!

Christina said...

They would probably help on our house in Maryland. I don't know if they would help prolong the life of our roof. The initial cost is steep.

dannyscotland said...

Oh I want solar power at my house SOOOOOOO BAD!!! I have no idea if our roof faces the right way, or if we get enough light (I think we do) but I want it want it want it!!

MIG said...

I would love to have solar panels! They are on my wish list. But you probably already knew that about me. :)

Anonymous said...

Delighted to be part of the solution!
Acro Energy
Installer for SunRun in California

Sassy said...

I live in the middle of the desert where our summers reach 120s. I would LOVE solar. Our bills are outrageous in the summer months. I cringe at the thought of checking the mail during those months.