What Are Your Goals?
Having solar panels installed on your home can have many benefits, such as reducing your energy bill, cutting fossil fuel use, and maybe even earn carbon credits. Your solar system can also function as a backup power source in case the grid is down – as often happens during our harsh Maine winters.
Reduce Fossil Fuel Usage
Using renewable energy such as solar pv panels can be a great way to reduce fossil fuel usage. Not only are these renewable resources cleaner and cheaper, but they also have less of an impact on the environment.
There are many ways to reduce fossil fuel usage, including improving your home’s energy efficiency, switching out appliances for more efficient models, and installing a heat pump. In addition, you can reduce your energy bill by lowering the heating temperature in your home.
Installing solar panels on your home is a great way to reduce fossil fuel usage. Solar panels can be installed on your roof or in your yard. They work by collecting energy from the sun and sending it to your main grid. This means that you can use less – or even no – electricity from your power company, which means not only will you pay less, less fossil fuels will need to be used.
Save on Electricity Bills
Getting a solar panel system installed at your home can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the system. While the savings can vary according to your personal needs, most solar households stand to save money each month.
Solar panels are a renewable resource, meaning they generate electricity without generating greenhouse gas emissions. When your solar panels produce more than you consume, you can use the excess electricity to sell to your power company or store it for later use.
The average Maine household spends $2,316 per year on electricity. That’s a whopping $193 per month. Additionally, inflation is rapidly driving this amount higher with each passing month. The Maine Public Utilities Commission approved a 41% increase this year alone.
Depending upon the size of the solar system you choose, your expensive monthly electric bill can be greatly reduced or even eliminated altogether. Once your system is installed, inflation of monthly electrical bills could be a thing of the past.
Have Backup Power for When The Grid Is Not Working
Another option is a solar system with battery backup. This system uses solar panels, a battery bank, and a specially-designed hybrid inverter to create enough power to maintain a home’s critical loads, including heating and cooling.
Having backup power for when the grid is not working is important. Especially during winter, when ice storms can take down electrical lines, heavy winds can cause temporary power outages, and tropical cyclones can cause days of problems with electricity delivery.
A solar power battery storage system can keep your home powered during an outage. The price varies depending on the size of the battery system you choose. Battery backup systems are designed with a hybrid inverter. This inverter can supply some power during an outage, and will disconnect your home from the grid when it is needed. With the hybrid inverter, when the grid is down you’ll be drawing power from your battery bank, and well with whatever power is being generated by the solar panels.
Another option with a battery backup system is to incorporate a backup generator. These devices work like standby generators, but can also be used to recharge the battery bank when the solar panels alone are not enough (such as nights and cloudy days).
All of The Above
Investing in solar panels is not only a good idea, but it can also help you achieve several goals. Adding a solar system to your home can help you reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce your electric bill, and even increase the value of your home.
One of the most important goals of installing solar panels at your home is to reduce your dependence on fossil fuels, which are said to contribute to global climate change. Fossil fuels are also the primary cause of air pollution. These fuels are finite and prices can rise quickly. Therefore, homeowners should take advantage of tax credits and incentives while they are still available. .
At Pine State Solar, we can help you with every aspect of choosing, designing and installing the perfect system to help you achieve your goals.