The first Earth Day took place on April 22nd, 1970 with the goal of a world-wide, deeper appreciation for our planet. Each year, 180 countries around the world celebrate this day to reflect on the environment and find solutions to help make it healthier.
Here at Current Electric, we want to do our part in keeping our planet safe and strong for generations to come. Therefore, we offer solar energy alternatives for your home or business. Not only is it good for the environment, it’s good for your wallet as well. Solar technology is a green power alternative that saves you money.
Even though it’s so beneficial, many people are still on the fence about making the switch to solar energy. We believe that solar energy is the way to go, so to help put your mind at ease, we’re here to show you all the ways that making the switch can benefit you!
Benefits of Going Solar
Soon after you have solar panels installed on the roof of your home or business, you’ll start to notice the benefits. If you’re wondering whether the investment is worth it, you’ll be happy to know that your new solar roof can pay you back, in full, in as little as five five to ten years! How many investments in your home can pay for themselves? With a new installation done by Current Electric, you’ll have:
- Reduced energy costs. Solar power keeps your money where it should be – in your wallet. After installation, you will literally be making your own electricity and lowering your electricity bills. Even if you partially offset your electric consumption, you’ll still see significant savings.
- Increased property value. Panels add instant property value to your home or business. Because they’re energy efficient and save on bills, it’s a major selling point. New research by the Department of Energy suggests that buyers were willing to pay a premium of $15,000 for a home with solar versus a similar home without!
- Investment. People have a wide range of ways to invest their money, but solar technology is one of the safest. Solar energy is predictable, and as electric rates rise, the investment becomes more and more beneficial.
Is Your Home Suitable for Solar?
Contrary to popular belief, a good amount of homes are suitable candidates for solar. Unless your home is completely surrounded by trees, there’s a good chance that a system can be installed. There are four major factors that come into play when deciding if your home is compatible: roof space, roof orientation, roof slope, and shading. If your home meets the requirements, you’re good to go!
Frequently Asked Questions
Here in Wisconsin, we’re used to inclement weather! This causes a lot of people to think solar isn’t worth it. This couldn’t be further from the truth, so we’re here to set the record straight! Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about snow and solar power in Wisconsin:
Does solar work with all the snow that we get?
Although production is higher in the summer months, the system will still function in the winter months, even after a big snow storm. Depending on the roof slope, the modules naturally shed the snow within a few hours to a couple of days. Further, even when the modules are covered with snow, the system can still produce energy, just at a lower level.
Does hail damage the modules?
In over ten years of installations, we have never seen a damaged solar module from a hail storm.
Can strong winds blow the modules off my roof?
No, the system and attachments are designed to withstand 90 MPH wind gusts, the same as your home or building is designed for.
Will it cause my roof to leak?
While we can’t say we have never had a roof leak, we can say 99.9% of all our roof penetrations have been leak free. Over the past decade, we’ve been called back to fix less than 5 roof leaks. Keep in mind we have over 5,000 roof penetrations, so the 5 leaks accounts for 0.1% leak rate.
If you’re wondering how you can help the planet this Earth Day, consider a solar installation on your home. If you’re still unconvinced, give us a call! We would be happy to answer and questions you may have. Current Electric will help you every step of the way!