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Are you starting a renovation? Or maybe you are building a new house? While solar panels are still rather new to the residential industry, they are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason.

You’ve probably already considered them, or had someone recommend them to you, but switching to solar panels is a big step, and is definitely something that should come with some research.

The reality is, solar doesn’t have to be expensive; while solar panels come with both pros and cons, as does everything, there are many reasons why you should add solar panels to your home.

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

The main reason that most people consider going solar is the fact that it is way more environmentally friendly that other options.

While solar panels require a lot of energy to manufacture, from mining the raw materials needed, to processing them usable materials, the energy used to build solar panels is quickly recouped once they are being used; typically the energy used is recouped in less than 4 years, and many solar panels are said to last 30+ years.

Once being used, solar panels create 3-10x less emissions than fossil fuels do, generating the same amount of energy. This can help reduce your homes carbon footprint. The sun provides us with clean, green, renewable energy, and there is more than enough sunlight for everyone.

Save Money (In the Long Run)

Solar panels are not cheap. Actually, they can be quite expensive. However, this is only true for the initial stages of switching to solar. More like, say, an investment. You will spend more money upfront than you would with other energy systems, but after the initial cost of purchasing and installing solar panels, you will see significant savings every month on your utility bill. It can even connect to your home heating system!

With the amount of savings you will see every month, it will not take long to recoup your initial investment. Additionally, as solar panels become more popular, more companies are beginning to manufacture them. This results in the price of solar panels dropping significantly, compared to just a few years ago.

If you can manage the upfront costs associated with installing solar panels, you will notice immediate savings and benefit financially in the long run.

Conclusion

As you can see, solar energy clearly has its benefits. Reducing your harmful impact on the environment and saving money are only two of the reasons why you should add solar panels to your home. Like everything, solar panels do come with their cons, however, when compared to alternative options, their pros seem to far outweigh the cons.

Switching to solar energy is becoming more common all over the world, and for good reason. It is never too late to make a positive change, both for yourself and for the planet, and solar panels are a great step towards a cleaner, healthier planet.