Switching to solar in the Pacific Northwest has become increasingly popular in recent years. As more and more homeowners and business owners are looking for ways to save money, become self-sufficient, and be more eco-friendly, the installation of solar energy has become popular. If you’re considering installing solar on your home in either Oregon or Washington, here are five benefits to keep in mind:
1. Solar panels increase the value of your home
A study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that homes with solar sold for an average of 4.1% more than similar homes without solar energy systems. This shows that buyers are wanting homes that are more eco-friendly or that come with inherently lower energy bills compared to the non-solar home choices.
2. Solar panels can save you money on your electric bill
How much you’ll save depends on the size of your system, the amount of sun your area gets, and your electricity rates. But the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the average home solar panel system will save you $84 per month on your electric bill. If you’re considering solar, we recommend giving our Oregon and Washington solar calculators a try. They are free to use!
3. Solar energy fights climate change
Sunlight, a renewable resource, is used to power solar panels. Using solar panels makes us less dependent on fossil fuels, which are hard to find, and changes the climate by putting gases into the air. Also, by adding a battery backup to the system, you are protecting yourself against any natural disaster, like an earthquake, that might disrupt the power grid.
4. Solar panels require little maintenance
Once solar panels are installed, they require very little maintenance. You’ll need to occasionally clean them to remove dust, debris, and the occasional bird dropping, but that’s about it. Furthermore, all systems that are installed by Sunbridge Solar come with remote online monitoring. This allows you to check on the health of your renewable energy system no matter whether you are home or away on vacation.
5. Solar panels have a long lifespan
Solar panel installations are built to last 25+ years Most systems come with a 25-year manufacturer warranty, which usually covers the entire lifespan. The cost to replace any broken equipment is usually free because the manufacturer pays the installer to make the replacement. However, this is not always the case, and you should check with your installer prior to purchasing.
Try Our Free Solar Calculator for a Ballpark Estimate
Solar is a great way to reduce your electric bill, but it can be hard to determine without an onsite inspection by a company. One option to help you decide is to try our free solar calculator. It will give you a ballpark estimate of the cost and savings you can expect. Just enter your zip code to get started. (Try our Oregon Calculator or Washington Calculator today for free!)
Because there are many variables to consider (e.g., roof slope, type of roof, permits, and more), the best way is to contact us and speak with a solar consultant. They can help you answer any questions you have as well as perform an on-site inspection, giving you a more accurate estimate.
Consult with Our Trained Experts
Looking to make the switch to renewable energy? We have a team of solar consultants who are trained to help you every step of the way, from understanding how the system is installed to keeping an eye on it afterward. Don’t hesitate! Give us a call at 360-313-7190 or fill out our online form to get in touch with a solar pro today.
Who is Sunbridge Solar?
We are a Pacific Northwest solar company that wants to help individuals and companies make the right choice. We are a “turnkey” solar and battery backup installation company. This means that we can help you with every step of the solar process, from choosing the right system, and applying for the right permits to constructing it and showing you how to properly maintain it.
You won’t have to do anything besides choose which equipment to use, decide where to put it, and sign your name. We’ll handle the rest!
We think that everyone should be able to harness the power of the sun. We offer different ways to pay for solar to make it more affordable for people in our area. If you’re ready to switch, contact us today to set up your free solar consultation, or call us at 360-313-7190 to speak to someone today.