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Is Your Home a Good Candidate for Solar Panels?

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Solar Panels

Are you considering solar for your home? Some homes are better candidates than others, although living in sunny Arizona is usually enough in itself! There is plenty of sun to provide energy, and the facing of your home isn’t as important as you might think. You can have solar panels installed southeast, east and north-northwest.

It’s not just which properties are a good fit but also which households. Homes with large families consume a lot more energy than a couple of empty nesters and are probably going to see more benefits from going solar.

In this post, let’s look a few of the most important factors that determine whether or not your home is a good candidate for solar power.

How much are you currently paying for energy?

The purpose of going solar is to pay less than you currently pay for electricity, lock in your electricity rates and generate your own clean energy.

To determine if solar energy will be a cost effective switch for you, calculate how much energy you use on a monthly basis and how much your utility company charges. Many areas have different tiers of usage and are charged differently depending on the tier they’re in.

The general rule of thumb is that if you spend $100 or more on electricity each month, solar is a good investment. Going solar replaces utility energy with solar energy, and you want to see a return on this investment. If you’re already paying $100 or more each month, you will see a reduction on your energy bills.

What type of roof do you have?

The type of roof that your home has makes a difference, as it impacts the cost of installation. It’s easier and more cost effective to install solar panels on Spanish tile or shake compared to asphalt shingles since they are more brittle.

On the other hand, asphalt rooftops are generally stronger and more durable, so they make a good choice for solar panels, too. The difference is that installation takes more time and is more labor intensive, so it costs more on the front end.

How old is your roof?

Aside from the type of rooftop that you have, it also matters how old it is. If your roof is near the end of its lifespan, it’s recommended that you replace it. Solar panels have an average life expectancy of 30+ years, so a roof that is at the end of its life won’t hold up to a brand new solar panel installation.

Additionally, solar panels should always be installed on roofs that are in good condition. As long as you choose a qualified installer, the solar panel installation won’t harm your roof.

How much sunlight does your home see?

Living in Arizona, there is no limitation to sunny skies. That said, some homes naturally receive more sunlight than others. Consider the amount of shading that your home receives from nearby trees or obstructions. The more clear space, the better.

We also talked about the direction that your home faces. South facing is ideal, but this makes more of a difference for homes in the Northern hemisphere. There are many other options you can go with – east and north – and still receive plenty of energy.

If you are considering adding solar to your home, we recommend calling Cool Blew for a consultation. One of our installers will be happy to come out, take a look and provide you with a custom quote.

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How Much Will Solar Increase The Value Of Your Home?

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How Much Will Solar Increase The Value Of Your HomeThe money-saving value of a solar power system is obvious. Whatever the initial investment might be, what the homeowner gains back in reduced utility costs over time and the tax rebates and other possible incentives, makes solar energy a clear economic winner.

But there is another financial benefit of solar that many overlook, and that’s its effect on the value of a home. Continue reading

How To Estimate The Cost Of A Solar Power System

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How To Estimate The Cost Of A Solar Power System-CoolBlewYou have many things to consider when making the decision to switch to solar power. You must weigh the cost of installation against the benefits of having access to a cheaper power source.

As with any home improvement project, it is important to factor in how the project affects your overall property value.

Learn how to estimate the cost of a solar power system.
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Is Purchasing Solar Energy Panels Worth It?

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Is Solar Energy Worth It-Solar Panel Installation In Peoria-CoolBlewSolar panels can provide your home with energy for a very long time and are virtually maintenance-free. Provided the sun continues to shine, photovoltaic modules can provide power for decades. A solar power system consists of not only solar panels, but also batteries, regulators and inverters. The cost of these items and configuring the system can seem high, but the return you can see on your investment and the money you can save in the long run can definitely be worth it.

Fortunately, there are also programs designed to make the process of paying for and installing solar power systems easier for the average person. They include: Continue reading

5 Ways to Save Big with Solar

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solar-installAs we head into the cooler months, most Arizonans begin to see dramatic decreases in their electrical bill. Once the air conditioner is turned off, the savings can be in the hundreds of dollars each month. Of course, this is a welcome relief. Yet, wouldn’t it be even better if the monthly bills were consistently low all year long? Continue reading

Where Is The Future Of HVAC Headed?

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Where is The Future of HVAC Headed

Especially in the South, central air conditioning is a modern amenity without which most of us can’t imagine life. According to the Energy Information Administration, about 67% of Southern homes use their central air systems throughout the year, and it comes as little surprise that they also require more frequent central air repair.
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Energy Costs for A/C Getting Too Expensive?

Energy Costs for AC

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, nearly 68% of United States households utilize central air conditioning. The U.S. is home to a wide range of climates, from frigid to sweltering, that give us all the need to condition our air to our liking. However, this need to be comfortable has to be balanced with the need to meet rising energy costs.

Carbon Rally statistics show that the average American spends almost $300 a year on air conditioning. Although the EIA shows that coal production in the States is at an all-time high, reducing our electricity costs temporarily, as time goes on fossil fuels are set to become only more expensive; this fact will play out in our energy bills, according to the BBC. Americans looking to save money on air conditioning should consider the following tips and tricks for reducing their heating and cooling costs all year round.
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