Soaring utility prices and year-round sun make home solar panels a cheaper, smarter choice for a lower electricity bill in New Hampshire.
Why pay more for dirty power when you can save thousands with clean solar energy?
In an age of increasing climate concerns, renewable energy options are more important than ever. As technology continues to grow and improve, options to move towards green energy and renewable resources are becoming more accessible to homeowners across the country. At RGS Energy, we harness one of the most easily accessible renewable sources of energy, the sun.
Solar panels are a photovoltaic system, which means each of the cells within a solar panel has technology that converts the sun’s rays into an electric current in a similar way that a plant will convert sunlight to sustenance. Within each solar panel, there are smaller photovoltaic cells, also called PV or solar cells. One panel will usually have around 60 solar cells. But one panel is not enough to power very much; you will likely need somewhere between 10 and 20 panels to generate enough energy to power your home.
It is important that your solar panels are installed by a professional solar panel company. Part of the solar panel installation process is determining the optimal placement for your panels so they will get the most energy absorption throughout the day. Once your solar panels are installed and ready to go, the solar cells will begin to soak up sunlight. From there, an inverter installed with your solar panels will convert the direct current (DC) from the cells to an alternating current (AC), which is what your house actually uses to power all the electronics inside.
RGS Energy has been in the business of solar energy for nearly 40 years now, and in that time, both the technology involved in making photovoltaic cells and the benefits of choosing solar have continuously improved. Back in the late 70s, we sold panels that cost roughly $100 per watt; today, that cost is down to around $5 per watt for a larger watt solar array. Our founder discusses the improvements in technology here, if you’re interested in more details. During the life of your solar array, that can be a savings of thousands of dollars, even with the cost of your solar panels factored in. So, what are you waiting for? Go green and get saving with RGS Energy!
Getting solar energy for your home can be an amazingly worthwhile investment. But, because of the costs, it is not a decision to rush. Not only do you have to consider the expense, but you are also going to have a system installed on your home’s roof, meant to last 20 years or longer. This is not one of those “name brand vs generic grocery item” sorts of decisions. It is not even a “which car do we choose?” level of question. Solar panel installation is right up there with making major home renovations, so it is important to consider all the factors before you take the plunge and upgrade your New Hampshire home. Ask yourself:
1. Can your home handle it?
First and foremost, it is important to think structurally. You will need to figure out if your roof was built to bear the additional weight that a solar array will add. In addition, you should consider whether your roof receives enough light throughout the day—though, as technology improves, this is becoming a less important factor.
2. Is your home efficient enough?
The number of solar panels your home needs will depend on how much electricity your family uses. Making efficiency improvements like installing new windows and insulation, upgrading to Energy Star appliances, and so forth will help reduce your electricity needs, which will lower the number of solar panels your home requires.
3. Are you going to purchase your system outright or finance with a loan?
There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to how you’ll pay, as there are benefits associated with both options. A loan means you will owe less up front and see instant savings on your electric bill. Purchasing outright, as you imagine, means you will own the solar array on your home outright and you’ll realize the best long-term savings.
4. Are you allowed to have solar panels?
As solar energy becomes a more common option, the question of permission is slowly slipping away. However, some homeowners’ associations and local regulations will have a say in your solar panel options. For example, some HOAs have been known to only allow solar panels on rear-facing roof slopes, or forbid them from the neighborhood. Make sure you double check what is allowed in your area before signing on the dotted line.
Do these questions leave you scratching your head? Not to worry! The RGS Energy team is more than happy to help. We’re familiar with New Hampshire regulations and we have been installing solar panel systems for a long time. We’ll be more than happy to help you navigate the process and answer all of your questions along the way.
When you stop and think about it, we live in one of the most exciting times in human history. Considering the level of technological advancement we have achieved as a species in the last 50 years, it is quite staggering to think about the fact that many of the modern conveniences we take for granted every single day are, in many cases, younger than the people who are reading this page. Smartphones, computers, self-driving vehicles, and a myriad of other pieces of technology have changed the way that we go about our day to day lives and, if history is any indication, they will continue to shape our lives in ways that we cannot even fathom at this point in time. However, with these amazing technological achievements comes a price. All of these devices, and most of the devices that we rely on, consume electricity. While it is true that electricity has been one of the most important commodities in the world, at no point in history has electricity, and the way that this electricity is produced, been more important than it is now.
At RGS Energy, we have been helping people make the switch to solar since 1978. From humble beginnings as the Real Goods Store, we have been a national leader in the adoption of solar energy and, through these years of experience, we have seen just about every solar scenario that you can think of. In our quest to bring solar power to as many people in the United States as possible, we proudly offer our solar services to the residents of New Hampshire so that they may also see what the world of solar energy can offer them. According to a study released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, national energy demands are only set to increase over the coming decades and, in our opinion, it is important that New Hampshire residents understand the options that they have available to them in relation to home energy production.
RGS Energy provides the following solar energy services to New Hampshire residents:
We are a full service solar energy company and your best choice in New Hampshire. If you have any questions about how we can help you make the switch to solar energy, give us a call today at 877-747-4338!
One of the primary concerns most people have about solar is whether or not they are an affordable option. Yes, they can help you save a good deal of money in the long run, but that doesn’t help as much if you cannot afford the upfront expense. We understand that conundrum, which is why RGS Energy offers flexibility in how clients can choose to pay for their solar array.
Compare the pros and cons of each option at a glance:
RGS Energy is happy to work with you to determine the best option for your home. Speak with a solar panel installation specialist to discuss the size of solar array your home will need, the installation process, payment options, and more. Whether you finance with a loan or buy, you’ll start enjoying savings on your energy bill as soon as your solar panels are installed. Are you ready to do your part reduce humanity’s carbon footprint?
Piggybacking off of our previous point, how solar panels are installed is just as important as the type of panels that are placed on a home. New Hampshire as we all know is not known for year round sunshine. While there are plenty of sunny days in our corner of New England, there are also plenty of days where the sun can’t quite break through the cloud coverage caused by the Atlantic. For this reason, it is important that people interested in having solar panels installed on their home choose a company that is adept at positioning solar panels so that they receive that maximum amount of solar energy for as long as possible during the day. At RGS Energy, we have thousands of solar panel installations under our belts. Our technicians are the best in the business and they will make sure your home’s solar panels are perfectly positioned to take advantage of the abundant solar energy that rains down upon a home during the day. This small step can go a long way in making sure that you are getting the largest return possible on your investment in a solar array.
If you live in New Hampshire, you are most likely aware that residents of this state pay some of the highest electricity rates in the country. A study published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that the average New Hampshire resident pays 19.36 since per kilowatt hour in June of 2017. This places New Hampshire third in terms of states that pay the most for electricity. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easily available option that not only lowered your monthly electricity bill but also lowered the amount of greenhouse gasses your home produced in relation to the amount of energy you consume? Solar panels, conveniently enough, are the exact solution we have just described and, with a minimal amount of effort on your part, it is possible to outfit your home with a solar array that will greatly reduce the amount of money you spend on electricity. To learn more about how much you can save by making the switch to solar power and the monetary incentives offered by the state of New Hampshire, please click on the banner below.
More and more people in power recognize the positive benefit of transitioning to solar energy. This is great news for the rest of us because it means there are plenty of incentives out there to help you make that transition to solar. There are national options and benefits, financial assistance from the state of New Hampshire, and other privately offered grants and loans. This should tell you just how important it is to switch over to solar, when there are so many options for assistance out there. Of course, much of the legislation changes from year to year, but here are a few of the different solar panel installation assistance options you may be able to find here in New Hampshire:
There are renewable energy exemptions and tax breaks available at the federal and state level. This means you’ll need to wait until you file your taxes the following year to see the savings, but every little bit helps! You can check with the Office of Strategic Initiatives of New Hampshire to find the latest updated information on what’s available at the local, state, and federal levels.
A quick internet search will show that there are plenty of additional offers for financial assistance if you’re looking to add solar panels to your home. You’ll want to conduct your own search for grants, as many of them are income, location, and financing-dependant. If you’d like assistance, the RGS team can help guide you in the right direction.
At RGS, our mission is to get solar energy to spread across the country. We have big ideas for change, but a locally-based focus, because we know every one of our customers can make a difference. Whether you’re prepared to buy a solar panel system outright or you’d prefer to finance with a loan, we’ll work with you to create the right financing plan for your needs.
Don’t let the price tag scare you off. Even with the cost of solar panel installation, the average household can expect to see a savings of around $1,500 a year on your electric bill. Over 20 years, that amount can really add up! So, even without a single tax break or grant to help you along your way, there’s still a big benefit that comes with switching to solar. Contact us to learn more about the financial benefits of switching to solar!
RGS Energy got its start in 1978 as Real Goods, a sustainable living store in Northern California that sold some of the first retail solar panels in the United States.
The Real Goods Store still sells sustainable living products, but now – as RGS Energy – we bring clean energy solutions straight to your home with expert solar panel installations that reduce the cost of your electricity. We serve much of New Hampshire, from Nashua through the Burlington Area, Manchester, Newton and Bedford as well as south to Salem and Portsmouth.
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At this point in time, nearly everyone is aware that solar panels help to cut down on the amount of money people have to spend on their electricity bill. However, reduced utilities are not the only reason Massachusetts area residents are deciding to make the switch to solar energy. Below, we have listed a few more reasons that people are making an investment into solar.
Increasing Returns: Across the nation, it is predicted that energy rates will only continue to rise. This means that if you make the switch to solar energy now, the rate of return on your investment will only increase. On average, electricity prices in the United States increase by about three percent every year. Over the 30+ year lifespan of a solar array, this works out to thousands of dollars saved based off of inflated prices alone.
Energy Independence: One of the best perks people experience when they choose to invest in solar energy, is energy independence. Once an array has been put into place and begins to draw power, many people find they are actually taking in more energy than their home requires. Instead of wasting this energy, it is often put back into the state’s electrical grid and, even better, the homeowners are given money by the state for their excess energy!
The biggest limiting factor that we hear people discuss when it comes to investing a in a solar energy system is the price. At RGS Energy, we understand that making a large investment is not always the easiest thing to do. For this reason, we offer to help homeowners find financing options that help our customers start saving money instantly without requiring that they pay for the entire solar array up front. Through the use of our financial assistance provided by trusted lenders, you will experience instant savings through a lowered electricity bill, will have to pay little upfront costs, and, even better, will be allowed to take advantage of our budget friendly and flexible payment terms. If you are interested in learning more about the options you have in New Hampshire when it comes to solar energy, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today.
As you may have gathered from the information on this page, there are a lot of facets that go into the decision to install a solar energy system on your home or business. The RGS team is happy to help you do all the calculations for cost versus benefits, and we’ll answer all of your questions to help you decide.
But if you prefer running through the pro/con list yourself, here are a few of the big concerns to help you decide whether solar panel installation is worth it for your home:
1. The cost to savings ratio (a.k.a. your return on investment)
For most, their electric bill is the biggest determining factor. Here in New Hampshire, we have one of the higher costs per kilowatt-hour, so being able to cut the cord with your utility company can make a big difference. In addition, keep in mind any additional costs you might incur during this process, like home renovations to make your home more energy-efficient. Of course, even the cost of adding new windows or insulation can be much smaller than the savings you’ll see over the years with your solar panels.
Are you able to find grants or assistance to help you pay for the installation of a new solar panel system? Will you be able to pay for everything up front, or are you interested in a loan to get your solar setup? Finances are a big piece of your decision to go solar, and we understand that, so ask whatever questions you need in order to make your choice. Of course, getting more information is always better, so ask an RGS representative to walk you through your financing options as well as the tax incentives and any other financial assistance available for solar panels. Taking on a multi-year loan may not be so onerous with the potential tax breaks that come with it.
3. Maintenance and Upkeep
Solar panels are designed to work outdoors and withstand all sorts of weather, but that doesn’t mean things won’t occasionally go wrong. The average life of a solar panel system is 20 years (and counting!), but repairing or replacing a panel is pretty simple. But it’s important to know who will be responsible for the upkeep. If you’re leasing your solar panels, that work will likely fall on the installers, while buying them outright means you’ll be responsible for any care needed.
Whether you’re interested in solar panels for the energy bill savings, or for more eco-conscious reasons, that doesn’t change the fact that you’ll be making a difference. Consider how that solar panel array will not only impact your electric bill, but reduce your carbon footprint and have a positive impact locally and globally. Keep in mind that getting solar panels for your home may have a broader impact than you think. Neighbors and local traffic will see the solar array on your roof, and it may compel others to take the same steps. When enough of that happens, we could change the world!
You don’t need to make your decision alone. At RGS Energy, we have been installing solar panels on homes and businesses across the country since 1978, so it is pretty safe to say we know what we are doing. Give us a call or fill out our contact form so you can be informed, make a difference in your electric bill and help better the world!
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