Soaring utility prices and year-round sun make home solar panels a cheaper, smarter choice for a lower electricity bill in Vermont.
Why pay more for dirty power when you can save thousands with clean solar energy?
It is not uncommon these days to hear an increasing number of news stories about the damages caused by fossil fuels. Between environmental concerns and rising utilities costs, it is no wonder more and more people are looking for alternatives to current energy sources. Electric cars may seem like the option of the future, and they are a great alternative to burning fossil fuels with your daily commute, but there’s one tried-and-true option that could help even more: switching to solar power.
Solar power is almost exactly what it sounds like; it’s the technology which converts the sun’s rays into usable electricity. Think of it like a plant absorbing the sun’s rays to live and grow; likewise, a solar array allows you to power your home (or anything else hooked up to it). The typical solar panel is made up of photovoltaic cells (also called pv cells or solar cells), which absorb the energy emitted by the sun and convert it to an electrical current. A series of pv cells are connected and contained in a single solar panel, usually around 60 pv cells in the size of solar panel that goes on a roof. Then, a series of solar panels are connected together and linked to an inverter. This takes the energy collected by the solar array and converts it into a current your home’s electrical system can use.
The average home needs somewhere in the range of 10 to 20 solar panels to provide enough power to run the home and everything hooked up inside; though, that number may vary depending on the home’s size and energy usage. When you switch to solar energy, the amount of power generated will depend on the size of the solar array, but also on its positioning. When you opt to add a solar panel system to your home, it is important to have it installed by a professional solar company to ensure your solar array is placed in the optimal position for sunlight absorption.
The team here at RGS Energy has been in the solar panel industry for nearly 40 years now. We’ve seen alternative energy technology change and improve, and throughout that time, solar has only gotten better. In the early days, back in the late 70s, we used to sell a solar array that cost around $100 per watt. Now, technology has improved and become less costly, so you can expect to pay around $5 per watt for a larger solar array. If you’re not entirely sure how that works, let RGS Energy’s founder explain it to you. What you need to know can be broken down pretty simply: a solar array that is the right size for your home, professionally installed, can pay for itself in a handful of years and continue saving you thousands on your electric bill for years after. If that sounds good to you, now is the perfect time to make the switch.
Choosing to go solar is an investment that stands to benefit your home and your family for years to come. In order to make the most of your investment, there are a few things you can do before getting your solar array installed to ensure you’ll be able to get the best return on your investment and enjoy a solar panel system that will last as long as possible. Here are a few things to consider before going solar:
One of the biggest questions that many people forget to consider is whether or not their home can actually handle the weight of a solar array. Of course, we do not expect you to know this off the top of your head, so your RGS representative can help you determine the answer. It is important to know that your roof is built to a high enough weight rating, but that will depend on the size of the solar array necessary to power your home.
In addition to the question of weight, the other key thing to help boost your solar system’s efficiency is to improve your home’s efficiency as a whole. The less energy your home needs to produce to power everything from the HVAC system to small appliances, the fewer solar panels your array will need to have. If you’ve been putting off replacing your windows or the insulation, doing so before getting your solar panel system can be beneficial in the long run. Steps you can take to improve your home’s efficiency include: (insert client’s video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JswZxVP55w)
One of the biggest ongoing myths about solar panel systems is that they are too expensive for the average household to be able to afford. This is absolutely not true! Back in the early days, yes, a solar array was more expensive, but that was 40 years ago. Now, between technology improvements and the plethora of financial assistance programs, there are options to help just about anyone afford a solar array for their home. You have the option to lease your solar panel system, not just buy it outright. In addition, there are several federal, state, and local tax breaks and benefits for those who choose this amazing green energy option. Take the time to see what financial benefits are available in your area so you can save as much as possible when you go solar.
Want to learn more? The RGS Energy team has nearly 40 years of experience with solar panel installation and upkeep. Give us a call and we’ll help you through the entire process!
Starting as the Real Goods Store in 1978 that provided people access to solar panels, RGS Energy has grown into one of the most trusted names in the solar energy installation sector. Over the past three decades, we have helped thousands of homeowners make the switch to solar energy and we are excited to be able to extend these services to the residents of Vermont. As most people are keenly aware by this point, energy is expensive. Every year, energy rates rise and every year people have to adjust their budgets in order to accommodate this new expense. For this reason, among others, we have made it our mission to provide the best solar installation services that we can in an effort to help as many people as possible break away from municipal energy dependence. Through this effort, we believe that we can help Vermont residents make the switch to clean, renewable energy and bring about an era of energy independence the likes of which this state has never seen.
We are a full service solar company serving the residents of Vermont. If you have any questions about how we can help you, give us a call today at 877-747-4338!
On average, Vermont residents pay around $100 a month on electricity. This places Vermont 33rd out of the 50 states in terms of energy cost, a ranking that is not that bad when given a bit of perspective. However, even with Vermont ranking as favorably as it does now, electricity rates are a fickle thing. Historically, electricity rates rise. Between 2005 and 2015, national electricity rates rose by 34 percent and, if history is any indication, these rates are only going to continue to rise. Because of this, even if the electricity rates in Vermont are favorable right now compared to the rest of the United States, they cannot be guaranteed to stay favorable in the future. At RGS Energy, we believe that no one should be subjected to electricity prices. Our modern lives dictate that electricity is a necessity, however, this dependency should not result in financial hardship. For this reason, we are dedicated to providing the best solar panel installation services to Vermont residents in order to help them cut the cord of energy dependence and invest in a system that will allow them true energy independence. To learn more about the solar installation services that we offer, please fill out our contact before below.
Going solar isn’t just about going “off the grid;” it is about breaking our dependence on nonrenewable resources, especially fossil fuels. It’s about finding long term solutions that are better for the planet in the long run. Of course, on a level much closer to home, it is also about finding ways to cut down on your monthly electric bill. As technology has improved and solar panels systems have become more accessible, there are plenty of myths out there that have developed. Are you concerned that solar isn’t worth it? Here are a few considerations:
Myth 1: It Is Too Expensive
While a solar array may have been prohibitively expensive when solar energy first became available to the public, that’s no longer the case. Not only have they become less expensive to purchase and install, there are also plenty of things, like tax rebates and grants, to help you pay for your system. If coming up with the upfront cost is too much, a reputable solar company like RGS Energy will work with you to set up a lease-to-own system.
Myth 2: It Will Never Pay for Itself
The average household’s electric bill is around $100 a month. With solar, that monthly bill drops to around $20 a month. Even with a monthly payment for your solar array included in your utility costs, you will likely still pay less than you are now. And, given that electric rates have not gone down in recent years, odds are good that you will only see an increasing return on your investment.
Myth 3: It Is Just A Fad
Solar panels have been around for more than 40 years. That’s longer than VHS and cassette tapes managed to hang around, so we think it is pretty safe to say that solar energy is not a fad. If that comparison is not enough for you, trust this data from the Solar Energy Industries Association, which shows how much of an increase in solar array installation there has been over the years.
Myth 4: Going Solar Impacts Your Home’s Value
This is true, but not in the way you’re expecting. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, adding a solar array to your home can increase your home’s appraised value by around $20,000. In addition to that, many states exempt solar panels from property taxes, so they are more likely to help your home’s overall value and cost, rather than cause you to pay more.
Myth 5: Solar Power Only Works On Sunny Days
Yes, your solar array relies on the sun to build up enough energy to power your home. However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, your home will still be connected to the electric grid. In the event that your solar array isn’t getting enough sunlight to power your home, you have that backup to rely on. Second, keep in mind that, even on a cloudy day, some sunlight still makes it through the clouds.
As an added bonus: if your solar array ever produces more energy than your home needs, the meter that monitors usage for the electric company can actually roll back, which can lower your energy bill or, in some cases, end up with the electric company owing you money.
All told, choosing to install a solar panel system for your home can result in money savings on several levels, and it’s better for the planet than a continued reliance on fossil fuels.
When you decide to make the switch to solar energy in Vermont, you want to make sure of two things. First, you want to make sure your home is suited for solar panels. Even the best solar installation company in the world cannot install a functional solar array if the array is not exposed to sunlight during the day. Second, you want to make sure that you choose a solar company that has a track record of excellence. Installing solar panels is about more than simply placing panels on a roof and calling it a day. At RGS Energy, we have nearly four decades of experience installing solar panels and, through these years of experience, we have refined our techniques down to the absolute best. With the combined efforts of our expert technicians, dedicated management team, and professional installers, we are able to handle the entire solar installation process from beginning to end. This ensures that you are receiving the absolute best when it comes to the installation of your solar array. When you choose us as your solar installation company in Vermont, you are choosing a company with a proven track record of exceptional service.
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 Vermont, from Brattleboro through Essex Junction, Montpelier, Burlington, Hartford and Middlebury.
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We want you to get a solar array installed! Not only can it benefit your bank account each month, but the more people who switch to solar, the more we can help the environment. With that in mind, we are more than willing to work with you to figure out the best payment plan based on your needs. Your RGS Energy Broker will work with you to craft the right financing option for you, but there are two blanket categories: loans and purchasing outright.
As you can see, there is no right or wrong answer; the best choice is the option that works best for your needs. At RGS Energy, we will provide professional solar installation no matter how you choose to pay for your solar array, because we want to ensure you end up with a lasting, quality solar panel system that will provide energy benefits for years to come. And, since the average lifespan for a solar array is 25 years (and counting), that is plenty of time to see a return on your investment! Get started by contacting our team to learn about the financial options we can offer you and make the move to solar for your Vermont home!
When you make the switch to solar energy, you are making a decision that is going to provide multiple benefits to not only yourself but to your community as well. Some of the benefits of using solar energy include:
To learn more about the benefits of making the switch to solar energy, please visit our residential solar savings page.
We are not the only group who want you to go solar. There are financial incentives out there at the federal, state, and local levels to help you make the transition from fossil fuel powered electric to clean, renewable solar energy. If you’re looking for additional ways to save on your solar array installation, there are an abundance of options out there to help. Start with the State of Vermont’s Department of Public Service Resources page, which offers a comprehensive guide to the state’s current solar incentives. Energy.gov also offers federal tax incentives and other funding for residential and commercial solar owners. And, if that isn’t enough, there are also publicly and privately funded grants that may offer assistance depending on your location, income, and how you will finance your solar panel system. Of course, all of those systems can be onerous to navigate on your own. The RGS Energy team is well versed in locally and nationally available solar incentives and financial assistance. We are more than happy to help you navigate the tax credit system, apply for additional incentives, and otherwise help you square away your finances before we come to install your solar array.
When you decide to invest in solar energy in Vermont, make sure you choose a company that is able to provide professional installations. While it might seem like solar panel installations are as simple as placing some panels on the roof of your home and wiring them together, in reality the process is much more involved. At RGS Energy, we have almost four decades of experience with solar panel installations. We use only the latest solar panel technology and, more importantly, we use only the latest in solar panel installation techniques. We will make sure that your panels are securely fastened to the roof of your home with industry rated brackets and mounting hardware and, in order to get the most out of your panels, we will make sure that your solar array is positioned to take in as much sunlight as possible. These steps, while seemingly small in nature, are essential in making sure that you get the most out of your solar array. To learn more about our solar installation process, contact us today at 877-747-4338.
Vermont, as most residents already know, can experience some intense weather. Between hot summers, rainy springs, and snowy winters, it is important to find a solar panel installation company that is not only dedicated to helping with the installation process, but one that is also dedicated to making sure that your panels are able to perform as optimally as possible over their intended lifespan. When you choose RGS Energy, you aren’t just choosing a solar installation company. You are choosing a solar company that is able to handle all of your solar panel maintenance and repair needs as well. While this might seem like quite a commitment on our part, we feel that it is just a part of the responsibility that comes along with providing exceptional solar services to the residents of Vermont.
While we can go on and on about our installation, maintenance, and repair services, these services are not, in our minds, what set us apart from other solar companies. Multiple companies across the nation offer the same services the we do, however, no company is able to match our level of passion when it comes to solar services. RGS Energy has been helping people with their solar needs since 1978. We are not a solar company that has jumped on the bandwagon. We are not a solar company that popped up because solar energy suddenly became “cool.” We are a solar company that has been at the forefront of the solar energy sector since the beginning and we believe solar energy is poised to change the energy landscape of not only Vermont but of the entire United States. We funnel this passion into each and every one of our solar installation projects and, if our results are any indication, our customers are more than happy with our services. If you would like to see what our current customers are saying about us, be sure to visit our testimonials page.
If you are looking to make the switch to solar in Vermont but are put off by the relatively high cost of installation, please take the time to learn more about the financial assistance that is available. While some of our customers choose to buy their systems upfront, many more have found that certain financing programs are much more affordable. At RGS Energy, we will work with you to find financing options that work within your budget, options that allow you to replace your current energy bill with a monthly loan payment that will not fluctuate in relation to the the energy market. .To learn more about the financing options that we help our customers procure, please visit our financing page.
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