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Solar panels reduce your carbon footprint, improve your energy efficiency, and lower the cost of your utility bills. Solar panels are almost a no-brainer for homeowners who live in regions with abundant direct sunlight, but all homeowners can benefit from solar energy. Given the right conditions, you can save more than $50,000 over the life of your solar panels.

The Basics of Solar

Solar panels can be expensive, but the combination of rebates, tax credits, and lifetime savings makes this investment affordable for most homeowners. In addition, most solar panel companies offer special financing options, and several utility companies have agreed to provide rebates for customers who choose to go solar.

Some states have more solar incentives than others, but that doesn’t mean those areas aren’t good candidates for solar. States like Arizona and Mississippi have excellent climates for solar energy despite having fewer incentive programs.

Converting to solar energy is simple. You need to contact your local solar installer to get a quote, then you can expect the following process:

  • Complete a site survey with a qualified solar installer
  • Solar installer will secure permits for your solar system
  • Solar panel equipment will be ordered
  • Solar panel system will be installed
  • Solar system permission to operate will be granted
  • Solar system is connected
  • Save money on your energy bills

If you are interested in solar energy and want to review top solar panel companies, check out the reviews and resources below.

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A Beginner’s Guide to DIY Solar Energy Installation

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Advantages of Solar Power for Your Home

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Advantages of Solar Exhaust Fan and Central Vacuum System

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Solar Sun Screen Saves Energy for Your Home

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Heath Zenith Solar Powered Motion Security Light

The Heath Zenith Solar Powered Motion Security Light is an easy way to add a motion sensitive security light to your yard without the need to run electrical wires. When installing the light, position the solar panel so it will receive direct sunlight.
Solar Powered Lights

Energy Saving Solar Power and Lighting for Your Home

Check out these innovative, energy saving products for your home, including a solar power system, LED light fixtures, and wireless lighting controls. Watch this video to find out more.