Financing Options: Solar Energy Costs

The cost of putting a solar energy system on your roof has decreased by two thirds in less than a decade. This means that getting power from the sun can be significantly cheaper than buying it from your local utility. However, investing in solar does more than lower your monthly bill—it creates jobs, reduces your carbon footprint, and reduces local air pollution. Though energy from the sun is free, home and building owners need a way to capture the rays. The energy is most often captured by solar PV systems; the one-time up-front cost can be intimidating (often more than …

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What is a Green Home? Why Should I Invest?

A “green home,” simply, is a house built or remodeled to conserve energy and water, improve indoor air quality, use sustainable and recyclable materials, and produce less waste. The benefits of owning or building a green home include lower utility bills, such as water, gas, and electricity, a smaller carbon footprint, improved air quality (for better occupant health), and an improved resale value.   Most homeowners justify installing green features in their new or remodeled home by measuring the payback period—the length of time it may take for the savings from a project to justify the upfront cost. Additionally, financing …

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