Is Solar a Good Idea for My Tri-Valley Home?

Last year, California broke the solar power record, generating enough electricity for millions of homes. In this time of expensive electric bills, tightening purse strings, and uncertain climate futures, solar is without a doubt growing in popularity, and not just for businesses, but for residential buildings as well.

Is solar the right choice for your Tri-Valley home? That depends on you, the homeowner, and your home electricity usage. No two homes are the same, so you’ll need to do some research to determine how well solar will work for you.

How much is your current electric bill?

What you currently pay in electricity will help determine if solar panels are right for you. Because electricity rates can vary depending on where you live, you’ll want to check what you’re paying per kWh.

How much are solar panels?

The price to install solar panels will vary depending on the solar company you choose, and what equipment you install. You may be tempted to get cheap solar panels to save some cash immediately. However, your 20-year savings will be higher if you invest in good-quality equipment. Therefore, it’s worth it to take your time, review all of your equipment options, and find the right combination of quality and price for your Valley home.

Energy Sage has an online marketplace estimator so you can see how much solar panels cost near you. EnergySage’s calculator incorporates your local electricity rates to give you an estimate of what you can save, as well as how quickly your investment will pay off.

Before you buy, don’t forget to check out rebates and incentives as you may be eligible for a credit if you own solar panels. Some utility companies also offer rebates to their customers who go solar.

How do solar panels work?

Now that you have a better idea of whether or not solar panels are right for your Tri-Valley home, you may be wondering how they work. Bear with us: we’ll try to explain without getting too scientific. Solar panels are made of smaller panel groups called photovoltaic cells. Solar panels work by allowing particles of light (photons) to knock electrons free from atoms. This knocking of electrons from atoms is what generates electricity.

Is solar right for your home? If it is, you may have more out-of-pocket costs than you wanted, but solar power can save you a lot of money in the long term. Be sure you don’t settle for cheap materials or labor, and you can count on energy savings for as long as your house is standing.

Jameel Batshon, Broker/Co-Founder of Century 21 Cornerstone Realtors has 15 Years of Real Estate Experience with a background in Lending that started in 2002 at Household Finance Company. Jameel was Born in San Francisco, Ca and moved to the East Bay at a young age. Jameel has been a licensed Realtor since 2004.