What's all the rage about Solar Panels, anyway?



Each year, more and more Americans are choosing to go solar. Here are some factors to consider as you think about joining the movement to embrace natural energy...

1. Incentives and Rebates

Currently, a variety of financial incentives and rebates are offered at the federal, state and local levels, for switching to solar to power your home. Visit Energy.gov to find out the specific tax credit information for your area.

2. Orientation and Age of Roof

Panels can be installed on east, west or south-facing roofs with angles from 0-45 (ideal angle is at 30 degrees and facing south). Whether you've just moved in, have been there for a few years, or are in the build process, it's never too late to have them installed - you just don't want to add them to a roof that needs replacing in the near future!

3. Shading and Obstructions

Ideally, your roof will be free from obstructions like large tree/building shadows, chimneys, skylights, although installers can still design a solar system around them if necessary.

4. Electricity Rates in Your Area

A big question is of course "how much can I save?". Well, it depends on what you're paying now for energy. You'll see savings on your bill regardless, but whether you see the installation as a worthwhile long-term investment should be looked at using your specific situation.

Still not sure? The good news is you can still benefit heavily from solar energy, even if you can't check off everything on the list above. If you're interested in finding out whether your Stanley Martin Home in Charlottesville is available to have solar panels and what type of energy savings you'd experience, call us!



Written by Stanley Martin Homes
Submitted on 4/10/2017 Posted in Charlottesville
Category: The Study