If you’re a Seattle homeowner, chances are that you haven’t thought much about adding solar power to your home, due to the Pacific Northwest’s lack of constant direct sunshine. However, this part of the country is actually a great place to make solar power work for your home. What exactly can solar energy do for your Seattle home? Read on to find out.
Solar power is an excellent investment for adding value to your home while you are living there, and it increases your home’s value if you ever decide to put it on the market. Your solar panel system will begin to pay for itself the moment it is installed by reducing fossil-fuel energy consumption and increasing the value of your property anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000+. In a study conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy, it was determined that a homeowner can expect about a $6,000 property value increase for each kilowatt of solar power.
Also, since you are technically generating your own power right where it will be used, unlike a typical centralized distribution of power that causes quite a bit of energy loss, solar panels are an extremely efficient in generating energy.
Another great benefit of solar panels is that they are fairly maintenance free and have a lifespan up to 30 years depending on the quality of the panels. In fact, a milder Seattle climate actually helps the panels last longer than they would in an area that experiences more severe weather or a great deal of sunshine. The only part that will occasionally need replaced is the inverter. This part converts the energy from the panels into usable power, and these usually come with at least a 10-year warranty. They are also only a small fraction of the overall cost of installing a solar panel system.
Some Things to Keep in Mind
It’s good to have an idea of how much a new solar panel system could save you on energy costs so you know the value you will be adding to your home. Be sure to inquire about how much electricity a new solar panel system will produce annually and compare that figure to your typical annual electricity usage.
Also, be sure to research any local permit requirements for installing a solar panel system in your neighborhood or housing development. Sometimes housing associations have rules regulating the installation of such systems and may require prior approval before install.
For more information on codes and requirements, check out this article all about planning for a home renewable energy system.
Think Solar May Be Right for You?
Our knowledgeable and capable technicians are trained to provide excellent quality solar panel installation that meets all local regulations and guidelines. To determine the best solar solutions for your home’s needs, we provide you with detailed estimate and schedule a meeting to go over any questions you may have before we start the install. We’ve been providing happy customers in the Seattle area with energy efficient solutions for over 25 years, and we pride ourselves on our superb customer service. If you’re considering adding solar panels to your home, give us a call to learn more: (425) 746-3077.