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7 Benefits of Solar Energy for Heating Your Home

Posted by Mike Cappuccio on Feb 7, 2020 7:00:00 AM

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By switching to ductless heating, you can reduce energy consumption by 30%. If you derive most of your electricity from solar energy, you can reap even more benefits. Are you thinking about heating your home with solar? Here are just a few of the benefits of solar energy. 

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1. Reduces Energy Bills

Solar power can help reduce your overall energy expenses. Rather than relying on your utility company to provide you with electricity, you generate your own power. If your solar panels are connected to the grid, you may be able to sell electricity back to the provider to discount your bill or perhaps even get a refund.

2. Solar Power is a Renewable Energy Source

Solar energy is renewable. That means that even if your solar panels collect sunlight all day long, they can collect more the next day. This process can happen indefinitely because the sun is constant.

In contrast, a lot of electrical generation relies on fossil fuels. Coal, natural gas, and other fuels derived from the earth are not renewable. Once humans deplete these resources, they are gone forever.

3. Less Expensive Than Many Heating Fuels

Even when you consider the cost of investing in solar panels, solar power may still be less expensive than heating fuels. Since 2015, the gross cost per watt for solar panels has fallen by 22%.

Cost of Investing in Solar Panels

4. Reduced Maintenance Costs

In most cases, you just need to keep solar panels clean so they can soak up the sun. You should be able to enjoy them for the entirety of their life span without needing maintenance or repairs.

5. Increases Your Home's Value

Adding solar panels and an air source heat pump has the potential to increase your home's value. Buyers want green features on their homes. Homes with relatively low utility costs are especially attractive in competitive markets.

6. Gives You the Option to Go Off-Grid

You have two main options when you add solar panels to your home. First, you can opt for panels that connect to the grid. These panels take in the sun's energy, but they don't store it. Instead, that energy goes straight back into the grid and reduces or eliminates your energy bill.

To do this, however, you must be connected to the grid. If it doesn't have power, your home doesn't, either. This option is less expensive than other solar installations and you don't have to rely on solar energy alone.

Alternatively, you can invest in solar panels that have the ability to store solar energy in batteries. With this option, you can go off the grid. You will only have access to the energy produced by your solar panels. Despite that limitation, this setup can be ideal if you want to heat a home in a remote location.

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7. Qualifies You for Rebates

In many cases, you can qualify for rebates if you invest in solar energy sources. The details vary based on your circumstances, and rebates are subject to change.

As of December 2019, you can receive a tax credit worth 15% of the cost of solar photovoltaic panels up to $1,000. There are also low-interest loans for qualifying people who want to invest in a solar system. Massachusetts offers rebates and incentives for installing ductless heating systems in your home or business.

Do you want to learn more about the benefits of heating your home with solar energy? Contact us at N.E.T.R., Inc. We offer ductless heating and cooling solutions to homes and businesses in Boston and the surrounding area. We can help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint with energy-efficient home heating options.

Topics: heating and cooling, solar energy

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