Series Introduction: This article is part of a 10-part series to shed some light on what your solar salesperson is NOT telling you. It is my hope this will help consumers to better understand the “small print” items when deciding if installing Solar panels is the right decision for you and your family.

Solar Panels have recently become more affordable and easier to obtain for homeowners. It is hard not to get sucked in by commercials with uplifting oldies blaring and people dancing and singing the praises of a Solar Life with the spokesperson declaring it is now an affordable option for homeowners. As a REALTOR® I have been asked by many past and present clients if they should do this? This series will cover the following issues of the solar home craze. You can also click topics below to jump to that particular topic.

What’s the catch?
Potential savings or smoke and mirrors
What’s the real cost?
Life expectancy and maintenance mortgage and appraisal pitfalls
How does this affect my homeowner’s insurance?
What sellers need to know?
What home buyers need to know?
Less expensive alternatives to solar panels.
Why I made the decision I made regarding Solar Panels.

GREEN HOMES DO ADD VALUE/ THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW TO SAVE

I don’t want you to think I am anti-Green home, I am not. Homes that are energy efficient absolutely offer a value proposition and absolutely have an increased value to many home buyers. Here are some examples:

Complete a home energy audit- These simple items can be done by anyone and can help save you on your energy costs.

This information is from the Solar Panel presentation–EEP (Energy Efficiency package which they estimate will reduce energy usage by 25%) Energy Efficiency Package includes LED Bulbs, R-39 blown insulation, Water heater blanket, Attic Tent, Air sealant tape & Solar Attic Fan. It is estimated that these items alone can reduce energy usage by 25%.

Attic Tent – Is a cover for your attic access and costs about $100-$150 – More info here
Air sealant tape – Basically weather stripping tape – Easy to install -$9.99 a roll on Amazon
LED Bulbs – Highest rated LED Bulb – Easy to install cost about $3.00 per bulb
R-39 Insulation– Insulation costs can vary greatly depending on what you already have but a good estimate is about $1200-$2000 per 1000 sq ft Calculate your costs here
Water heater blanket – Most cost under $50 and can easily be installed More info here Solar Attic Fan –This can cost up to $600 and should be installed by a pro – Here is a great resource with more info

In the end each household has to decide what is right for you. It is my hope that this series helps flush out some facets to consider and gives useful information to help you make a decision.

CLOSING

Hopefully you found this to be a helpful series, I would love to see your comments and hear about your experiences so others can benefit from your stories as well.  Direct links to each topic in this series.  Also, I would love for you to subscribe to be notified when new posts are available or follow.  Look on the top right to do that.

SOLAR PANELS – What’s the catch?

SOLAR PANELS – Potential savings or smoke and mirrors

SOLAR PANELS – What’s the real cost?

SOLAR PANELS – Life expectancy and maintenance.

SOLAR PANELS – How does this affect my homeowner’s insurance?

SOLAR PANELS – What sellers need to know?

SOLAR PANELS – What home buyers need to know?

SOLAR PANELS – Mortgage and appraisal pitfalls

SOLAR PANELS – Less expensive alternatives to solar panels.

SOLAR PANELS – Why I made the decision I made regarding Solar Panels.

Have you thought about selling your home?

What if I told you I could sell it for more than it is worth? 

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