“I was a little nervous to bring up the idea of having solar panels installed on our house to my husband,” Ashley said. “I think I was worried he would think I was over-reacting to rising gas prices and that my fears about the stability of the power grid were unfounded. But he really surprised me. Not only did Chad agree that saving money on the light bill would help our budget a lot, he loved the idea that we’d always have the lights on in our home.”
Having solar panels installed on your home is an increasingly common choice. You don’t have to be some back to the land homestead person to appreciate safe, reliable, free energy. And if you are kind of a flower child, you’ll be glad to know that every individual household powered by solar emits about 80% lower carbon emissions than a house powered by fossil fuels. Going solar is really helping to save the planet.
Is now the right time to choose solar? Well, frankly, the battle against climate change isn’t going to get any easier as time goes on. More extreme weather events – such as the heavy snowstorms that have inspired local homeowners to take powering their homes into their own hands – will become more and more common. If you feel certain that at some point you will make the switch to solar, the real question to ask is what is the benefit of putting this decision off to some future date? You can begin saving money immediately when you switch to solar. You begin helping the planet heal immediately when you switch to solar. If you’re going to wait, what are you waiting for?
Sometimes the answer to that question is money. There are currently many financial incentives available to help homeowners make the switch to solar. This includes very significant Federal and Massachusetts state tax incentives.