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Top 6 Reasons to Install Solar Panels in Your Home

Top 6 Reasons to Install Solar Panels in Your Home

Solar Panels
Solar panels
In 2008, solar installations in the U.S. produced a total of 1.2 gigawatts. A decade later, we’re talking about 30GW, enough to power just over 5 million households in the country. Clearly, the number of people embracing solar energy is increasing by the day. By 2022, solar is forecast to make up 5 percent of total electricity generation in the U.S. If you’re among the people debating whether or not to go solar, we’re here to settle your doubts. Here in this article, we’re revealing a couple of reasons to make the switch to solar power. Let’s shine some light, shall we?

1. Cut Your Energy Bills

Is saving money on bills one of your most elusive resolutions? Well, you now have an ideal strategy that can help you lower your energy bills. All you have to do is go solar! Let’s start here. Every month, Americans spend at least $112 on electricity. Spread this across an entire year, and you’re looking at least $1,344. Over a decade you would have spent well over $10,000 on electricity. On the other side, apart from the installation and periodic maintenance costs of solar panels, you’ll have no energy bills to worry about. What’s more, the cost of solar installation keeps going down, and today you can power up your home with as little as $10,000. It all depends on the amount of solar your local area receives, as well as your energy consumption needs. But in the long run, the pay off will be worth it. Even if you opt to connect your home to a utility solar power grid (requires fewer in-home equipment installations), you’ll still have lower energy bills (about $70 for the average consumer).

2. Consistent Energy Bills

Let’s say you choose to go on-grid. You’ll still be receiving energy bills, because a utility company will be supplying your solar power. Consequently, you’ll also receive monthly bills! Truth About Utility Costs However, you certainly won’t be frowning the same way you do when you receive other energy bills. Besides expecting a lower amount every month, you can also expect a consistent amount. No more drastic shifts that make you question the sincerity of your power your supplier! With a consistent energy bill, it’s easier to draw and stick to a domestic budget.

3. Earn Tax Credits

Still on money, how often do you find yourself researching the personal tax credits you’re entitled to, especially when tax season hits? Tax credits are a means to save money. They reduce the amount of tax you owe. The good news is when you go solar, you earn yourself a tax credit. You can deduct up to 30 percent of the cost of the installation from your federal taxes. The Solar Investment Tax Credit is designed to motivate both individuals and businesses to embrace renewable sources of energy. In addition to the federal tax credit, states also offer various credits, rebates, and savings.

4. Play a Big Role in Protecting the Environment

Are you among the 58 percent of Americans who believe climate change is caused by human activities? If you’re, switching to solar power will help you play a role in saving the planet. But how exactly will solar power adoption help save the planet? For starters, buildings account for about 39 percent of all carbon emissions. When you go solar, your property’s carbon emissions will reduce drastically, since solar is a clean, recyclable source of energy. Also, you’ll no longer be relying on power from plants that use non-renewable sources of electricity (fossil fuels and crude oil-based petroleum). Picture this: the more solar-powered homes and businesses we have, the fewer the customers these power plants will have, right? So, if tens of millions of homes are connected solar power, the demand for non-renewable energy will decline, meaning these plants will gradually have to produce less power. The net effect? Reduced power plant emissions!

5. Increased Property Value

Even if you don’t plan to sell your property, it’s in your best interest to ensure its value keeps increasing. Who knows, perhaps you’ll want to cash in on a home equity loan during your retirement years! Anyway, there are a couple of things you can do to increase your property’s value. Even though the value-adding powers of kitchen and bathroom remodels are well-documented, newer measures, like smart and green technologies, are taking over. The modern, environmental-conscious buyer wants a “green” property. In fact, 72 percent of millennials – the largest generation in the States – consider the sustainability of a product/property when shopping! Making your property solar powered is a sure way to increase its value and make it a hot property when you decide to sell.

6. Easy to Get Your Home Powered

Some of the top reasons that hold back potential solar consumers from going solar include having an existing connection to another power source, and the thought that solar installation takes time. Reasons to go Solar If you think that it will take several days for you to go solar fully, we’re here to tell you that’s not correct. As long as you have the funds ready, installing the entire system will take one to two days! In fact, the only thing you need to do is to find a reputable solar installation company to address your concerns and do the job right.

Go Solar and Live the Future, Now!

Inevitably, the world will run out of coal and other sources of non-renewable energy. When this time comes – and it’s sooner than you think – you will have no choice but to go solar or adopt other forms of renewable energy. Why not make the leap today as start reaping the benefits as soon as tomorrow? If you live in Kansas City and are ready to make the switch, come to us at Shine Solar and we’ll connect your home to the power source of the future.

What You Should Know Before Going Solar

What You Should Know Before Going Solar

1. Solar is more affordable than ever

There has been so much research done in the field of solar energy that they have found ways to make solar panels more efficiently and with lower costs. This means that prices for buying solar panels are at their lowest right now. As the prices have lowered, there has been a greater demand for solar from businesses and home owners. Going solar is no longer a luxury of the wealthy, but something that anyone can afford.  

2. The Federal Tax Credit

To support the production of clean energy, the U.S. government is currently offering a Solar Investment Federal Tax Credit for those business owners and homeowners that go solar. You can save up to 30% off your solar panels by receiving this tax credit. Unfortunately, this tax credit won’t last forever as it is set to be cut in the next 5 years. Take advantage of this great opportunity while it is still available.

3. There are great financial options

As interest in solar has increased, more options for paying to go solar have opened up. Banks will offer loans that are similar to home-equity loans for you to go solar. The best part is that we offer a loan plan that is $0 down and you have 18 months before you have to start paying back your loan. This way you can start to see your savings come in from your solar panels before paying it back. Some banks in Missouri also don’t require a credit score to qualify for a loan. There are so many great financial options here in Arkansas and Missouri that solar is available to anyone. Which means, everyone can experience great savings, even in the first month of going solar. You can get a free solar analysis to learn what financial options are available to you! Savings

4. You can stay connected

Many people worry that if they go solar, they will be out of power during a cloudy week because their panels won’t produce enough energy. This is not a problem that you will face with solar. You can stay connected to the power grid so if your panels ever don’t produce enough energy, then you will receive energy from your power company. This also works in reverse, if your panels are producing more energy than you need, then it will be sent back into the grid and used by someone else. This will earn you credit from your utility company, which will offset any costs you may have incurred from the power company. We also won’t be leaving you anytime soon. Shine Solar offers production guarantees for up to 25 years. That means we are here for you if anything ever goes wrong with your panels or if you ever have any questions after your installation.    

5. Educate yourself

Solar is still a pretty new concept, especially in Arkansas and Missouri, so be sure to learn as much as you can about solar. This is a big investment and one that you should understand before buying. Education is a huge focus at Shine Solar, check out our blog and other website pages to learn more about going solar. We try to compile as much information as we can for you, so you can be prepared for this decision.   Solar Analysis Read as much as you can and ask all of your questions, so you can be armed with the knowledge you need. Receive a free solar analysis, where we will tell you whether solar will work for your home or not. Keep learning, solar is an incredible investment, but one that you want to be sure of. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.        

Saving Energy and Keeping Warm This Winter

Saving Energy and Keeping Warm This Winter

We just got an extra hour from Daylight Savings, but the weather only seems to be getting colder and darker. This is the season of hot chocolate and scarves. It can be tempting to crank up the heat in your homes to keep it toasty during these cold months, but your electrical bill will pay the price. This is the time for saving energy. Energy usage in the United States skyrockets during the months of extreme temperatures, this includes the hot days of the summer and the colder days of winter. According to gogreensolar.com, 47.3% of annual fossil fuel usage occurs in the winter months. That is a lot of energy in just a few months! Those who have gone solar, obviously make a huge difference in this energy consumption as they power much of their own energy. However, everyone can make some small changes to use less energy this winter. Staying Warm We understand the desire to be warm and cozy during this time of year. So here are ten tips that will keep you warm and save you energy.

Ten Tips for Saving Energy this Winter

  1. Let the sun warm up your home – We love the sun and are already turning to it to produce energy for homes, so why not use the sun for heat? By opening the blinds of the windows that are facing the sun, the heat will come in and warm up the house. When the sun has gone down, close the blinds to trap the heat in.
  2. Invest in insulation – A lot of warmth is lost because of poor insulation in the home. You can invest in some cheap insulation to better seal up the windows and doors in your house. This will keep the heat in and save you a lot in return.
  3. Use LED lightbulbsLED lightbulbs use less energy than regular light bulbs and will save you money as you require more lighting during the winter. You can also use LED lightbulbs as you decorate your homes for the holidays! Turn off lights in the parts of the house that aren’t being used, to save energy.
  4. Only heat the rooms you use – If you have extra guest rooms or storage rooms that you don’t use, then save energy by closing the vents into those rooms. This way the rest of the house can warm up quicker and you won’t waste energy on those unused rooms. Also, if you won’t be home throughout the day or for the weekend, then turn the heat down. This way you won’t be paying to warm your empty house. Family
  5. Bundle up to keep the thermostat down – Who doesn’t love sweaters, blankets and warm, fuzzy socks? Keep warm by using extra clothing or blankets (especially during the night). You will be able to save a lot of energy by keeping the house cooler. Keeping the thermostat down 10-15 degrees for eight hours, can save you 10% on your yearly costs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  6. Unplug electronics – Did you know that your electrical devices that are plugged in are using up energy, even when you aren’t using them? By unplugging devices when you aren’t using them you can save energy and thus on your utility bill.
  7. Lower your water heater – When you leave the house for vacation this holiday season, lower your water heater to the lowest setting. This is most effective if you are going to be away for three days or more.
  8. Care for your heating systems – We rely on these systems to keep us warm, so we need to take care of them! Change your filters regularly. If your filter is clogged up, then your heating system will have to work harder. Have a professional come and do a quick check-up on your system. So it can be in its peak condition, saving energy this winter. Saving Energy Kitchen
  9. Use your fans wisely – Kitchen and bathroom fans take away smells and the hot air in the room. Use them sparingly in order to keep warm air inside. However, by putting your ceiling fans in reverse you can push the hot air down to you.
  10. Use a space heater– Put a space heater in the room where your family is (such as the living room). Then turn down the thermostat. This will keep you warm and keep your heating costs down.

The Truth About Connection Fees

At Shine Solar, we like to take an educational approach with everything we do.  We do this for two reasons: because we prefer telling the truth, and because solar is still a pretty new concept in the Midwest. People don’t realize how affordable solar energy has become. Most don’t know how much money they can save month to month. And we get that! When you haven’t heard much about solar, it can sound too good to be true. It makes sense to hear about instant savings and react with disbelief. People want proof of savings that large. This is why we regularly post videos showing actual electric bills from our customers, or focusing on the affordability of solar. The response to these videos, though, isn’t always positive. “Stop lying! That’s not true!” is a frequent comment on our Facebook page. But here’s the thing: it does us no good to lie to people at any point in the solar education process. The truth is great enough. Untruths have no place in our company. Case in point: our video displaying three consecutive $15 electric bills, sent in by one of our customers. The reason this customer’s bill is a flat $15 per month is because that is the utility company’s “connection fee.”

The Truth About Connection Fees

Customers who choose to go solar usually remain connected to the utility provider’s grid. To go off-grid entails a battery backup, which is just not cost-effective. Through a process called net metering, the utility companies monitor what you’re producing in addition to what you’re pulling from the grid. Credits are generated at wholesale rates and applied to your account. You can build up credits from your panel production to offset your regular bill.  Regardless of credits, though, your utility company will still continue to charge you a monthly fee to remain tied to the grid. The grid acts as a cost-effective battery backup. The truth is, all utilities don’t charge the same connection fee, because each company has different fixed costs in place based on its expenses. Unfortunately, those connection fees (or price per kWh, or seasonal adjustments, or fuel surcharges) can be increased at any time if the utility’s expenses increase. Co-op customers generally have the highest connection fees, so those customers often see $25 or $30 per month connection fees…or higher. And it is this very price uncertainty that has led millions of people to choose solar power. The sun continues to provide a free source of energy. Solar panels continue to drop in price (80% since 2008!). And, the best news of all, solar payments don’t randomly increase. Solar payments remain the same price.  Once energy storage options become more and more available, separating from the utility grid will make far more sense financially. Why deal with the uncertainty? Call us for a free solar analysis today!  

Four False Assumptions About Solar

Recently, we participated in a vendor show. We love these opportunities! We get to meet a lot of great people and educate them about clean energy. Shows also allow us to address any questions or assumptions people may have about solar. What we found, though, is that there are a few assumptions about solar that cause concern. Because we like to get to the point, we decided to compile them all here as a quick reference guide. So let’s get to it!

Assumption 1: I have to keep replacing the equipment

This was the top comment. People believe that something that goes on your roof and looks like glass is likely fragile. And we can’t blame them! But solar panels are extremely durable. They’re built to withstand extreme hailstorms and straight winds up to 90 mph. They’re installed on a sturdy racking system affixed firmly to the roof. We’re so confident in our panels, in fact, that they have a 25-year warranty. And if you decide in the first five years to get a new roof, we’ll come remove and replace them. Free of charge. Our solar panels are maintenance-free, aside from maybe having to knock off a random branch. Even that shouldn’t be a problem, because trees are typically not that close to a solar-paneled roof.

Assumption 2: I’ll be dead before I save money

This one almost took the top spot. When people think about solar, they think about wealthy people with money to burn. Again, we can’t blame them. Until fairly recently, solar was unattainable for many. But that’s not the case anymore. When we do a free solar analysis, we look at your specific energy usage and custom-build your proposal. Most of our customers are actually saving money from the beginning! Solar payments are typically less than previous electric bills were. Solar payments also have an end date, unlike electric bills! So your savings will continue to increase until you achieve full energy freedom!

Assumption 3: I can’t afford a battery backup

The great thing about solar in Missouri and Arkansas (and most other states) is that net metering laws are in effect. This means that your utility company acts as a natural battery backup. And that means that you don’t have to have a battery. While battery technology has advanced significantly, the price is still cost-prohibitive. Net metering provides a great, automatic battery backup system through your utility company.

Assumption 4: I’ll just wait until the technology gets better

The reason we want to change technology is because we want products to do something differently than they did when we bought them. For instance, your old computer can’t support new versions of programs, so you have to upgrade. Solar panels convert sunlight into clean energy. They still do that.  We design systems to offset your energy production. The systems will continue to offset your energy production. Your energy production won’t advance to Windows 12 while your solar panels are stuck in Windows 95. So waiting for an undefined point in the future until you claim energy ownership isn’t necessary. We’ve got you covered…now.   We get it. Change is scary. Especially when it means that you’ll likely be the energy pioneer in your extended family, circle of friends, and neighborhood. But nothing ever changed by remaining the same. You can save money now. You can be an energy pioneer. You can put your roof to work for you. Instead of making assumptions, make a call. Find out how we can help your home or business today.

Why Should You Pick Us, Anyway?

You’re thinking about going solar, but it’s not so easy to pick a solar company. This is a big decision, after all. How do you know which one is going to be the best fit for you? If you’re going to own your own energy, you want to have the peace of mind that comes with making the right choice for your long-term needs. And you deserve that.  In fact, we encourage everyone who contacts us to do their homework before choosing to install happiness the Shine way. It’s why we offer our homework page, in addition to our website and weekly blogs. So let’s jump ahead. Say that you’ve done your homework, you’ve reached out to several companies, you’ve gotten several free solar analyses, and now you just need to choose. We can’t presume to know the types of things that are most important to your family. What we can do is tell you four ways that we’re different than our competitors.

Why Pick Us?

  1. We have our own Code of Ethics.

    We’re not trying to take over the world. We want to remain small and customer-focused. We also want our employees to represent how seriously we take your business. Our employees will be polite, courteous, and clean in both language and appearance. We have amazing customers, and they deserve the best.
  2. You don’t have to worry about waiting a couple more years until you get that new roof.

    If, within the first 5 years of your original solar installation, you replace your roof, Shine Solar will remove, store, and re-install your solar panels. Free of charge.
  3. You don’t have to worry about that vague day in the future when solar technology may become super advanced and your old panels just don’t cut it.

    If you purchase a system from us, then decide to upgrade it later, we’ll buy back your existing panels for 50% of your original cost.
  4. We’re in it for the long haul.

    With a 25-year panel warranty, and knowing that the first-ever solar panels are still producing, we’ll be sticking around. This is why we provide each customer with their own solar concierge. Whether you have questions, comments, or just want to touch base, we have a point person in place. Your concierge knows who you need, when you need them, and will keep you from being on terminal hold or waiting for that callback that never comes. And your concierge is going to be there for you, whether it’s been three days since your installation, or three years.
There you have it. These are the top four items that set us apart from the competition. We want to remain focused on you, and will prove it to you throughout your experience with us. You will have the peace of mind that your concerns and questions will be addressed promptly at every step in our relationship. Plus, what have you got to lose? With our free solar analysis, you’re armed with the information you need to make an informed decision. Give us a call at 844-80-SHINE to get started.      

Declaration of Energy Independence!

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
  Thus begins the Declaration of Independence, the Thomas Jefferson-penned masterpiece that changed the course of United States history 241 years ago this month. And it is truly a great document. In fact, it’s versatile enough that it could be easily altered in ANY case in which independence is declared. That’s why we thought the time was right for a Declaration of Energy Independence. We love having power. Right? It’s good to have power in your life, in your home, even in your car. And we don’t think about it too much, since it’s always there. It’s something that we easily take for granted. Well, until we get a higher-than-normal electric bill. The beauty of living in this great nation, though, is that we have choices.  We’re not tied to coal anymore. We have the liberty to choose, for the most part, how we get our power. It could still be coal, but the price of going that route exclusively is becoming steeper. It could be wind power. Or…it could be solar. The two most important things to realize are:
  • These choices are open for exploration. Many people don’t realize that they have options available to them aside from paying the amount on their electric bill every month without fuss.
  • These options generally come with the ability to find out how much they cost…for free. Shine Solar provides a no-cost, no-obligation solar analysis, during which we look at each home or business’s energy usage, perform a shade analysis, and give them a custom priced based upon their unique usage. And after we provide you that information, the ball is in your court. We’re not going to hassle you. We’re not going to guilt you. If solar is a poor choice based on the fact that you live in a forest, or sunlight just doesn’t optimally hit your roof, we’re going to tell you that, too. Knowledge is power, and the more you have, the better off you’ll be in manifesting your own energy reality.
This July, think about what your household or business needs. What it deserves. If you have already transitioned to solar energy, then celebrate YOU this month, as you have declared your energy independence. If you haven’t pulled the trigger yet, then check into it. Why not? It’s free to do, and you come out of the process armed with education…which is a beautiful thing whether you choose to go solar or not. Either way, take a moment to celebrate this month. Celebrate life. Liberty. And the pursuit of happiness. And then give us a call if you’d like. You’re great, right?  So this month, why not grant independence…to yourself? 844-80-SHINE.

13 Reasons Why You Should Go Solar Now

We get a lot of questions about solar every day, but what people really want to know is, why is solar a good idea? Am I going to get scammed? So this week, we decided to cut to the chase and give you a delicious baker’s dozen reasons WHY you should consider
Shine Solar now.

Reason #1

 Right now, you pay an electric bill that will periodically go up, with no end in sight. There are no guarantees regarding how large price increases will be, or how often they will occur. You have a lifetime contract with the utility company. You will never have your electric payment paid off. With solar payments, there IS a light at the end of the tunnel.Once your solar array is paid off, you’re done.

Reason #2

Furthermore, your payment will remain unchanged. There will never be that uncertainty about how often your solar payment will go up, or by how much.

Reason #3

Solar panel longevity is incredible. These things are built to last. They’re built to withstand 80-mph straight winds and golf-ball-sized hail hits at up to 80 mph. Tier One solar panels, which is the type we use at Shine Solar, are even tougher. With layers of silicon covered in tempered glass, the only weather-related trouble you’ll have is in the case of whole-home damage from a tornado.

Reason #4

Our solar panels additionally have a 25-year warranty, PLUS our five-year workmanship warranty.Panels are also covered under homeowner’s insurance, for an additional premium of a few dollars a month at most.

Reason #5

What about if you want your roof replaced and it ISN’T an insurance claim? If you get your solar array, and then decide you want a new roof within five years, we will remove and replace your system free of charge. We don’t want to rush you to replace your roof right away if it’s got a few years left in it.

Reason #6

The price of solar has dropped over 70% in the last seven years, while the price of electricity continues to rise. This is why solar has become such an economical choice. It’s not just for the wealthy anymore. You truly CAN go solar for zero money down.

Reason #7

The new school way of financing isn’t like the old school. Back then, solar cost was prohibitive, and financing for solar was almost unheard of. Now, with costs low and demand high, many lenders compete for the right to provide service.

Reason #8

You can also lock in a payment similar to your average electric bill so that you aren’t coming up with any additional money month-to-month.

Reason #9

While solar is relatively new in the Midwest as opposed to the coasts, Arkansas and Missouri have a surprisingly high percentage of sunlight hours. In fact, we’re comparable with Florida and California in that regard. So while we love to joke about “If you don’t like the weather in the Midwest, wait five minutes,” the truth is we’re holding our own against the big boys.

Reason #10

Each of our customers has a personal concierge who will be with them long after the installation. This is our way of making sure each and every person who “Shines” with us, so to speak, receives the individualized attention they deserve.

Reason #11

If your electric bill isn’t lowered after we switch your solar panels on, then we will  pay the difference up to $200.

Reason #12

We will also provide a complimentary smart thermostat and 20 LED bulbs with installation!Why not?

Reason #13

A free solar analysis is really, truly free. You can arm yourself with the information to make an educated decision regarding solar. And knowledge, as we all know, is power.
There are plenty of reasons to go solar today, so give us a call at 844-80-SHINE to get your free solar analysis.