When we mention solar panels, the topic generates a lot of great questions. We thought it would be helpful to our customers to collect these questions and provide answers for you. Read on for Oaks Construction’s solar panel FAQ.
Will Solar Panels Save Me Money?
Yes. Solar panels will reduce or even eliminate your electric bills. Solar Estimate offers you a look at just how much you might save over the next 25 years. An average 2,800 sq. ft. house in the Rochester, NY, area can save over $3,100 per year in energy costs. Check out your home. You may save even more!
Will Solar Panels Increase the Value of My Home?
Zillow conducted a study in 2019 to determine if adding solar panels increases the value of a house. On average, homes with solar energy systems in the US sold for an average of 4.1% more than comparable homes with no solar panels.
Will Using Solar Energy on My Home Really Affect the Environment?.
In a word, yes. Using solar panels on any buildings helps decrease our carbon footprint. A typical solar panel on your home will eliminate three to four tons of carbon emissions annually. That’s the equivalent of planting 100 trees.
How Do Solar Panels Work?
Solar panels are made up of solar or photovoltaic (PV) cells. These cells turn sunlight into electricity. The electricity is DC, or direct current, and our home appliances run on AC, alternating current, so you will need an inverter to convert the energy for use in your home.
What If My Solar Panels Make More Electricity Than I Need?
Most residential solar panel arrays are tied to their utility grid. Excess electricity generated from your array can be sent back to the utility grid for other customers. Your utility company may give you credit for the extra electricity sent to the grid.