Will you let those UV rays go to waste?

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You don’t have to let those UV rays go to waste. A solar energy system will catch them and, over time, put utility dollars back in your pocket.

Doesn’t it seem like a shame to allow all those UV rays go to waste? You don’t have to capture the UV rays for your own uses. You can rely on utility companies to provide your electricity. They’ll pump electricity into the wires of your home day and night and with only occasional power disruptions.

Of course, the utility company will follow up the electricity they send with a monthly invoice. The sun, on the other hand, doesn’t bill us for electricity. The cost comes in setting up the equipment to capture those UV rays. That’s where the difference comes to play.

The utility company will send an invoice each month for the rest of your life. A solar energy system, used to capture the UV rays, only requires payments until the equipment is paid for. From that point forward, the UV rays are as free as sunlight.

With ‘net metering’ the utility company is even required to provide homeowners with solar energy systems with an electric savings account. You’ll receive credits contributed to the electric grid on bright sunny days and you can use those credits for the utility company’s electric on days and nights when the sun isn’t shining.

Another big advantage to capturing UV rays is that it’s pollution free. It also doesn’t create spent nuclear fuel we need to bury in mountains for a 159,200 years or however long it takes until they’re safe. The UV rays will come and it’s only a question of whether you want to catch them. You can almost think of solar energy panels as a modern rain barrel for energy.

Solar energy is a great alternative, but watch out for solar energy scams

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Solar energy is a great idea but you do have to watch out for scam artists.

A Website dedicated to exposing scams writes that solar scams are among ‘the biggest scams around’ this year. CBS News did a story July 30, 2018, that includes a section about solar energy scams. And they’re right. They are scam artists working the solar energy front to separate honest consumers from their money every day. In spite of the scam artists, solar energy is a great way to save money, cut the cord with energy companies and do something to protect and preserve the environment.

Unfortunately, when there is a good idea, and that idea is popular, people who want to break the rules and cheat their way to your hard-earned dollars come out of the woodwork. Those scammers see opportunity in the solar-energy market.

Some people are so eager to rush in and do something for the environment, while reaping the benefits of solar energy, that they aren’t sufficiently cautious with their money.

With solar energy, you can generate your own energy and reduce or eliminate the utility bills that show up, like clockwork, in your mailbox each month. And, there are government incentives and tax breaks that encourage consumers to take the plunge and go solar. But, that’s one way that the scam artists work on the good intentions of consumers.

Advertisements, often seen on social networks, will over-emphasize the incentives and tax breaks available to homeowners who have solar panels installed on their roofs. And when they come out to install the solar panels and hook up the solar energy system, with their focus on scamming consumers, the quality of their workmanship is often sadly lacking.

Protect yourself from scammers when shopping for solar energy products and installation

Like any purchase, the more you educate yourself, the better prepared you are to make a wise purchase and the less susceptible you are to scam artists. This is all the more important when making a major purchase, such as installing solar panels on your home.

There are strong emotional motivations for ‘going solar.’ But you don’t want your emotions to dominate your solar energy purchase. You want to take a good look at the company you hire to install your solar panels and connect your solar energy system. Are they an established company in your area? Do they have solid references – people you can talk to about their experiences with the solar energy contractor?

You want someone who can give you the story straight and without hype – someone who knows solar energy intricately. The right contactor will share the pros and the cons and will tell you up front what you can actually expect when you convert to solar energy.

A legitimate solar energy contractor knows that the benefits are great enough that solar energy will generally sell itself. The contractor doesn’t have to dazzle prospective buyers with nonsense. If solar energy isn’t the right fit for someone, it’s better that they find out and wait until it is right. There are more than enough people who will truly benefit from ‘going solar’ that truth is always the best approach.

Solar panels truly are the gift that keeps on giving and giving

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Imagine giving the gift of solar panels to your son or daughter and their spouse. It’s a gift they’ll appreciate for years to come.

That’s true: solar panels are the gift that keeps on giving and giving. Maybe you already have solar panels on your roof. Maybe you’re thinking about putting solar panels on your roof. But, imagine if you could put solar panels on mom and dad’s roof. Imagine if you could surprise your son or daughter with solar panels on their roof.

Due to your gift, for decades to come, they’ll have little or no electric bill to pay from month to month. Maybe you were thinking of buying them a car. That’s a wonderful gift. But, unlike a solar energy system, the purchase of a car won’t enjoy the benefits of government incentives to defray some of the costs. The solar panels will.

Within approximately five years, the savings from the solar panels will come close to equaling your investment to put them up on the roof. And, there’s another advantage to solar panels over a car as a gift for the holidays.

Solar panels require virtually no maintenance. They sit up on the roof quietly producing electricity. Their patience and dedication to chewing up an electric bill are awe-inspiring. From up on the roof, solar panels also add to the resale value of your loved one’s home.

The only real question about the solar energy system you give them is what they’ll do with all that money they would have sent to ComEd or some other utility provider. While they’re saving that money on electric bills, they’ll have reason to think of you throughout the year. Yes, throughout the year – those solar panels are capturing UV rays and transforming them into electricity even in the winter.