With more and more homeowners in Bellingham and beyond making the investment, “solar energy” has become quite the buzzword in recent years. There is a good reason for this! Solar panels help homeowners reduce their energy usage as well as costs.
In case you’re wondering if solar is “worth it” for customers who live in the Pacific Northwest–where we don’t get a whole lot of sunny days compared to our neighbors who are further south–the answer is yes, solar energy is actually a great choice.
Part of why this is true is due to the increase in home value that solar installations bring. Read on to learn more!
Does Going Solar Really Increase Home Value?
Whether you’re looking to sell your home soon or you just started exploring the idea and it’s still years off, yes, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, yes, going solar really can increase home value.
In fact, they estimate that every dollar saved on energy through solar panels can increase your home’s value by $20 So a solar energy system that saves $200 per year would also add $4,000 to the value of a home. And according to Zillow, homes with solar panels have the potential to sell for 4.1% more than homes without.
NREL says that homes with solar panels actually stay on the market for 20% less time than those without. This can be a breath of fresh air if you’re relying on the profits from your home to go toward a down payment for your next home. Finally, having solar panels in place, in general, saves you money, as you’ll be using less energy, and this will reflect on your monthly utility bills.
How Well Do Solar Panels Work in the Pacific Northwest?
Perhaps you’re still a bit skeptical, thinking something along the lines of “Can solar panels even really work in Washington State? It’s so cloudy and dark most of the time.”
You’re not wrong–we aren’t exactly known as “the sunshine state” after all.
What you may not realize though, is that solar energy can be stored for later use. So those long summer days that we experience can make up for any dreary, overcast weather we have moving forward.
The Added Benefits of Going Solar
Increasing your home value to prep your house to sell is great, but this isn’t the only advantage you’ll have by going solar. You’ll be investing in clean energy, reducing your carbon footprint, and you can also take advantage of state and local incentives to save even more.
As someone once said, “The sun will come out tomorrow!” So call Solar by Barron and go solar today!
Our team of Home Performance Experts has served the I-5 corridor from Blaine to Marysville, Oak Harbor to Concrete, as well as the San Juan Islands since 1972 with a mission of Improving Lives™. We look forward to serving you too! Contact Solar by Barron today for professional Bellingham solar system services.