Las Vegas is one of the sunniest cities in the country. While this causes temperatures to rise, it also proves to be a valuable resource for locals. For at least 300 days of the year, homeowners can harvest the energy of the sun and use it to power their homes in a way that's much cleaner and more efficient than virtually any other option. So, why aren't more people using solar energy?
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You may have noticed, you may have heard, and you should soon see the proof: the trend toward “going solar” by equipping homes with solar panels is finally gaining momentum. And Nevada is proving to be a national leader.
Nevada has one of the most progressive solar laws in the country, and these laws work in consumers' favor by spurring incentives that make solar in Las Vegas more affordable.
If you're considering installing rooftop solar panels on your home, you may have noticed that the line blurs between need and want. You may need to save up to 40 percent on your electric bill and want to reduce your carbon footprint and the dependency on your utility company. But, if you're wondering how the installation will affect your home's value, take heart. Evidence continues to mount that a solar energy system is one smart financial investment.
If the First Quality Roofing & Insulation team has heard the sales pitches from companies hoping to lease solar panels to Las Vegas residents, we assume you have, too. Before you do anything rash, be sure to gather all the facts. In most cases, leasing isn't the smarter choice. As Consumer Reports puts it, “Buying solar panels requires an investment and more decision-making than leasing, but over the long term the benefits of owning your system are hard to beat.”
There was a time when being included on a top 10 list meant that people were going to laugh when they found out why.
But Remodeling magazine's 31st annual “Cost vs. Value Report” is no laughing matter. It compares the costs of 20 of the most popular remodeling projects in 100 American cities with how much estate professionals believe those projects will improve a home’s value at resale time.
The average payback ranged from a high of 98.3 percent to a low of 47.6 percent. And for the first time, roof replacement cracked the top 10. By all indications, the installation of solar panels cannot be far behind.
Solar panel installation can seem like a complex process. From choosing your panels to having your roof evaluated, there are a lot of people involved. On the other hand, when you choose a qualified roofing contractor to install your solar panels, you'll not only streamline the process, but your overall results will also be better. Here's what you need to know about choosing a roofer for solar panel installation.
Solar panels make a lot of sense.
They can save you thousands of dollars a month in energy costs, they might make you eligible to earn a tax credit, and they help protect the environment.
And that's just a few of the benefits of having solar energy panels installed on your house.
With such an upside, it's no not a surprise that so many Americans are installing solar energy panels on their homes. But solar energy is still a relatively new technology, which means many might think installation is complicated and beyond their reach.
Some of what you've heard about solar panels is probably true, especially the part about how it usually takes several years to recoup the initial investment.
In this way, solar panels are no different from other “big-ticket” items in your home, such as your furnace and air conditioner. It can take several years to recoup the initial outlay for these purchases, too.
First Quality Roofing & Insulation installs solar panels at homes and businesses throughout Las Vegas and knows that there are other, money-saving benefits, that they deliver from day one. Consider:
If you have experience selling a home, then you probably also have experience with the return on your investment for certain home improvements.
You can expect to recoup between about 54 and 70 percent of your costs if you install a backup power generator or backyard patio or if you remodel a basement or bathroom, says Remodeling magazine. Install attic insulation and expect a payback so amazing that it took the magazine's editors – and the team at First Quality Roofing & Insulation – by surprise: a 107 percent return on investment.
Today, a new category of home improvements is clamoring for attention: solar panels, also known as rooftop photovoltaics, that soak up the sun. Whether you install them with resale value in mind or because you want to reduce your monthly electric bill by as much as 40 percent, studies show that your sunny outlook is more than justified.
Las Vegas residents usually enjoy sunshine 85 percent of the time. This means that Las Vegas residents bask in sunshine more than 3,800 hours a year, making the city one of the sunniest in the United States. This sunny news bulletin underscores why Las Vegas homes are ideal hosts for solar panels, which come with several additional benefits.