With the high cost of energy, you may have considered converting to solar heating and cooling. This could reduce your energy costs by more than half, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. However, if you are undecided at this point, there are three things you should know that may help you make your decision, over and above the substantial energy savings.
1) Incentives are available when you convert to solar energy. These may come in the form of federal or state tax credits and rebates from your energy supplier.
- Currently you may recoup up to 30 percent of the purchase and installation of a qualifying system as a credit on your federal tax return through 2016.
- This conversion must occur on your primary residence.
- In California, rebates are available through the California Solar Initiative program.
2) Converting to solar heating and cooling likely will increase your home’s value.
- According to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the average increase is $20 for every dollar decrease in your annual utility bills.
3) When you convert to solar energy, you are lessening your impact on the environment by decreasing your carbon footprint.
- Solar is a complete source of renewable energy.
- No hazardous carbon dioxide emissions are produced.
- Energy can be generated wherever the sun shines.
For more expert advice about solar heating and cooling or other issues related to home comfort, please feel free to Donald P. Dick Air Conditioning. We have been serving the San Joaquin Valley for almost 40 years.
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