It’s time. If you haven’t gotten one already, do yourself a favor and get a quote for having solar panels installed on your home.
We know. You’re busy. You don’t want to get deal with annoying salespeople. You think solar panels cost too much.
But hear us out on this.
When it comes to solar panels for your home, carving just a little bit of time out of your busy schedule to gather some info just may pay off with some surprisingly big savings for you in the years, and decades, to come.
And yes, some salespeople can be annoying. But some can be super helpful and be a wealth of helpful information that you can’t easily find anywhere else.
Here are 5 reasons why we think every US homeowner should get a solar quote this year.
1. You’ll learn exactly what tax credits, rebates and incentives you are eligible for
You can do some research online to figure some of this out. But local solar installers know what’s available in your area better than anyone.
There is a 30% federal solar tax credit available. Some states also offer a tax credit and other incentives. Some counties and cities even offer incentives. And you can sometimes even get rebates or other perks from solar panel manufacturers.
Again, no one will know better than a local installer how much money you can potentially get. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to end up saving 30% – 60% on costs.
2. You’ll find out how much you can save on electricity costs
There are calculators online that can give you estimates on how much you can save on electricity costs by switching to solar. But, they’re just that. Estimates.
Getting estimates from a local solar company that’s familiar with your area, your electric utility rates, the types/size of solar energy system your home can support, etc. will give you a MUCH more accurate idea of your savings here.
3. You’ll find out what financing/payment options are available
You don’t have to pay for a solar installation in cash. There are a number of financing options available.
A local installation company may offer financing themselves. Or they can recommend some good options for you (sometimes state or local governments offer excellent terms for solar leases).
By getting a quote, you can find out what options you have for financing your panels, see what your monthly payments will be vs. your estimated electricity cost savings, and better understand what your payment options are.
4. Get a summary of your project
How many solar panels will you need? What will the layout look like on your roof (or in your yard)? How much electricity will your system produce? What will the final costs of your project be? What type of equipment will you be getting? Does getting a battery backup make sense?
These are all common questions people getting solar have. Again, you can get at least some idea from these things by doing your research online. But by getting a solar quote from a local installer, you’ll get clearer, more accurate answers to these questions.
5. Waiting could cost you $1000s (if not more)
One of the biggest things cutting the cost of home solar these days is the 26% federal solar tax credit. That drops to 22% in 2023 and goes away completely in 2024 unless Congress does something about it (yeah, we’re not holding our breath on that one either!). On a $15,000 solar installation, the tax credit will slash almost $4,000 of the cost of the panels and installation. It’s a HUGE gift from the government that’s going away soon. So, if you even think solar panels may make sense for your home, you don’t want to miss out on this one.
Thanks to the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the above no longer applies. However, due to rising electric costs, increasing solar panel prices and state incentives that are going away, waiting to get solar panels STILL could end up costing you $1000s!
Bottom Line on Getting a Solar Quote
With sinking solar panel costs and skyrocketing electricity rates, the time to go solar is now for many US homeowners.
Getting a quote so you have clear idea of the costs, incentives, savings, etc. of installing solar panels on your home in a no-brainer.
You may be surprised at what you learn.
Maybe you’ll learn solar doesn’t make sense for your home. In which case, at least you know.
But maybe you’ll learn it’ll cost a lot less than you think and the cost savings in the years and decades ahead will add up to a big chunk of change.
So get a solar quote and find out.
We recommend using UnderstandSolar.com to get at least one of your quotes. They are the #1 solar advisor in the US.
They don’t do installations themselves. They just have partnerships with the most trusted solar installation companies around the US. This way you know you’re getting a quote from a reputable company.