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5 Reasons Homeowners Don’t Go Solar (And Why They’re Wrong!)

5 Reasons Homeowners Don’t Go Solar (And Why They’re Wrong!)

Solar is becoming more and more common these days. There are not many places in San diego (or California for that matter) you can go without seeing solar panels scattered from roof to roof. Even with the large surge in solar installations over the past several years, I still hear many reasons why homeowners don’t want to get with the program.

These are the top 5 – and why they no longer apply:

Reason #1 – I’m Too Old

This is one of my personal favorites. I can’t count the number of people I have spoken with that believe they are “too old” for a solar home conversion. Customers over the age of 65 often think that they’ll never see the return on their investment. Although this may have been true years ago, now that’s simply no longer the case. With the rapid drop in price of solar panels, the ever-decreasing cost of installation, the many new financing options and low rates that are available, and solar federal tax credits and most of our solar customers are saving money from day one. In fact, here at Solar West we have several no money down options that save our customers between 20 and 40 percent on average off their power bill their first month out. Add to the fact solar will help your children and grandchildren by increasing the value of your home and saving an already beaten and bruised planet, and age is hardly a factor!

Reason #2 – I have Bad Credit

This one is another big concern for many homeowners who are considering converting to solar. Back when the solar boom first started, it wasn’t uncommon to require a pristine credit score to even consider the idea of financing a solar system. As the Solar industry has progressed and the need for green renewable energy has increased, getting financing for doing your part to save the planet has become easier than ever. Many of the customers we help are barely over the 600 credit score mark and still receive top notch financing with some of the best rates around.

Reason #3 – No Money Down

Many customers I speak with are under the impression that getting a solar project started on their house will require large sums of money up front that they simply don’t have. The solar industry has become very competitive as the solar boom continues, and installation companies are learning quickly that they can no longer require these large down payments if they want to stay competitive and earn your business. Many of the top solar installation companies understand the huge factor the initial cost plays in a solar decision and have several financing options in place to help just about anyone. Where solar installers used to require anywhere from $5000 to $10,000 down on a project, these days that number has decreased from $1000, to $500, to (in our case) no money out of pocket!

Reason #4 – I’m Busy With Other Projects

Whether it be a home remodel you’ve yet to complete, a car that needs fixing, or anything else that drains you of both time and money, things come up. Let me ask you something: When was the last time one of these projects actually put money back in your pocket? Solar is one of the few home improvements that you will ever make where you’ll see an almost instant return on your investment. Say for example, with a basic financing option and solar setup, you were able to drop that ever-increasing power bill from $400 to $200 a month. From then on out you are saving $2400 a year. I don’t know about you, but that amount of money sounds a lot like the new bathroom I’ve been putting off finishing for the past year!

Reason #5 – I Have Geographic Obstacles

Obviously in order for solar to work for you, one major component is required. The sun. It’s true that geographic location and things such as trees can hinder solar performance. What a lot of people don’t know is many of these obstacles can be removed or avoided altogether. Between tree services,  ground mount systems, and above all else the help of an experienced solar contractor, there’s not much that can keep you from getting a home solar system up and running. There’s always going to be certain situations that can’t be over come so be sure to get a consultation and site inspection before you sign the dotted line. If this has been a concern for you, then please contact us to set up your free consultation.