The Lowdown on Solar Panels for Your Home

Homeowners in New England are able to reduce their energy bills considerably by installing solar panels on their roofs.

Solar power saves you money on electricity (a lot of it). According to Zachary Shahan of CleanTechnica, “The average 20-year savings for homeowners in the United States having had solar panels installed in 2011 is projected to be around $20,000! In the populous states of New York, California, and Florida, the projected savings were over $30,000. In the sunny but expensive paradise known as Hawaii, the projected savings were nearly $65,000!” (Shahan)

Homeowners see savings on the first electric bill after installing solar panels. When you utilize solar panels in your home, your electricity bills will be less than what you pay the utility company because solar power production offsets what you purchase from your utility.

Solar power fight against global warming. Simply put, global warming threatens our survival. Solar panels create electricity without producing global warming pollution.

Solar panels on your roof generally last 20-25 years.

It’s important that your roof can last just as long! If you have damaged shingles on your roof, you need to fix or replace the roof before solar panels are installed on top of it.

If you install solar panels on a damaged roof, the cost of re-roofing will increase as the panels have to be removed and then reinstalled. For that reason, we suggest having a new roof added to your home before you install solar panels. Check with your roofing company for their recommendation and pricing information.

Your home must meet certain standards to have solar panels installed.

The panels are large and quite heavy. Your roof must be able to support those panels. Before solar panels are installed you should have a structural analysis of your roof done, which is usually required but a good idea even if it’s not required. Your roof may not meet the standards it needs to have solar panels installed. If your roof isn’t up to par, consider having a new roof installed. Take a look at the cost savings solar power will provide you down the line, and also the benefits of a new roof in terms of safety and wear and tear.

It’s important to remember, whether or not you decide to install solar panels, you do not want a poor roof on your home.

Are you interested in learning more about solar panel installation for your home? We partner with the best—our solar installer has years of experience installing solar panels in Massachusetts homes. Call us with your questions and for a free quote at 978-664- 0668 or email

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