By Mikkie Mills
The impending climate crisis has been at the forefront of the news for much of the past several years. Reversing the damage before it is too late will take effort from everyone. As a bonus, the benefits of using solar power in your lake home has for the environment can also pay off in a variety of other ways. Consider these 10 reasons to invest in solar power for your lake home.
1. Practical Energy Savings
Solar panels for home use are not the only green technology out there that can save you energy, but they are one of the most practical. Some options, such as biomass fuels, are significantly more expensive. Wind power is more dependent on location and geothermal and hydroelectric power requires your home to be near flowing water. By contrast, the sun shines everywhere for at least half the day.
2. Cost Savings
Using solar panels in your lake home can significantly reduce or even eliminate the amount of electricity you need to purchase from the power company. In some places, you can even sell excess solar energy to your neighbors. Solar panels also hold their value well, which may increase the resale value of your home.
Most solar panels come with at least a 25-year warranty and many are still operational for years beyond that point. As solar technology continues to improve, newer panels can be expected to last even longer than the already durable older models.
If your lake home is in an out-of-the-way location, you do not have to worry about unreliable utility connections when you install solar panels. You also have some protection if your home is located in an area with frequent severe weather events that may cause power outages.
5. Minimal Impact on the Environment
Solar panels generate electricity without the harmful greenhouse gas emissions produced by burning fossil fuels. Using solar power, instead of GHG producing power sources helps reduce carbon dioxide in the air, which is a major contributor to climate change.
6. You Might Get a Tax Break
The government has extended the solar Investment Tax Credit through 2021 for some homeowners. If your home qualifies for this tax credit, you may be able to deduct 22% of the cost of your solar system from your taxes.
7. Less Air Pollution
Burning fossil fuels releases a lot of pollution into the air and is largely responsible for the smog in places like China, New York, and California. Smog doesn’t just look bad, it is also bad for human health. Using solar panels instead of fossil fuels helps reduce the amount of pollution in the air.
8. Saves Water
Hydropower and nuclear energy are two of the main alternatives to burning fossil fuels for energy and they both consume large amounts of water. The dams required to operate these facilities can also harm the local ecosystem. Solar panels neither consume water nor negatively impact local ecosystems.
Not only does burning fossil fuels harm the environment, but eventually those fuels will run out. As fossil fuels become more scarce, prices will rise and energy shortages will become an increasing problem if more people do not migrate to sustainable energy sources, such as solar energy.
10. Falling Costs
The cost to install a solar power system has dropped more than 70% in the past ten years, making solar energy a very affordable option. Because solar panels have no moving parts, they are also very economical to maintain. Additionally, the price of solar batteries has also decreased by about a third, making it affordable to ensure you always have access to energy.
Installing a solar energy system in your lake house comes with benefits that range from cost savings to reduced air pollution and a positive impact on climate change. Solar panels are long-lasting, can provide you with freedom from utility connections, and can increase the value of your home.
Mikkie is a freelance writer from Chicago. She is a mother of two who loves sharing her ideas on natural health cures and news, budgeting hacks, and favorite DIY projects. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her little ones around or can be found rock climbing at her local climbing gym.