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Converting to Solar Energy in Your Home

There are several factors to consider before converting to solar energy in your home. In this article we’ll discuss costs, the Photovoltaic effect, cost per watt, and the Tiered pricing plan. Hopefully, this article will help you make an informed decision about solar energy for your home. After all, if you choose the wrong source, you’ll only end up paying for energy that you’re not using anyway.


A typical solar system can save a home more than $50 per month on its electricity bill. Over the course of 20 years, this could translate into more than $30,000 of utility savings. This cost savings is even greater when you consider the federal tax incentives for solar panels. Many solar systems are also available with little to no money down through solar purchase power agreements. This option lets homeowners access utility savings immediately after installation. Not only that, but the reduced utility costs will also increase the value of your home.

Photovoltaic effect

The process of converting sunlight into electricity involves a photovoltaic cell. This device works by allowing light to strike a semiconducting material, typically silicon. The incoming light energy knocks loose electrons in the material, which in turn becomes solar electricity. The cell has two layers of silicon. These layers are specially treated so that they produce an electric field. One side is net positive, while the other is negative. As a result, when the light strikes the silicon, the electrons are knocked loose and flow through the solar cell in one direction. This process is called the photovoltaic effect.

Cost per watt

With power bills rising across the country, more homeowners are turning to solar energy to save money on their utility bills. Some areas in the US have power bills ranging between $400 and $900 each month. If you want to save money on your utility bills, switching to solar energy is the right choice for you. Here are some of the reasons why it’s a great idea to go solar. This renewable energy source is abundant, clean, and free.

Saving money

There are many benefits to converting to solar energy in your home. Most states, DC included, offer net metering, which allows you to sell any excess solar power back to the grid in exchange for credits. This way, you’ll only be paying for grid power after the sun goes down. If you need more energy, you can store the excess in a battery or sell it back to the utility.


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