Did you know Iowa is actually one of the top states for solar in the country?
With more homeowners trying to find a clean renewable energy source, there are a lot of questions around how residential solar impacts Iowa communities.
The great news is that as homeowners go solar, the whole community can benefit!
Keep reading as we go over the top five ways of how rooftop solar makes Iowa better for everyone.
1. Solar Relieves the Strain on Iowans’ Wallets
Solar is a great way to start taking control of your wallet and maximize your savings. Especially with inflation causing everyone to be a little more concerned about cutting back on spending.
On average Iowans can save up to 74% of your monthly energy costs, or around $79.92 per month and $959.04 annually for the average home.
Plus, until the end of the year, homeowners can take advantage of the Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC). Currently, that credit helps homeowners recoup 26% of the cost of their system.
Act fast before the tax credit goes away at the end of 2022. Your wallet will thank you!
2. Solar Reduces Iowa’s Carbon Footprint
If you’re concerned about your impact on Iowa’s environment, consider solar for your home or business.
Within the first years of using solar, homeowners saw their carbon footprint reduced around 20 times less than the carbon output from a coal powered electricity source.
The average Iowa home uses around 1,000 kWh of energy each month, so solar (which only produces around 11 grams of C02 per kilowatt hour) can reduce your carbon footprint at home by as much as 800 pounds of carbon compared to natural gas. For homeowners switching from coal powered energy, you’d save over 2,000 pounds of carbon each month!
3. Solar Reduces the Electrical Grid’s Stress
Did you know that solar energy actually reduces stress on the electrical grid during the extreme heat and cold when energy usage across the grid is significantly higher.
Grid tied solar sends excess energy back to the grid. That electricity means that traditional power plants that are less efficient in high heat don’t have to work as hard, and the grid isn’t relying on a single source of power.
Having another source of energy for the community, one that’s local and doesn’t have to travel from several counties away, means a less stressed out grid and better access for all.
4. Solar Reduces the Non-Renewable Electricity Demand
Similar to points 2 and 3, having rooftop solar helps not just you save money and reduce your carbon footprint, but your whole community.
When a home has grid-tied solar, you’re able to send excess energy back onto the grid via net metering. That energy helps power your community, and you as the homeowner receive a credit that you can use during the winter or a storm.
As more homeowners switch to solar and start making their own electricity, that helps further reduce the stress the grid experiences during high demand periods like hot summer weather.
Plus, the energy being used across Iowa becomes cleaner and safer!
5. Homeowners Can Use the Sun to Their Advantage
Unlike other energy sources, solar energy relies on an energy source that isn’t at risk of running out of.
Homeowners who go solar can key into a clean and safe energy source, while saving thousands on their energy bills.
If that’s not enough of a reason, homes with solar also have higher property value than homes without. Solar is a great investment in and of itself, but also makes your home a better investment too.
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