Don’t let the myths about solar energy keep you from taking advantage of it!

In the energy sector, solar and other forms of renewable energy are fairly new, at least as widespread energy sources. Because solar energy isn’t quite as commonplace as say natural gas or oil, there is a lot of misinformation surrounding it. Unfortunately, some of the myths surrounding solar actually keep homeowners from taking advantage of it, even though it could be beneficial to them in a number of ways. Luckily, the solar energy experts in Weatherford at Apex Home Energy Savings are here to set the record straight. Here is a list of the most common myths about solar energy:

Myth #1. Solar panels damage roofs.

In order for a solar panel to be installed, the installer has to drill holes into the roof. However, this doesn’t automatically mean that there will be roof damage. If you have a reputable installer, like Apex Home Energy Savings, they will take steps to make the roof penetrations waterproof and protected from the elements.

Myth #2. Solar panels are way too expensive.

Did you know that as much as 97 percent of Americans actually overestimate how much solar panels cost? If you are one of them, you’ll be glad to know that the cost of solar panels has gone down by 80 percent since just 2008. The fact is that most of the residential solar customers we get are middle-income households who are looking to save more money every month, not uber rich people hoping to stay on top of the latest technology. There are lots of ways to save on solar in Texas; read our previous blog to learn about a few of your options.

Myth #3. Solar panels are ugly and lower home values.

Technology has come a long way where solar energy is concerned, and there are now more options than those big, rectangular panels that most people think of when they think of solar. Modern solar panels are much sleeker and more sophisticated-looking than the traditional options. However, even if you do end up with those traditional solar panels on your home, you don’t have to worry about your home’s value dropping. In all actuality, solar panels will add value to your home, not lower it.

Myth #4. Your HOA or POA can stop you from installing solar panels.

Do you want to install solar panels but your home owner association (HOA) or property owner association (POA) has rules against it? Don’t let your HOA stop you. Residents of the great state of Texas are protected from POA and HOA barriers. In 2011, a bill was passed that greatly limits the circumstances in which POAs and HOAs can shut down or modify solar projects, and in 2015, the loophole that allowed solar projects to be shut down by POAs and HOAs was closed, making it easier for Texas to go solar, despite what their HOA or POA may say.

These are just a few of the many myths out there about solar, but you shouldn’t let them keep you from taking advantage of it! Visit us online at Apex Home Energy Savings today to learn more.