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As solar grows in popularity, more and more homeowners are deciding whether it’s worth purchasing. Some solar companies keep pricing vague, focusing instead on the promise of massive cash savings. These sometimes-over-exaggerated promises force homeowners to spend hours researching companies and quote shopping in order to figure if solar is worth their money. At Blue Raven Solar, we choose to offer our customers complete transaction transparency. What does this mean? Well, we want each customer to feel confident in their solar purchase, so we can help them determine the value of solar by performing three simple actions: discover why they are going solar, estimate their potential solar savings and cost of the system, and provide the best deals available on the solar market.
Discovering your “Why” for Going Solar
The first step we help homeowners take is to show them the major benefits of going solar. By exploring possible benefits, it is so much easier for homeowners to determine their “why,” or their main reason for going solar. So, what are some of the main benefits of making the switch? The first benefit and most common “why” for homeowners is the monthly savings. In today’s day and age, solar companies utilize software that allows them to design and install a solar system that offsets 100% of their customer’s electricity bill. Thus, a solar system could leave homeowners paying only a small monthly fee to stay connected to the electrical grid.
The second benefit of going solar is its environmental impact. Solar panels are one of the most popular types of clean and renewable energy. Renewable energy generates power from a source of energy that cannot be depleted. Thus, solar is a form of renewable energy because it relies on light from the sun, and the energy it produces is clean because it does not give off any harmful carbon emissions. By installing solar, homeowners no longer depend on coal burning power plants and can start to give back to the environment. In fact, every solar system that is installed is equivalent to taking two cars that drive 150,000 miles each off the streets. Going solar because of its green impact is a great reason to go solar!
The third benefit of going solar is the ability to own the electricity that powers a home. Most utility companies control the electricity cost of entire cities and in some cases states. This means that at any given moment, they can bump up the cost of electricity, increasing your monthly bill substantially. To put this benefit in perspective, over the last 20 years, the price of electricity has gone up by more than 60%. Who’s to say that the increase won’t be the same or even worse in the next twenty years? Thus, going solar is one of the only ways to combat utility companies’ monopoly on the price of power.
The last benefit that is worth considering is that solar can increase the value of a home. Solar is a hot commodity among today’s homebuyers. Thus, homeowners who invest in a solar system can increase the overall value of their home anywhere from 1-10%. By presenting these major solar benefits, homeowners will be able to discover their “why” for going solar and can move to the next step that allows them to determine whether it really is worth their money.
Estimating the Cost and Savings of Solar
With a clearer reason to go solar in mind, homeowners will have an easier time determining whether the solar panels are worth their price. At Blue Raven Solar, we know that every homeowner is different. So even if a homeowner has a great reason to go solar, sometimes that homeowner’s situation will not permit a viable way to save money by going solar. That is why we pre-qualify each of our customers before they start on their solar journey. Some scenarios that prevent homeowners from going solar are their roof doesn’t get enough sunlight exposure, they don’t have a high enough or taxable income, or their power bill is simply too low. If a homeowner fits into any of these categories, we recommend that they not move forward with solar. By setting this standard, our customers know what they are getting themselves into before they make any payments.
When a customer passes the pre-qualifying stage, we know that their home can greatly benefit from going solar. Thus, we ask the homeowner for their latest energy bills in order to build out an accurate solar proposal. Our proposal team will use a homeowner’s billing information as well as sunlight tracking software to determine how many panels their home will need to offset 100% of their energy bill (or whatever % the homeowner desires). With that proposal built out, one of our solar specialists will personally or virtually meet the homeowner and walk them through the cost, savings, and installation process of going solar with Blue Raven Solar. If a homeowner has any questions, the solar specialist will be able and willing to answer those questions with full transparency. At the end of the meeting, homeowners will be left with a physical or digital proposal that will detail how long it will take to pay off the homeowner’s initial investment. Typically, the average homeowner will see a return on their investment after six to nine years of installation. If the solar owner decides to finance their panels with a loan, we do our best to make sure that the monthly loan payment is lower than their original electricity bill payment so that they are saving from day one of their solar journey.
Providing the best deals in the industry
With an accurate proposal in hand, homeowners should be able to quickly determine if the panels are worth their time and money. If one of our potential customers is still on the fence, we like to give them some extra time to reflect on their initial “why” for going solar as well as our current promotions. Unfortunately, this methodology is a rarity within the solar industry as most solar companies try to pressure those “on-the-fence” homeowners with unrealistic promises or exaggerated promotions. At Blue Raven Solar, we believe that our no pressure approach and latest solar promotions allows homeowners to make a clear decision that they’ll be happy with years down the line. So, let’s take a deeper look into our latest promotion.
As a solar company, we know that not every homeowner has tens of thousands of dollars in disposable income to pay for a solar system, which is why we’ve developed a financing program called BluePower Plus+. With BluePower Plus+, homeowners can take out a monthly loan that is 5-40% less than their current power bill, meaning that they will still save money every month. In addition to these monthly savings, the BluePower Plus+ program also covers a homeowner’s first 18 months of solar loan payments! This way you can start saving huge amounts of cash immediately. No matter the way you pay for your panels, Blue Raven also makes sure that you qualify for local and national incentives like the federal investment tax credit (ITC), which allows homeowners to use 26% of the cost of their solar system as a tax credit for the following year. When you combine all of the offerings that Blue Raven Solar provides, homeowners can save thousands of dollars!
The Blue Raven Way
Determining whether solar is worth it completely depends on a homeowner’s situation. It is our priority to help our customers become aware of how their current situation connects to solar. Thus, our number one priority always is the customer, which is why we have over 3,000 5-star reviews across online platforms. If you’ve had a bad experience with a solar company in the past or are looking to start your solar journey with a company that you can trust, Blue Raven Solar is the answer. We’ve spent years perfecting our customer service and prioritize your opinion. If you’ve read the post and are wanting to determine whether solar is worth it for your home and unique situation, we recommend that you start by looking at some more of our solar resources about the cost of going solar, the solar installation process, and more information about our team. You can also request a free solar quote and a solar consultation by filling out an application on our estimate your savings page.