87 Solar Myths
Waterbury, VT Resident Confirms Going Solar Adds Value to Your Home
Guest blogger Jo Lee of Green Machine PR is talking with Vermont residents who have gone solar and have proof that the myths in our free 87 Solar Myths ebook are accurate.
The home improvement list of Waterbury, Vermont resident Ed Ziedins included a number of standards – remodel kitchen, refinish basement… but it also included going solar. The Ziedins had scratched solar off their list a number of years ago after it proved too expensive. But in response to the Waterbury Local Energy Action Program (LEAP) awareness campaign, falling prices, new solar financing options and federal energy rebates, the Ziedins re-crunched the numbers and realized that solar was affordable and the best investment they could make in their house.
As a result, Ed became a textbook example of how solar impacts your home’s resale value – Myth #3 in the Real Goods Solar 87 Solar Myths ebook.
Ed’s research tells him to expect his new solar energy system to add $17,000-$20,000 to the value of his house. Some of Ed’s other projects would have added similar value but at greater inconvenience and cost. Unlike remodeling his kitchen, going solar didn’t require the expense of eating out for three to six months. And unlike refinishing his basement, going solar didn’t increase his property taxes. With Real Goods Solar, a leading renewable energy installer with Vermont roots going back 30 years, Ed found solar installation to be a pleasantly unobtrusive experience. “There were a couple consultations, a day of installation, and a visit from the local utility to swap out my meter. That was it.”
Another advantage: the panels are chore-free. “It’s such a relief to have something in my house that I don’t have to clean or mow. A lot of people assume that solar isn’t compatible with Vermont’s cold climate. But during the winter the sun melted the snow right off our panels. We never had to do a thing to keep our sun power flowing.”
And best of all, going solar enabled Ed to add value to his house while serving the greater good. As he put it, “Watching the meter run backwards gives my kids a sense of pride that we’re doing our part to preserve our climate and environment for future generations.”