More Americans are using solar power. Solar systems have greatly increased in power since 2008, from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) to approximately 30 GW in 2019, or enough to provide energy for nearly 6 million households in the United States. There are about 209,000 workers in the U.S. solar industry, which represents a 123% increase in solar-related jobs. One of the reasons for this growth is the lower price for the consumer: the U.S. Department of Energy reports that photovoltaic (PV) solar panels cost 60% less than they did nine years ago, and the price tag for solar electric systems has decreased by 50% within the same period. In 2016, solar PV systems in American households were estimated to be worth nearly $5 billion.
Solar power is growing not only in the U.S. but beyond. In 2017, the world solar market saw an increase of 29.3%, with 98.9 GW of added power.
The Benefits of Swimming Pool Solar Heating Systems
One use of solar energy is heating swimming pools. If you’re using gas or electric power to heat your pool, solar can lower your energy and maintenance bills. Solar PV panels last longer than gas and electric heating units, which means you’ll spend less on replacements. Because solar uses the sun to generate power, it’s a greener energy source, so you can feel good about installing a solar system. Swimming pool solar heating systems can also add to property values since they lower energy costs. For example, if you save over $1000 on your electric bill, you may see your property value grow by more than $20,000. People looking for a new home want to know they’ll save on energy costs.
Installing Solar Throughout Your Home
If you add solar not only to your swimming pool but to your entire home, you may sell your house sooner and for a higher price. Home buyers are more likely to be interested in properties where they can pay significantly less for utilities.
Solar PV panels should be professionally installed. Call a solar panel company in your area to learn more.