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The Decision To Add Solar To Your Home: The Pros & Cons.
Deciding to add solar to your home can be tough for a lot of families. It can be difficult to navigate everything you hear about solar and what can be true and what is not true. We believe that the decision is different for every situation and it is important to assess your specific needs and wants when it comes to your household. There can be so many benefits to solar but that doesn’t mean that it is right for everyone.
Here is some information about solar that might help when making the decision.
1: You can save an average of $1,346 annually on energy bills by going solar.
2: For most homeowners in the U.S., it takes roughly eight years to break even on a solar panel investment. For example, if your solar installation cost is $16,000 and the system helps you conserve $2,000 annually on energy bills, then your payback period will be around eight years.
3: The price of solar has fallen over 70% since 2010.
4: Most solar panels have 20-year warranties, but many of the earliest-installed panels are still working 40 years later at 80% efficiency or more.
Below is list of pro’s and con’s that come with solar!
1: Solar can increase the value of your home
2: The panels themselves can last up to 25 years.
3: Savings on your monthly utility bills.
4: Reduces your carbon footprint.
1: Initial costs can be expensive.
2: Some panels do not work on all roof types.
3: Solar is a long term commitment
4: Solar is dependent on sunlight.
DISCLAIMER: This information is based on personal opinion
Local Grand Junction Solar Companies
· Atlasta Solar Center
· Skyline Solar Company
· High Noon Solar
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“Total housing inventory registered at the end of February was 980,000 units, identical to January and up 15.3% from one year ago (850,000). Unsold inventory sits at a 2.6-month supply at the current sales pace, down 10.3% from January but up from 1.7 months in February 2022.”
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6 Spring Cleaning Tips
1: Get Organized
It doesn’t have to be anything crazy but go through your nightstand, bathroom drawers, linen closet, and even your laundry room! De-clutter and get organized!
2: Clean Out The Refridgerator
Of course, it is not everyone’s favorite task but it is so necessary. Check the expiration dates on your perishables and get rid of your old food! Try to combine your bottles of multiple condiments and take out those old leftovers. Watch all the room you will create!
3: Do A Car Refresh
Nothing feels better than a clean car! Set a timer for 15 or even 30 minutes if you have and see how much you can get done! Take out all the trash, do a quick vaccum and re organize the space. You will thank yourself and it will set you up for a successful spring!
4: Go Through Your Closet
With the transition between winter and spring it is the perfect time to take 20 minutes to go through your closet. Pull out the jackets and sweatshirts that you never reached for this winter and donate! You can also pull your spring/summer items towards a more visible area of your closet and maybe get a reminder of the pieces that you do have that you might have forgotten about.
5: Deep Clean The Floors
After the winter your floors and carpet are at their dirtiest. Hire professional carpet cleaners or tackle it yourself! Your space will feel a lot better and overall become a more inviting area!
5: Tackle That List You Have Been Avoiding
We all have a list of dooming tasks we have been avoiding! Set aside some time with friends or your partner to get some of those things done on that list. Make it fun! Turn on some music or your favorite show and start crossing those items off!
5 Ways You Can Save On Your Heating Bill
1: Open your Curtains/Blinds
Opening up your window coverings when the sun is out will allow that Vitamin D to come through and naturally give a warmer feeling! Note: Be sure to close them as the sun is going down to keep all that heat inside.
2: Seal Up any Potential Air Leaks
Take a look at all windows, doors, light fixtures, walls, and celings for any air leaks. Although it seems minor it can add up over the winter and overall raise your heating bill.
3: Replace filters
Chances are your air filters are in need of a replacement! While you are at it checkout the instructions on when to change the filter next and set a reminder to help you remember the next time to change it! Typically you will want to change it monthly or every other month. Each furnace is different so be sure to look at your make and model.
4: Shut Doors
If you have any rooms in your home that are not used often, it is best to close the doors of those rooms. It is one less room your will have to heat and it leaves more heat for the other rooms in your home you are in more often.
5: Pay Attention To the Fireplace
Whatever room your fireplace is in, it is probably filling up with heat and not circulating throughout your whole house. Turn on your fan to help circulate the heat around the house, instead of just the one room!
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