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Exploring the economic and environmental advantages of solar

Jan 25, 2018 | In the News

The benefits of converting to solar energy can fill a long list. For the purpose of this article, we’ll  limit that list to just two very basic categories: Economics and environmental.

First, let’s talk economics. After your investment in solar energy equipment has been paid off — typically in less than 10 years — your monthly electric bill will be greatly reduced because, from then on, you’ll only be paying the electric company a basic hook-up fee of $15 to $17 per month. While your friends, family and neighbors will be worrying about their utility rates, which seem to climb every year, homeowners who go solar will be not be burdened by rising rates because they are now producing their own energy.

“Like any other corporation, utility companies are bound by their investors to do everything they can to maximize profits,” said Alicia Uebelhoer, co-owner of Buffalo Solar Solutions Inc. “For example, in the Buffalo area, National Grid recently submitted a plan to the state’s Public Service Commission that would increase electricity rates by as much as 11 percent over the next three years. Customers making the switch to solar energy are discovering that they simply do not need a utility company to produce — or deliver — their electricity.

“Additionally, most homes with solar panels will increase in value, offering another benefit should you ever decide to sell your home in the future. Today’s energy conscious homebuyers appreciate and understand the benefits of solar and are likely to pay more for a home that promotes a green lifestyle and offers the potential for a financial return on the homeowner’s initial investment.”

If, like millions of other Americans, you are concerned about the environment and leaving a cleaner planet for our children and grandchildren, the move to solar will also reduce your overall carbon footprint. A carbon footprint is defined as the total amount of greenhouse gases produced to directly and indirectly support human activities.

“Every time someone goes solar and begins drawing their energy from an infinite source — the sun — our country draws closer to energy independence,” added co-owner Tyler Uebelhoer. “And when you really think about it, you’re also creating jobs in a clean fuel industry and contributing to the economy with high-paying jobs. Everyone on our staff is passionate about green energy and it shows in our commitment to the product and our customers.”

Buffalo Solar Solutions now has two locations, at 1212 Abbott Road, Suite A, in Buffalo, and at 13 West Main St. in Cuba, N.Y. For more information, please call 800-7775, email in**@bu*******************.com or visit www.buffalosolarsolutions.com.

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