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Reduce Your Electric Bill

How To Save Energy Costs

The top reason that homeowners typically decide to make the switch to solar is to significantly reduce their electric bills. And the reduction of one of your largest monthly expenses makes perfect sense, right?

How do you fix this problem?

A $200 monthly electric bill adds up to a $2,400 annual expense. Assuming the power company never raises their rates, that’s $48,000 paid to your local utility company over the course of 20 years. In reality, power companies raise their rates an average of 3.9% each year, so that number is even higher.

Predictable electric bill & No electric bill

With solar from EHS, your unpredictable and constantly changing electricity costs become more predictable from month to month. Combine this with your savings, and your energy costs will be much easier to budget for.

Tired of rising utility costs?

Over the past 10 years, electricity prices have risen by an average of 3% each year and they are likely to continue to rise. By making the switch and installing a solar system, you protect yourself against these rising prices

Don’t be Misinformed

What is the Cost of Purchasing Solar?

Switching to solar energy is probably more affordable than you think. Homeowners may be eligible for a federal tax credit plus other incentives, rebates and state tax credits that all combine to make solar even more attractive. Read our comprehensive guide Residential Solar Energy Costs.

a great way for you to save money!

If you can afford to pay your electricity bill every month, you can afford to install a solar panel system through EHS. With a $0-down solar loan from EHS, you can finance your system and see immediate savings. Through our finance options the loan payments are lower than your original, non-solar electricity bill, plus you can still make use of the federal tax credit.

EHS Guarantee

To give you peace of mind in entrusting your home to us, we offer an exclusive guarantee. From day one of installation your monthly expenses will be reduced. Your monthly energy costs will no longer fluctuate. They will simply be the monthly amount of your loan or lease payment. To ensure this we will track your energy bills for the first 12 months after installing our upgrades. If we fail to lower your monthly energy cost by the amount we promised, as part of this guarantee we will give you back the difference between what you used to pay and the amount you’re paying after our upgrades. We are confident, however, that the addition of new solar panels, attic insulation, or other recommended energy-efficient upgrades will yield the savings you seek.

THE Benefits of Solar

Solar Increases the Resale Value of Your Home

Home values may increase up to 17% by installing a solar panel system!

homes with Solar systems are sold 22% faster

In a study conducted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, homes with solar (or PV) systems are sold, on average, 22% faster than surrounding homes without solar systems. The key finding in this study was that on average, homebuyers are “consistently willing to pay PV home premiums” of approximately $4 per watt of installed solar capacity (note: this study only covered homes where the solar PV system was owned, not leased). For a standard 6-kilowatt solar PV system, this means that solar can add $24,000 to your home’s resale value.

THE Benefits of solar

Solar Panel Systems are a Great Investment

Most locations in the Sunbelt get enough sunlight to produce sufficient electricity from solar panels. Solar energy systems are tied to the electric grid and do not require batteries to store power. Solar power systems can reduce or eliminate most of the cost of your electricity bill.
1. Solar photovoltaic systems have been around for a long time. They are a well-proven technology, first invented in 1954 by scientists at Bell Labs. Today, solar panels are installed on over one million homes in the U.S. At EHS, our solar panels are manufactured right here in Jacksonville, Florida.
2. Solar panel systems are highly durable. Solar photovoltaic panels are made of tempered glass and can withstand hail, snow, rain, and high winds. They can even extend the life of your roof by protecting it from daily wear and tear.
3. Solar power systems can produce electricity for 25 or more years. In fact, when you purchase your system through Efficient Home Services, your solar panels are covered by a substantial 25-year warranty.
4. Solar power systems are practically maintenance-free. We specifically chose our solar panels because they are incredibly durable, and other than in extreme circumstances, they really don’t need to be washed or cleaned.
5. Solar Power is a perfect fit for the “Sunbelt.” Most locations in the Sunbelt get enough sunlight to produce sufficient electricity from solar panels.
6. Solar energy systems are tied to the electric grid and do not require batteries to store power. When you install a solar energy system on your property with EHS, you remain connected to the electricity grid. When your system produces more electricity than you use, you receive credit for the electricity you send to the grid; if you need more electricity than your solar energy system is producing, you can draw it from the grid.
7. Solar power systems can eliminate most of your electricity bill. When you go solar with Efficient Home Services, we will design your system so that it is tailored to generate enough electricity to meet your needs. As long as you have enough roof space to install the right size solar panel system, the power that your panels will produce will effectively eliminate the entirety or majority of your electricity bill.
8. Solar photovoltaic panels can be installed on the roof of your home or even on the ground in some cases. Solar panels can be installed practically anywhere that receives direct sunshine for most of the day and is not shaded by trees or buildings. Panels that face south will produce the most electricity, but your panels can also face east or west.

THE BENEFITS OF SOLAR

How To Power Your Home With Clean Energy

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average household emits approximately 20 metric tons of carbon pollution each year. In a typical two-person household, the carbon emissions are reduced by three to four tons annually after the installation of a solar power system.
The U.S. Green Building Council also reports that buildings contribute 39 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States and switching to going solar helps decrease this. The cumulative effect of property owners adopting solar across the country is what will really make a lasting impact on our pollution levels.

How, exactly, does solar reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

The electricity that solar panels produce is completely emissions-free. So when you use renewable solar energy to meet your energy needs, you reduce the demand for electricity from your utility. Over 30 years the average EHS Solar PV panel system will offset 178 tons of carbon dioxide.

That’s:

  • Saving the amount of fuel it takes to drive 390,300 miles, which would get you around the equator about 15.7 times.
  • Planting 10 football fields full of trees.
  • Conserving enough water used in electricity production to fill 6.7 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
  • Eliminating the need to burn 174,907 pounds of coal.

A crash course in Solar

How Does Solar Energy Work?

Solar PV Systems have Five Main Componets:

Solar Panels

Solar panels collect and convert the sun’s energy into electricity. They are a key component of a solar panel system. The most commonly available panels today are either polycrystalline or monocrystalline solar panels. We have found that the best choice for our homeowners is monocrystalline solar panels, which are made out of silicon ingots. To optimize performance and lower costs of a single monocrystalline solar cell, four sides are cut out of the cylindrical ingots to make silicon wafers, which gives them their characteristic look.
Monocrystalline solar panels have the highest efficiency rates. They are made out of the highest-grade silicon. The efficiency rates of monocrystalline solar panels are typically 15-20%.
They are also space-efficient. Since these solar panels yield the highest power outputs, they require the least amount of space. They produce up to four times the amount of electricity as thin-film solar panels.
Monocrystalline solar panels live the longest. Because of their durability and resilience, our panels are covered by a 25-year warranty.
These panels perform the best in low-light. These panels tend to perform better than similarly rated polycrystalline solar panels at low-light conditions.

Inverters

The cells in your solar panels collect the sun’s energy and turn it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes, however, use alternating current (AC). Inverters change the DC electricity from your panels into usable AC electricity. Our inverters combine sophisticated digital control technology with efficient power conversion architecture to achieve superior solar power harvesting, and best-in-class reliability. Our single-phase inverter comes with a built-in DC safety switch, integrated rapid shutdown and a standard 12-year warranty.

Racking and Mounting Systems

Racking and Mounting Systems are used to affix your solar panels either to your roof or to the ground, as well as allow you to position your panels at the angle that is best for capturing the sun’s rays. There are two types of Mounting Systems. Fixed mounts are panels that remain stationary. Whereas track mounts allow panels to “follow” the sun as it moves across the sky during the day (single-axis track mounts) and during the changing seasons (dual-axis track mounts). Track mounts are only suitable for panels installed on the ground.

Performance Monitoring Systems

EHS Performance Monitoring Systems provide you with detailed information about the performance of your solar panel system. This information can be accessed via a monitoring platform on your tablet or smartphone, providing performance analysis, fault detection and troubleshooting of PV systems. With this monitoring system you can also measure and track the amount of electricity your system produces on an hourly basis to ensure that you maximize the electricity production (and therefore the financial returns) of your solar panel system.
While some solar installers charge extra for installing a monitoring system, we include monitoring in each of our systems at no additional cost to you.

Power Optimizers

Solar Systems installed by EHS use Power Optimizers. Power Optimizers are a hybrid of micro-inverter and string inverter systems. So, what makes power optimizers so special? Instead of converting the DC electricity from the solar panels into AC electricity, the optimizers “condition” the DC electricity before sending it to a centralized inverter.

THE MOMENT OF TRUTH

What to Expect the Day of Install

Here is a step-by-step guide to the day of installation. It is simple, easy and best of all, our professional installers do all the work. In one day you are on your way to a brighter, better solar future.

Your solar installation team arrives.

A team of expert installers will introduce themselves, review your personalized solar panel installation plan and ask you for access to work areas like your electrical panel and attic.

The crew marks off work zones.

This step is necessary so the team can gain better access to work areas. They will be as neat as possible but since your home is a temporary worksite, you’ll probably be seeing a few tools and materials in designated areas during the solar installation process
Safety ropes are installed, as well as the rails your solar panels will sit on.
You may hear some noise when this happens, but it’s nothing to worry about. Rest assured that the solar panel installation team will securely seal all holes at the end of the installation. Plus, you have the peace of mind of knowing that you’re covered by our warranty.

Electrical equipment goes on the side of your home.

Crew members will mount equipment such as an inverter, a meter, and electrical disconnects. They’ll also install electrical wiring (known as conduit) to connect the equipment that is custom-designed for your home.

The moment you’ve been waiting for.

Once the solar panels are up and the crew comes down, they’ll leave your home as spotless as they found it. Now, you’re one step closer to getting clean, renewable energy!

Reap the benefits.

Within the next few weeks, the city or county will do its final inspection. Then your local utility company will install its net meter and give you permission to operate or PTO (don’t worry, we submit all that paperwork for you) and you’re all set.

Congratulations, the solar panel installation is complete! Now you can tap into those shiny new, energy-generating solar panels and start saving big on your electric bill.
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