Everyone has a different motivation for installing solar panels. Some people want to do their part for the environment by choosing a low-pollution energy source. Others want to increase the value of their home before they list it on the market. But the overwhelming reason to install solar panels is the chance to save thousands of dollars on utility bills every year.
If the potential for energy savings is the driving factor in your case, you may ask yourself—is it still worth getting solar panels if my house uses natural gas? To answer this question, you must understand how solar panels work.
Solar Panel Basics
When the sun shines on a solar panel, photovoltaic (PV) cells absorb the energy, generating direct current (DC) electrical charges and causing electricity to flow. Components in the solar array convert the DC energy into alternating current (AC) electricity that the electrical appliances in your home can use.
Even if you have solar panels, you can still draw energy from the power grid when needed, such as at night or on overcast days. In fact, we recommend remaining tied to the grid for the most reliable electricity unless you live in a remote location where utility access is unavailable. Grid-tied systems also let you take advantage of net metering for even more savings.
Will Solar Panels Change My Gas Bill?
Solar panels do not affect your natural gas bill. If your water heater, furnace, stove, and fireplace use natural gas, you will pay the same amount to operate these appliances after switching to solar.
To benefit the most from your solar panel installation, you’ll need to replace as many natural gas appliances as possible. Electric water heaters, heat pumps, space heaters, stoves, and fireplaces traditionally add to your electric bill. However, they cost next to nothing to operate if you have a properly sized solar array to generate free power for your home.
The most cost-effective time to upgrade to electric appliances is when you notice your natural gas ones operating less efficiently, breaking down more often, or no longer meeting your family’s needs. If you schedule solar panel installation shortly after switching to electric appliances, your solar panel company can accurately size the array to meet your home’s new electric demand. As a result, your utility bills will plummet, even as your comfort level and quality of life increase.
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Switching to solar is easier than you think. With solar tax credits, $0-down financing options, and A+ warranties, you can immediately reduce your electric bill and do your part for the environment, especially if you replace your natural gas appliances with electric ones.
Ready to maximize your energy savings? Turn to Infinity Energy. We’re passionate about providing our customers in NJ, NY, and CT with affordable solar panel installations. Check out our solar calculator to see how much you can save, and explore our gallery to view some past projects. Then, contact us to find out more about getting solar panels.