(BPT) - With sunny summer months right around the corner and energy bills continuing to rise, more and more Americans are making the switch to solar powering their homes. In 2014, the U.S. added more than 186,000 individual residential solar installations, according to GTM Research. As a result, more homeowners are enjoying the cost savings and benefits of the sun year-round.
With this rising home trend, make sure you know fact from fiction by rethinking these common myths about what it means to 'go solar':
* Myth No. 1: Solar systems must receive constant sunshine to power a home.Many people mistakenly assume that solar systems only operate when the sky is clear and the sun is out. However, ultraviolet (UV) rays that power solar systems can peak through even on the cloudiest days. Whether you live in a cool, cloudy or foggy climate, you can power your home with clean energy while saving money by going solar.
* Myth No. 2: Solar panels take away from the 'curb appeal' of the home.With more of today's homeowners choosing to go solar, there are more options than ever to make the panels blend seamlessly with the aesthetics of your home and roofing. Today's solar power systems can be combined with slate, metal, fiber-cement and asphalt roofing, to ensure a smooth transition to your home. However, with the solar trend on the rise - why hide the fact that you're saving money through clean energy?
* Myth No. 3: Solar systems require constant upkeep from the homeowner.Contrary to popular belief, many of today's solar systems require little maintenance and cleaning from the homeowner. People who choose providers like Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the U.S., get to reap the benefits without having to lift a finger. The company customizes solar systems to each customers' specific lifestyle needs, and provides the monitoring and maintenance of the panels so you have peace of mind knowing your panels are being taken care of.
* Myth No. 4: Installing and financing a solar system is too expensive.Installing a solar system on your home is more affordable than ever. Through residential solar leasing models offered today, the barriers of going solar are broken down through solar system installations with no upfront costs and as little as $0 down. Homeowners that have gone this route with Sunrun, end up saving 20 percent on their energy bills. Spend those savings on other things you love this summer - or take a road trip to a new destination on your list.
Visit www.sunrun.com to learn more about how switching to solar can help you save money on your electric bill and provide you with cleaner power and a smarter home.