Why Get Solar Panels (Home Solar Panel System)

Ron Lyons: In this video, I answer the million-dollar
question of the century, "Why get solar panels," with the three most compelling reasons you
should consider a home solar panel system. Stick around to the end of the video, because
I share with you the costly mistake most people make when going solar that you can avoid and
save thousands. I'm Ron Lyons, Mr. Clean Energy, author and
energy expert, guiding you to energy management, power generating, and money-saving solutions
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be sure to subscribe and hit the bell to be notified with new videos weekly. Ron Lyons: So You're sick and tired of the rising
costs of electricity, but you're asking yourself, "Why get solar panels?" Coming up, the three reasons you should consider
solar panels, and a bonus tip if you watch to the end, what every homeowner must do before
investing in solar panels and what most solar installers will never tell you.

Ron Lyons: Number one, the whole world is
embracing solar. We have depended largely on coal, fossil fuels,
and nuclear power to fuel our energy needs for the last century. The current grid in the U.S. consists of five
power grids that were largely built 100 years ago, with most of the infrastructure being
over 50 years old. You can google this information. I promise I'm not making this up. I said 100 years ago. Now, obviously, some improvements have been
made, but the fact is, our grid is in dire straits and is literally falling apart. It would take $5 trillion to replace the current,
old, outdated, and dirty grid, and in fact, in 2017, dozens of bills were sent through
the White House for various upgrades. These bills represent hundreds of billions
of dollars to rebuild this infrastructure, and how do you think much of this is being
funded? Yep. You guessed it. By us, the taxpayers. Ron Lyons: If that isn't enough to get your
blood boiling, how about this? The cost of electricity is actually very cheap,
but the utility companies who buy this electricity hike up their prices, then charge the end
user a much higher cost.

Now, we've seen some deregulation over the
last few years, but one way or another, the big utility companies have their hand in how
we get our electricity. We have literally been bullied and lied to
for decades, and as most people know, the cost of electricity continues to increase
at record speeds. We pay the ridiculous cost of electricity
so that CEOs and other executives can live a lavish lifestyle. Meanwhile, many people struggle just to pay
their monthly bills. With the aging infrastructure of our grids,
this cost is not going down anytime soon. Ron Lyons: Solar solves many of the problems
we face today with the old energy grid, but more importantly, it helps decentralize energy
and gives the control back to us. With solar, we control our energy cost, which
in reality is free. Every hour, the sun hits the earth with 430
quintrillion joules of energy. That's a number so big that it has 19 zeros
in it, and it's more energy than we consume in a year.

All we have to do is harness the power, and
it'll change the world. Even in the U.S., where tariffs are slowing
down solar growth just a tiny bit, the market is still growing. You can take away net metering programs, tax
breaks, tariffs, and it's still less expensive to get solar on your home right now than it
is to pay a utility to give you power. The fact is, solar is growing faster than
anyone predicted. Do a little research, and it'll show that
the numbers are staggering, and even in the U.S., where we have the wonderful tariffs,
the growth continues to exceed all expectations. Ron Lyons: Look at Germany. In January of 2018, they produced 100% of
their energy from all renewable sources.

Over 55 cities in the U.S. alone, actually
I think it's like 60 now, have committed to renewable sources of energy for their city
by 2020, and even the entire state of California is passing legislation that in 2020, all new
home construction must have solar installed. The global community has embraced solar. This is a fact, and we can go back and forth
on global warming and other issues, but the facts don't lie. Solar is here to stay. Ron Lyons: Now, what about the costs? That brings us to number two. Residential solar already makes sense financially.

Already, the price of installing solar on
homes is less expensive than most vehicles, and financing them through home equity loans
will give an average homeowner in the U.S. a less expensive monthly payment than they
are paying already for their utility. My electric bill in the summer used to be
over $300, and the average over the course of the year was about 160 per month. Now, I pay $94 a month for my panels, saving
me money every month, and even if I never paid the panels off, my rate never goes up,
but of course, I'll have them paid off in about 10 years or less. People even have monthly phone bills that
are more expensive than financing solar, and that's today. Imagine the case in 10 years from now. Ron Lyons: To put this in perspective, you've
been paying for overpriced electricity your whole life, and unless you switch to solar
energy, you'll continue to pay those inflated prices, which will also continue to go up.

For me, that translates into a savings of
about $28,000 over the course of 20 years, and that's only if the prices don't go up,
which of course we all know isn't going to happen, or you can purchase some equipment
to harness the free, abundant energy of the sun that, sure, it may cost you as much as
a nice car, but then you'll have control over your energy, and more than likely, you'll
spend far less. In fact, on average, in the U.S., about $30,000
less over the course of 25 years. Ron Lyons: If you like paying for electricity,
then, or I should say overpaying for electricity, then the grid's for you, but if you want to
lower the cost so you can save money rather than making some CEO rich, then solar's the
way to go. Now, I want to know, have you installed solar
on your home? Comment below if you have, and how much money
are you saving for it? Ron Lyons: All right.

Let's move on to number three. It's the right thing to do for the future
of our planet. Now, I'm not here to convince you of global
warming, nor am I claiming to be an environmentalist. However, what I can show you are some basic
facts. In the U.S., we are known globally as a country
of massive overconsumption. We see evidence of this with a few basic statistics. For example, Americans constitute 5% of the
world's population, but we consume 24% of the world's energy. The obesity epidemic is another indicator
of overconsumption, and it is a problem worldwide. However, Americans consume on average 200
billion calories more per year than necessary, which is enough to feed 80 million people. It's estimated that over 70% of men and over
61% of women are obese in the U.S., while the rest of the world sits well under 40%,
and that's only because of other developed countries like China that have serious obesity
problems as well.

Ron Lyons: Taking a look at plastic waste,
about 300 million tons of plastic is produced globally each year. Only about 10% of that is recycled. Of the plastic that is simply trash, an estimated
seven million tons ends up in the sea each year. Now, let's take a look at energy. As I mentioned before, we have depended on
fossil fuels for over a century, and the real cost is becoming more and more difficult to
hide. Now, I won't dive too deep into these statistics,
but I'll put some links in the descriptions below for you to see yourself the amount of
land degradation and pollution created by toxic waste, as well as the public health
dangers and global carbon dioxide emissions. Evidence of these statistics is getting harder
and harder to cover up, and as we become more educated and aware, we can do our part to
create a more sustainable lifestyle and lower our carbon footprint by getting solar and
making a few other lifestyle changes. Ron Lyons: Now you know the three reasons
you need to consider getting solar panels.

In the description below, I've also included
links to my blog, where I reference much of the information in this video in more detail,
so be sure to check those out below. I promised you a bonus tip at the end of the
video, so here it is. If you're considering solar, and it makes
sense for you to get solar panels, then this is something you absolutely must do before
you sign any contract. You have to do an energy audit and assess
the efficiency of your home.

Now, it sounds crazy, but I'm telling you
from first-hand experience and from helping many others, if you don't do this first, you're
going to spend hundreds or even thousands more for panels than what you need to. Ron Lyons: Let me explain briefly. When the solar company does an assessment
on your home energy use, they take the last 12 months of energy bills to determine what
size system you'll need. If your home isn't energy-efficient, then
they'll naturally tell you you need more panels. It's kind of common sense, but most companies
won't tell you this because they would rather get the bigger sale, plus they want you to
buy now. Well, first of all, this is a long-term investment,
so you should never make a decision on a whim, but second, you want to make your return on
investment happen quicker, which is a benefit to you, not someone else.

To make that happen, you need to spend less
money. If you check out my video, "Home Energy Audit
Costs," down in the links below, I go over in detail how you can do your own home energy
assessment that will save you potentially thousands of dollars and give you a much faster
return on investment for your solar panels. Ron Lyons: Now, if you want to join a community
of people just like you, I have a Facebook page that you can become part of and get more
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I always love a good story, so tell me yours. This is Ron Lyons, Mr. Clean Energy, your
host for Do Life Healthier wishing you a cleaner, smarter, healthier life..

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