Today is Solar Appreciation Day!  So it is an appropriate time to raise some questions about solar.  Are you interested in using solar energy at home and wondering where to start? Maybe you've been questioning whether you can afford it or if your home or neighborhood is right for solar. Maybe you don't own your home and you thought you didn't have the option to use solar on your rental.

Good news! There are now ways for everyone to use solar energy at home. Solar is now more affordable than ever, and there are many benefits to using solar electricity.

Energy Saver now has updated information on residential solar electricity to guide consumers through planning for a solar energy system. No matter the location, the various options for using solar make it possible to choose the perfect setup.

One option in purchasing a solar energy system is the use of a Solarize program, which allows buyers to join together to choose an installer and negotiate rates. 

For those who want to install solar on their house but would prefer not to buy, solar leases or Power Purchase Agreements, also known as PPAs, allow consumers to install and use the electricity from solar panels without having to purchase them. 

If installing solar at home is not an option, a community or shared solar program, if locally available, might fit the bill. These programs allow consumers to buy into a solar energy system at a level that fits their needs, without installing a system on their home.

Visit the updated Energy Saver page on planning a home solar electric system to learn more about the various solar options. There is also guidance on assessing solar potential, estimating solar needs, finding and working with an installer, and understanding financing and incentives.

Get started today, and begin appreciating solar on a whole new level.