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March 15, 2010

Tips for Going Solar: Offsetting Cost

Solar panels on house Now that our clocks have sprung forward, we can look forward to seeing more sun. With that in mind, we'd like to point out that going solar at home is a movement that's gathering momentum nationwide. But before you invest in solar power for your house, learn the basics. This week's tips will get you started.

Tip #1: Get Refunded

Going solar at home can be a pricey investment; a 1-kilowatt home system goes for roughly $10,000. But don't write off your solar dreams just yet: Plenty of rebate programs (they vary from state to state) can alleviate the initial financial pain. California, for example, just approved $350 million in solar water-heater rebates — and that doesn't include the 30 percent tax rebate the federal government provides.

Tip #2: Get a Good Warranty

Tip #3: Orient Your Panels

Tip #4: Sell Your Excess Energy

Tell us: Do you plan to go solar?

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