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Wenzel Select Properties Newsletter-Vol 13 Issue 6


Unlocking Significant Energy Bill Savings with Solar Panels

If you’re looking to reduce your energy bills, installing solar panels is a smart choice. While the upfront cost may seem high, the long-term savings make it worthwhile. Fortunately, there are programs and rebates available to help offset the initial expense. The amount you can save will depend on factors like your location, electricity rates, and energy usage.

Cost Analysis: Investing in Solar Panels
According to Forbes Home, the average cost of solar panels in the United States is $16,000 as of early 2023. However, prices can range from $3,500 to $40,000, depending on where you live and the type of solar panel system you choose. Areas with more sunlight tend to have lower costs. Additionally, you can consider adding solar batteries, which may cost between $200 and $14,000. While batteries are optional, they can increase your savings by allowing you to use stored energy during nighttime or overcast days. They also provide backup power during outages.

Savings Initiatives: Programs and Rebates
In the United States, both the federal government and some states offer rebates up to 26% for purchasing solar panels and installation. It’s worth exploring these rebates, as they contribute to your overall savings. The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency ( can help you find state-specific discounts to lower your initial costs.

Financing Made Easy: PACE and Leasing Options
Another financing option is the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, available through certain city or county governments. PACE offers a loan that you repay through assessments added to your property tax bill. If you need financing, consider looking into PACE.

Leasing programs are also available, allowing you to lease a solar panel system. By signing a contract with a third-party owner who installs the panels, you can enjoy a below-market rate on your electricity bill. Although the savings may not be as substantial as other methods, leasing can still reduce your bill by 10% to 30%.

Maximizing Savings with Net Metering
Net metering programs enable you to sell excess energy produced by your solar panel system back to your utility provider. Participating in net metering can further enhance your savings. However, if your system generates less energy than needed, you will draw more power from your electricity company.

Low Maintenance, Long-Term Benefits
Maintaining solar panels is simple. They require an annual cleaning to remove dirt, bird droppings, or debris, but they are generally maintenance-free. Manufacturers often provide extended warranties, as these panels are durable and can last for 25 years or more.

By considering solar panel installation, you can significantly reduce your utility bills. Take advantage of the various programs and rebates available to homeowners. Installing solar power not only saves you money but helps contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable environment.

Managing Broker: Lisa Wenzel - 630 430-4797

Broker: Melissa Mathis – 630 392-5171

Broker: Freddy Wenzel - 630 750-4797

Broker: Danny Reed - 708 703-4653

Broker: Kristine Emmel - 847 489-8965

Broker: Catherine Lopez - 630 981-4572

Broker: Michaela Valle – 630 946-4269

Broker: April Stary – 630 962-4820

Broker: Nina Rodriguez – 224 587-0780

Broker: Eumeka Aguado - 847 513-4433

Harmanpreet Singh - 630 440-1578

Anthony Abbatacola – 630 310-7493
Team Wenzel, 1120 Norfolk Street, Downers Grove IL 60516
The material in this publication is provided for your informational purpose only and is not intended to substitute professional advice. If your property is currently listed with a Real Estate Broker, this publication is not intended as a solicitation.

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