With so many advancements in green building and the demand increasing from consumers for more energy-efficient homes, builders have raced to keep up and provide the most clean energy homes that they can. One of the most efficient ways to power your home is by using solar power, which is very hard to come by in the Triangle area because most new home builders don’t offer that as an option. One, however, does. Meritage Homes has a partnership with SunPower, a solar company that helps reduce your monthly bills and saves tons of energy. They’re the only new home builder in the Raleigh area that offers solar power as an energy option.

So what’s the big deal with solar power?

Having solar panels on your home can decrease your carbon footprint by almost 35,180 pounds of carbon dioxide each year. That’s a huge amount, so huge that you’d have to plant 88 trees every year to offset that amount. So if you’re looking for a way to clean up your energy bills, solar definitely can achieve that. You can save almost 100$ a month on your bills (nearly $1,200 a year) so the installation and price of solar panels is worth it in the long run. Many people imagine that solar panels must be extremely expensive and unaffordable, but the reality is that they’re not. They’re extremely affordable, and end up saving you money – what could be better than that?

Meritage Homes and solar panels

Although Triangle area homeowners can hire solar companies to put solar panels on their existing home, Meritage Homes is currently the only new home builder in the area who includes that as an option on a new home. The solar technology is efficient, extremely quiet, and provides home buyers with assurance that they will save money and that they’re also doing something good for the environment. The life span of SunPower’s solar panels is more than 40 years – that’s 40 years of energy being spread through your home for cheap! The panels are black and not obtrusive, and don’t change the aesthetic of your home’s appearance. If you choose to move out of your home before the 40 year lifespan of your solar panels is up, solar also increases the resale value of your home.