Despite the glowing reviews they get, solar panels are still not understood by many home and business owners in Salt Lake City, as well as the rest of the country. This is likely because it’s still a relatively new technology, and has only recently been adopted in a widespread manner. The result is a myriad of myths that surround solar panels and their installation process. In order to dispel some of these myths, Gardner Energy offers this illuminating information.

Solar Panels Do Not Work In The Cold And Snow

This myth seems to make sense in our heads, after all, in the winter months, the sun is hidden behind a layer of clouds and fog more frequently, and we don’t have the sunny days we associate with viable solar power. However, solar panels actually work really well in the cold. Why? It’s because colder temperatures result in increased conductivity. This means that electricity can move more efficiently through your solar panels and into your batteries. In fact, it’s been shown that the hotter a solar panel gets, the less power it draws, even in the same light conditions as the colder days.

Solar Panel Installation Can Damage My Roof

Those who are hesitant to adopt an alternative energy like solar power might cite potential damage to their roof during the solar panel installation process as the reason for their hesitance. The reality is that solar panels can actually protect your roof. The panels are mounted on top of the roof and joined with flashing and sealant. The result is an energy producing barrier between your roof and the elements. You might find that you have to repair or replace your roof less frequently when you have a solar array on your home.

Alternative Energy Systems Are Getting Cheaper, So It’s Worth Waiting

This is partly true. Yes, renewable energy systems like solar panels are getting more affordable every day as the industry expands, and the technology improves. However, one of the reasons it’s affordable now is because of the tax cuts and incentives offered by the state and federal government. These can help to offset the cost of solar panel installation significantly, making alternative energy a reality for many homeowners in Salt Lake City and the rest of Utah. However, these tax cuts are being reduced on an almost annual basis, meaning that more of the costs are placed upon the consumer. It’s best to take advantage of these credits now to keep the cost of solar panel installation low.


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It’s Hard To Find A Trustworthy Alternative Energy Specialist

This one couldn’t be further from the truth, especially for those who live in the Salt Lake area. Here at Gardner Energy, we pride ourselves on our commitment to an excellent customer service experience. We offer free quotes on installation and can help you find the right system for your home or business. We can also help you navigate the tax incentives process.

Ready to embrace the immense power of alternative energy sources? Give us a call today and ask about all of our services and offerings.