Father's Day is Coming Up! Give Dad the Gift of Energy Independence
Alex "Solar Girl" Steele
Father’s Day is this weekend, and we want to suggest a somewhat unconventional gift for your old man. In a world where consumerism is pushed on us during holidays, it might be challenging to find something to show your dad that you appreciate all he’s done to support you and your family throughout your lives. What can you give to your father that stands out from typical gifts that will benefit him years after receiving it? We suggest investing in a home solar energy system for your father’s property!
Solar energy is truly a gift that keeps on giving. It may not be a fun toy like a boat or a motorcycle, or a decadent treat like a nice steak or fancy selection of beer, but it has advantages that will positively impact your dad’s life for decades to come! By adding a solar energy system to his property, your dad will reap the many rewards of clean energy production. Solar energy helps households lower utility expenses, so more money can be saved and put towards things he wants, instead of bills. Adding solar to a property can also add equity and boost it’s resale value! According to the Appraisal Journal, a home's value increases roughly $20 for every $1 decrease in energy costs. This means that if a home solar energy system saves a home $600 a year in electricity bills, that home's value may increase by $12,000! Solar is a great asset for any homeowner, because not only does it reduce household expenses - it can also make the home worth more!
In addition to the assets of lower bills and added home equity, going solar can also substantially improve someone’s finances during tax time! What’s better than getting a bigger tax return than you expected, or owing the IRS less after all the numbers have been crunched? Not much. This is just another reason to love solar! Presently, up to 26% of the total cost of a solar energy system can be deducted from federal taxes, meaning you can help your dad get a heftier tax return, or reduce his tax burden for the next year. Combine the tax advantages with the lowered home energy costs and increased property value that solar brings, and it keeps looking better and better! Of course, it is important to be aware that the financial benefits of clean energy can only be reaped by the individual who purchases the system, and the purchaser must be the owner of the home, so the best way to help a parent go solar could be to gift them the down payment, or help them look into their options for financing.
The financial benefits of solar are the most attractive parts of gifting it, in our opinion… But, if your dad is a nature-loving kind of guy, there are other great perks about clean energy to get excited about! Going solar will reduce a home’s carbon footprint, offsetting the environmental cost of producing emissions through necessities like heating, driving, or consuming plastic products. It can also be a great step to take before purchasing an electric vehicle, because solar can help offset the increased demand on a home’s utility meter from adding an EV charger. Plus, a spiffy new solar array on a home sends a message to the neighborhood that the person living there cares about the planet! If your dad loves to show off how green he is, solar could be the perfect gift for him.
We hope you and your family have a peaceful and enjoyable Father’s Day weekend! If you’re in the market for a cutting edge gift to give the man who has everything, take a look at your options for helping him go solar. It might just be the best gift he’s ever received!