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Are solar panels a good idea before moving to a new Vancouver home?

Installing solar panels before moving in? You might have curiously driven by a house with solar panels, or perhaps you’ve heard murmurs of them being a safe haven in the face of increasing energy rates here in British Columbia. Either way, solar panels are being talked about now more than ever. After all, doesn’t it makes sense that we take advantage of a readily-available renewable resource? (renewable as in the sun is expected to burn for another 5 billion years) It’s not all sunshine and roses though. Solar panels are initially an expensive undertaking. And, is our perma-gloomy climate in the Lower Mainland able to even sustain solar powered energy throughout the year? If you are thinking of moving, or have just moved, we want to show you the benefits and drawbacks of installing solar panels— and then you can see if you wanna walk on sunshine or not! Weighing the costs of moving to solar power in BC — do you really save money? The long term answer is yes, but solar panels aren’t cheap to initially buy. We’ve taken a look at where to buy solar panels in Vancouver and it seems the average installation is going to cost around $5000.00 -10 000.00 for a mid-sized home. Your electrical bill after the fact, however, is pretty much non-existent. On the bright side, solar panel technology is on the rise like never before, and year by year, the price of installing a system will decrease quite rapidly. BC Hydro does say that with today’s energy rates, it might take up to 20 years before you recoup the costs of your...