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Lightning, Tornados, Floods … Oh My!
We’ve all noticed the increase in severe weather, 100-year-storms, & billion-dollar extreme weather events. Are you prepared? Whether you’re an Extreme Weather Prep newbie or a pro, it never hurts to storm prep with safety lists, kits, and plans. We’re happy to help you out and share how Solar can keep the lights on!
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SeverE Weather Prep Tips
Take a look at these tried-and-true tips and figure out where you might need some additional storm prep work to secure you and your home against extreme weather this year.
Determine your geographic risk
Is your area more affected by storm surges and waves or inland flooding? High sustained winds or tornados? Evaluate where, why, and how you need to take action to protect yourself and your home from storm damage.
Make a plan
Even if you live in an area not normally affected by the acute damage of extreme weather, storms can be unpredictable and the damage fallout just as intense. Find a safe location and share your plan with family and friends.
Gather supplies and secure documents
Make sure you have plenty of supplies stocked for safety, nourishment, hygiene, medications, prescriptions, and don’t forget the pets! Remember to secure important documents and contact lists in case you can’t access digital versions. If you live in an area that might be evacuated, prepare a 3-day supply of “Go-Bag” items.
Help a neighbor
If you’re a Prep Pro, consider helping out a Newbie Neighbor! And don’t forget to check in on your elderly or disabled friends and family to see if they need extra assistance. We’re all in this together!
Get An Insurance Checkup
Contact your home and vehicle insurance agencies to ensure your policies are up to date. Be sure to find out if you need separate flood insurance. Print and secure your documents, so you can access them at any time.
Prepare your home
Insurance up-to-date? Check.
Windows and doors protected? Check.
Trees trimmed? Check.
Power source secured? …Hmm…
It might be time to consider adding a Solar + Battery Storage System to your Storm Prep List. When you go solar, you claim energy independence!
You Asked, We Answered!
Are solar panels storm-resilient?
Built from a mix of aluminum and glass, solar panels are waterproof and sturdy! For example, our racking system will withstand 160mph winds and we have yet to see a panel damaged by hail. Worst case: your homeowners insurance usually covers any damage due to extreme weather.
What about leaks from heavy rainfall?
We use a detailed solar panel installation process that encompasses flashing, precise penetration and sealant. While we have yet to see a leak, we completely warranty against them.
How does energy power a home if there’s a blackout?
Unless you have battery backup, your solar system will not produce power during a blackout for the safety of any line workers. If you want to make sure you keep your lights on (and other crucial appliances) during extreme weather, learn more about whole-home and critical load battery backup systems as part of your storm prep.
Is solar power even affordable?
Definitely! We’ll give you SIX wallet-friendly reasons:
The 26% federal tax credit
The government recently extended the 26% tax credit, so take advantage before the extension ends! Most states have individual incentives, and commercial projects qualify for 100% depreciation in the first year. Learn more about credits.
Collect your federal tax credit AND additional solar incentives (SREC, Focus on Energy, Energy Credits) which could cover up to 65% of the total cost in some areas! Visit our Solar Panel Incentives page for more information.
0.99% zero down solar loan
Our industry-leading solar loan allows you to maximize your savings. The perfect financing option will help you trade that electricity bill for your solar loan payment, meaning once the loan is paid – you’ll never pay again. More about our solar financing.
You borrow 100% of your project cost using the perfect financing option for your situation – even a zero down solar loan – we’ll install your solar panels and your loan payments start 60 days after construction of your solar system.
Earn Referral bonuses
You can even earn $25 for every verified solar referral you send our way (once they’re qualified) and a whopping $599 for every SOLD referral (once their system is turned on). Learn about our Sun Badger Solar Advocate program.
Invest in Your home
When you install a solar system, you not only can save money on, or eliminate your electric bills, but you are also protecting your property from rising electricity costs. Solar is a smart investment regardless of where you live.
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