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Residential solar is increasingly popular because it can reduce this cost, or even earn money by selling energy back to the grid. But this is only for homes that run on an electric heating system. Heating systems based on oil and propane can be particularly expensive during the winter months. A geothermal system, uses far less electricity by relying on the ambient temperature of the ground to heat and cool. Coupled with solar, it can also reduce a home’s carbon footprint.

Key Takeaways:

  • Solar energy can save money only if you run on an electric heating system.
  • If your house has oil, propane or pure electric, a geothermal system is the way to lower the heating bill.
  • About two-thirds of the average home’s energy use goes toward heating, hot water, and air conditioning.

“Switching to solar energy is a powerful, popular upgrade for American homeowners.”

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