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Best Buy, SolarCity to offer solar panel home upgrades

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Best Buy is one of those stores that makes it hard to walk out with just one item. From music to games to computer equipment, there always seems to be something else I can use to accessorize my tech den or gadget garage. But the next time you visit a Best Buy store, you might be able to leave with the mother of all home tech upgrades: Solar Panels.

I’m not talking about the wee ones meant to recharge your smarphones or tablets when you’re out and about. Best Buy is partnering with SolarCity to sell photovoltaic systems to homeowners. There are many questions that need to be answered in order to determine what a solar panel installation would look like for each individual home, of course. So that’s why you can sign up for a free consultation, much like if you were to perform any large home project involving contractors.

Best Buy SolarCity solar panelSolar panels have been gradually dropping in price over the years, reducing the amount of time it takes for the equipment to pay for itself through energy savings. There’s always that upfront cost to swallow, although SolarCity is helping clients by providing free installations. Once the solar equipment has paid for itself, homeowners will be able to enjoy lower electricity bills free and clear.

To some, the difference may be marginal, while others will see such an investment as a no-brainer. Regardless of the monetary savings, the bigger picture is greener than the cash we keep in our pockets. Each additional household that relies more on natural energy sources, while keeping waste to a minimum, will contribute toward a cleaner, habitable planet.

Those who sign up for this solar service before Earth Day, April 22, 2014, will receive a $100 dollar Best Buy gift card. So if you live in California, Arizona, Oregon, Hawaii, or New York, head over to your local Best Buy for more information. If the program is successful enough, maybe it’ll expand to more states.

<Source: inhabitat>

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