With energy bills continuing to rise, more and more Americans are making the switch to solar powering their homes. In 2014, the U.S. added more than 186,000 individual residential solar installations, according to GTM Research. As a result, more homeowners are enjoying the cost savings and benefits of the sun year-round.

With this rising home trend, make sure you know fact from fiction by rethinking these common myths about what it means to “go solar”:

• Myth No. 1: Solar systems must receive constant sunshine to power a home. Many people mistakenly assume that solar systems only operate when the sky is clear and the sun is out. However, ultraviolet (UV) rays that power solar systems can peak through even on the cloudiest days.

• Myth No. 2: Solar panels take away from the “curb appeal” of the home. With more of today’s homeowners choosing to go solar, there are more options than ever to make the panels blend seamlessly with the aesthetics of your home and roofing. Today’s solar power systems can be combined with slate, metal, fiber-cement and asphalt roofing, to ensure a smooth transition to your home.

• Myth No. 3: Solar systems require constant upkeep from the homeowner. Contrary to popular belief, many of today’s solar systems require little maintenance and cleaning from the homeowner. Solar providers like Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the U.S., cus-tomize solar systems to each customers’ specific lifestyle needs, and provides the monitoring and maintenance of the panels, so you have peace of mind knowing your panels are being taken care of.

• Myth No. 4: Installing and financing a solar system is too expensive. Installing a solar system on your home is more affordable than ever. Through residential solar leasing models offered today, the barriers of going solar are broken down through solar system installations with no up-front costs and as little as $0 down. Homeowners that have gone this route with Sunrun, end up saving 20 percent on their energy bills.

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This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.