Homes With Solar Panels Can Get You Extra Cash

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NBC - Homes with solar panels not only help save on energy costs, but they can also potentially increase the value of a home.

According to a new report from Zillow, over the past year, homes with solar energy systems sold for 4.1-Percent more than homes without solar power.

That percentage translates to more than $9,000 in additional cash for the median valued home.

However, the sale premium varies substantially by housing markets throughout the U.S.

The study finds that more than 80-percent of home buyers say energy efficient features are important, especially when it comes to cost savings.