Some tri-state homeowners are switching to solar panels for their homes as an alternative to traditional power sources. Many say that they made the switch in an effort to save on their utility bills. Your BBB® suggests consumers should get all information about solar power before making the switch. How much a consumer saves with solar panels depends on if they buy or lease them.

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a nonprofit group that provides technical assistance to communities, says that a typical solar system may cost about $20,000.

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