The sun's rays can warm you all over - from your head to your toes and to your pocket book in between.

Solar energy systems - typically solar panels on the roof - can cut or eliminate your electric bill, charge electric vehicles for free and increase the value of your home.

In the process you'll help reduce global warming from burning fossil fuels.

The systems can be costly, but federal and state tax deductions and incentives from utility companies, local communities and others can put a dent in the cost large enough for many home owners to float a loan for the work.

There are also leasing programs that can grab energy from the sun at no upfront cost.

If only they'd make the somewhat garishing looking solar panel systems more compatible with your home's architecture.

One day, perhaps.

For now you'll have to make do with a zero electricity bill and a home value boost nearly equal to 66 percent of the cost of a $30,000 solar panel array.

That means when it's time to sell, buyers will pay a premium for your solar power equipped home.

What's more, over the life of the system, the return on the investment could be as much as 200 percent the cost of the investment.

For more information check out Movoto's infographic "Solar Panels: Are The Really Worth It?" as well as the accompanying research "7 Ways Solar Panels Will Save the Planet and Make You Rich."

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