Electricity is one of our largest monthly expenses but is something that we can’t do without. We rely on it for light, entertainment, food, and in many cases heating and cooling. It is not a luxury that we can do without but we can pay less and be greener.
Many of us think that solar energy is beyond our reach and before now I thought the same, but it’s not. It’s less expensive and easier to obtain than many of us thought!
Doesn’t solar energy have a high start-up cost?
Sunrun solar service makes changing over to solar power easy! Instead of going off the grid with your energy by purchasing expensive solar panels and back up batteries, Sunrun solar service offers leased solar which means that homeowners can go solar with little or no upfront cost. You will still receive a monthly electricity bill but it will be lower than your current bill.
How does it work?
Sunrun solar service is grid-tied and utilizes your utility company’s electrical grid for electricity storage. While being off the grid is ideal to many people, batteries that store solar electricity are very expensive and the waste management is toxic to the environment.
When you go solar a meter is installed along with the system. This meter measures how much solar electricity the system produces. If it turns out that you produce more electricity than you use, that excess electricity is automatically fed to the utility grid and your net meter will “spin” backwards, earning you energy credits. What this means is that when the solar system is not producing electricity, you will use those energy credits to power your home.
How much money will you really save?
Of course this depends on your family’s individual energy consumption but the nice thing about going solar is that you can predict your electricity costs better than you can with the utility company. Utility companies use a tier system that is typically less regulated or not regulated at all, which means that utility companies have the ability to raise rates with little or no notice. You’re allowed a certain amount of power in each tier and once you’ve exceeded that amount you will be charged at the next highest tiered rate. Leased solar providers will typically recommend a system that offsets your expensive tiers which will help maximize your energy savings.
What about tax credits and rebates?
When you drive a low emissions vehicle or use wind or solar energy you may wonder if you will be rewarded for lowering your energy consumption in the form of rebates and tax credits. There are Federal and State incentives for purchasing solar panels but what if you lease them? You will not get a direct rebate or credit but leased solar providers take advantage of those incentives and pass that savings on to you which means that you pay less for your solar electricity without dealing with the tax paperwork. Who wants to deal with extra tax forms?
Aren’t solar panels ugly?
I think a lot of us have a mental image of big, ugly solar panels on the roof or in your yard but modern solar panels are pretty unobtrusive. The panels are installed on the southernmost side of the home to take advantage of the highest amount of sun exposure and production possible. The size and number of the panels depends on your home and energy consumption needs.
What can you do with the money you save?
Instead of paying more for electricity you can now use that money for a vacation, tuition, new furniture, an addition to your house, or retirement. It’s your money, spend it on yourself instead of giving it to the electric company!
Do you use solar energy in your home? If not, have you ever considered leasing solar panels? I know that The Husband and I will be discussing it as an option for our home.
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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Solar panel photos used with permission from Sunrun
Sun through leaves image courtesy of siraphat at FreeDigitalPhotos.net