My husband and I have talked about going “off the grid” some recently. Solar power is something we are definitely thinking about looking into because it is a sustainable / renewable energy source. We really thought about it when we lived down south and had near constant sun coverage at our house, but it’s a great option no matter where you live.
And solar power offers you an easy way to save money on your electric bill each month.
Did you know that running solar power on your house doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to start? Some companies like Sunrun will lease you the equipment to help reduce startup costs! With Sunrun solar leasing, homeowners can get solar on their roof for as little as $0 down and start saving on their monthly electricity costs immediately. The homeowner will receive a monthly electricity bill that is lower than what they currently pay to the utility. The cost of the monthly payment depends on a variety of factors, including tiered electricity costs in your area, the size of the system required on your home, rebates offered, etc.
Did you know that you can actually put power back into the grid? How cool is that? This is another way you can save money with Sunrun solar power.
When you go solar, a net meter is installed along with the system. It looks a lot like your utility meter and measures how much solar electricity the system produces. So, if it produces more electricity than you used (e.g., on sunny afternoons), that excess electricity is automatically fed to the utility grid and your net meter will “spin” backwards, earning you energy credits. In the evenings, when the solar system is not producing electricity, the homeowner uses those energy credits to power their home.
Many homeowners who go solar do so to save money in the summer months, when the sun is out the longest and air conditioning costs are the highest of the year. I know I hated how much our electricity would go up in the summer in the south. Unfortunately my current home has electric heating so my bill stays high whether it’s heat or A/C being run. Sunrun could potentially offer me savings year round!
Misconceptions About Solar Power
- “Solar is expensive and has a high upfront cost.” – Reality: With Sunrun solar leasing, homeowners can get solar on their roof for as little as $0 down and start saving on their monthly electricity costs immediately.
- “Solar is complicated and out of reach.” – Reality: Solar service providers like Sunrun take care of all of the details of going solar, from designing the system, installing it on your roof, monitoring the system’s production, and maintaining the system throughout the lifetime of the solar service agreement.
- “Solar energy is more expensive than the electricity my utility provides.” – Reality: If Sunrun doesn’t think they can save you money, they won’t sell you a system.
Sunrun customers save an average of 20% on their electricity costs. (actual savings may vary). See http://clvr.li/1dwHGKc for details.
Sunrun installs, insures and fully monitors and maintains a solar system that is designed specifically for you and your home. Not too big, not too small. You then pay a low, locked-in rate for the electricity that the panels produce.
Sunrun is a win-win! It’s good for your wallet and good for the planet. And imagine what you could do with the extra cash you have each month! You could save for a vacation, save for college, or save for another item you need for your home.
Sunrun is currently having a sweepstakes on Facebook where you can win a Nest Learning Thermostat. Make sure you visit the Sunrun page to learn if solar is right for you and how you can save money by switching to Sunrun.
Have you ever considered solar power for your house? What would you do with the money you save?
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