Monthly Archives: January 2012

Time To Go Green With Solar Energy

For the last few years I have been telling my wife that I would love to save us a little money by getting a solar system on the house.  Well, late last year I heard a commercial about getting a solar system for $0 down.  Keep in mind that as time goes on the cost for electricity goes up.  A few years ago electric was far cheaper than it is today, and delivery costs did not exist.

We called the company and within a few days a man came out to the house and went over all of the fine details.  After hearing his offer I decided to shop around and see what else was available to me.  I found another company that offered me a system with more GUARANTEED Killowats Per Year.  Sungevity gave me information that I didn’t have to decode, or have a science degree to figure out.

We started out with the web interface that pinpoints your house, and asks some general questions about your current electric.  Once that was completed I got a email back the following day with “Projected” system specifications.  In a lot of ways I found this easier than getting home insurance quotes, or even an rv insurance quote.  If your house is not feasible they will email you why, and you can decide on resolving the issue if you want to still go solar.  We then signed a contract based on those calculations.  (You are fully able to cancel the contract if anything isn’t as you desire in the next steps.)  The next step was to have a site inspection.  During the site inspection they check shading, roof, electric, and a few other things.

We signed our contract at the beginning of October 2011.  By the beginning of December everything was in line regarding paperwork, and permits were applied for.  When we came back from vacation the first week of January we were contacted to schedule our installation.  Last Friday the trucks rolled in and started the installation.  By the time all inspections were finished we came to today.  The system was tested out, and the only thing left is the interconnection to the utility system.  They are giving me an IPad 2 as part of their promotion.  The IPad 2 is coming with an app that will keep me apprised of my solar systems status.  There is NO Android app as of yet, but I already figured that out, and have the capability of seeing the info on my Android.  The installation crew was very nice, and did a very good job.  There were no problems, and they worked around us in every possible manner.

On top of those savings we also signed up with one of the subsidary utility rates.  Our electric is locked in currently at @11%.  In September we are going to change over to a different subsidary so that we can take advantage of lower rates again.

If you are thinking about saving some money on your electric feel free to ask me any questions you have.  I have done all the number crunching manually so that I could see for myself what I will be saving.  My numbers had nothing to do with anyones promises so noone set any expectations.

Here are my calculations…

You can do the same if you have your yearly KwH from your electric company, and you have calculated your yearly spending with your electric company.

  1. Last year I used @17400 KwH
  2. I spent $2962.59 for electric in 2011.
  3. I am being GUARANTEED @6100 KwH (Included with my lease)
  4. Multiply 6100 x JCP&L rate = PowerSavings
  5. Multiply 6100 x JCP&L delivery = Delivery Savings
  6. Add those 2 numbers together.
  7. Subtract those numbers from your yearly spent.
  8. Add your yearly lease cost.
  9. The final number is what you would have spent last year if you were on solar electric.
  10. We have come to calculations of @$500-600 savings after all costs. (This number does not include any extra electric that we generate over the 6100 KwH.  That electric is ours for FREE.)

Send me an email, or leave a comment here if you want me to send you a link so that you can benefit from the promotions that are running.  Currently they are offering a $500 bonus, and a IPad 2 if you are referred in by another customer.

My email is: JMarsden92@Comcast.Net

My Sungevity referral number is: 121828.  Use this number when going through the website for your IQuote.

The “Woz” Said What?

I have moved through many different types of phones over the past many years.  The Android OS is by far the best that I have worked with.  I have played with an IPhone a few times, but never was impressed with it.  Reading the various sources that I do I ran into this very interesting piece.  Check it out and then tell me what you think.  I smell the eventual downfall of the IPhone.

I never thought I would hear the day when an Apple exec would ever say anything of the sort.  It just goes to show that executives actually do have a mind of their own.

The co-founder of Apple,  Steve Wozniak said in an interview this week with The Daily Beast that his main phone is an iPhone, but also said the Android does more!

“My primary phone is the iPhone,” Woz says. “I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do.”

androidflickr user renatomitra

Wozniak said that while the iPhone is simpler to use, the Siri system has problems with tasks the Android’s voice command system has no problem handling.   He points out these Android advantages: “Getting directions to a restaurant; placing phone calls; getting more life out of a battery charge.”  Says Woz;  “if you’re willing to do the work to understand it a little bit, well I hate to say it, but there’s more available in some ways.”


iphoneflickr user renatomitra

Wozniak says he’s been a user of Apple’s voice-recognition software, Siri,  for a long time,  before it was a built in app in the iPhone. He said in the Daily Beast article that he used to love it when it was an independent application.  But ever since Apple bought Siri and built the software into the iPhone 4S, it doesn’t work as well as it used to.