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We Don’t Need No Stinking Lawn

Ever since before my mother in law passed we have tried numerous times to get a nice front lawn growing.  We have given up on this because no matter what we do we can’t get anything to grow short of weeds.  One of my customers came by and looked into why.  He told me that for the most part the soil we have is bad, and after he used a moisture analyzer said that I would need to do extensive watering if I was to ever get any sort of grass like sod.  My backyard gets some attention, but not much.  We don’t need grass to play horseshoes.

With this additional cost in play we have fully decided that we don’t need grass in the front yard.  We mow the weeds, and it looks nice for the most part.  I will not add anymore bills to my house.  I have finally gotten my electric under control, and I mean “UNDER” control.  Last month Constellation incorrectly billed us.  We got an adjustment bill today including this month, and it shows last month as a $0.  The new updated bill came to $63.  Last month there was no bill basically.

Some people have told me that I must not be reading something right, but the proof is in the bill…..

We like this, and hope that it continues in this manner.

Music And Sound Equipment Savings Are Available

I am not a very big music person.  I am however a big video gamer.  I never got into being in a band, or anything like that.  Maybe this is because I didn’t have the money to get into music earlier in my adulthood.

People that are into music sometimes don’t get the benefit of sales, or discounts. This is because musical equipment is something that holds its value rather well.  I have a few people in my family that are into musical instruments, and they could benefit from discounts, or even coupons.  I know that this could be good for one of them because they had some equipment get ruined in a fire at a band members house.

That being said I know that they will appreciate being able to Take 15 % off any item priced over $199 or more.  Being in the electronics business I will check to see if any of my customers need any new sound equipment.  I always make sure to give my customers the best price that I can.

If that isn’t enough savings then I don’t know what to tell you.

Are you into musical instruments?  If you were purchasing any equipment would this be something you took advantage of?  Is the economy making your music sound a bit weak?

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.