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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.

Phone Service Alternatives

I have been watching for the last year to see if I could find ways to save a bit more money on some of our bills.  One of the biggest things we did was that we made some major changes to our phone service in our house.  I used to have all the features on my home/office phones.  I never even got to use some of them like the conference calling feature.  I have MagicJack, and that has made it so that I don’t need long distance service on my phones.  This is needless to mention that I also use my cell phone for a lot of my business, and I am not in the office much as it is.  I recently decided to give Skype a try.  As long as both parties are internet based, rather than phone, the service costs nothing.  This is also nice because they have an android app out that allows me to talk to someone else on Skype without cost when I am in 3G, 4G, or connected via WiFi.

Next time you want to make some major money changes look at your phone bill.  I did, and I am glad that I made some changes.  I think I pay @ $20 a month now, and that gets me unlimited local calls, and unlimited incoming.