I was driving home from a job the other day when I heard a commercial for solar. We have discussed solar quite a few times in our house. We have seen the “Rent Your Roof” type ads, and never thought twice about them. In the past the cost is what stopped us. I told my wife that I would call and get a price to see where we stood. The person on the phone gave us an appointment scheduled for 2 days later so that we could get a no cost analysis of our electric situation.
I must say this first… There was no pressure sale, or tactics that I caught onto. All I was presented with was an opportunity to save some money. Take it, or Leave it.
The man that showed up looked very professional. He didn’t look like the average Joe that shows up with his builders clothing, and Carhartt coats on. Gil came in and sat down. He started by talking to us about the process in general of how solar can save us money. Next he asked us for electric bills. He was amazed that we had them in such an orderly fashion. We totalled up the KwH (Kilowat Hours) so that the information would be complete.
He then asked to take a visual look at direction, and pitch of the roof. He told us that we could get solar with no major issues. Next we went back in and sat down so that he could give us a full breakdown of the savings that are available. What I understood immediatelly was that JCP&L rates will increase in the future. I also realized what they have increased since we got our house.
Here are the best parts… They own the system. They do all repairs at no cost to me. It is mine after 20 years, or if I purchase it from them. I will be cutting money off my electric bill.
Gil went through any questions my wife and I had. My wife gave me the final accountability in this decision. I told Gil that we were going to go ahead. I signed the paperwork, and now it is just a waiting game.
I am all for saving some money, and helping the environment.