Frequently Asked Question
My Electric Bill is too High, Will Solar Lower it?
This is a difficult question to answer. Due to the rising electrical
rates the answer is not the same for everyone.
Yes. A solar system on your home will lower your
electric bill. Unfortunately
the initial layout of funds to purchase the system can be high.
If you look at the cost per kilowatt hour for a solar
system over its
life it can be as low as $0.11 per kilowatt hour. If your goal is to
money over the life of the system and you are paying the power company
more then $0.11 per kilowatt hour a solar system makes sense. In
rates are as high as $0.21 per kilowatt hour. Rates this high allow
solar systems to pay for themselves in 5 years.
If you are paying less then $0.10 per kilowatt hour
solar may not be
for you from a cost savings stand point. A kilowatt hour of Solar will
cost more than a kilowatt hour of utility electricity. The best thing
do, if you are looking to lower your electric bill is to cut down on
amount of power that you use. This may not mean you have to change your
lifestyle and live like a hermit, in the dark. It means you just have
change the way your home uses electricity. An energy efficient home,
uses energy efficient appliances, will cut down your electric bill. The
cost of adding energy efficient appliances to cut your usage by 100
per month, is less than buying enough solar equipment to generate 100
So remember living efficiently does not always mean
If your home is designed to be energy efficient then adding solar will
reduce your bill. Since you bill is smaller to start with a little
will mean a lot.