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 save 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 California rates are as high as $0.21 per kilowatt hour. Rates this high allow some 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 to do, if you are looking to lower your electric bill is to cut down on the 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 to change the way your home uses electricity. An energy efficient home, that uses energy efficient appliances, will cut down your electric bill. The cost of adding energy efficient appliances to cut your usage by 100 kilowatts per month, is less than buying enough solar equipment to generate 100 kilowatts per month. 

So remember living efficiently does not always mean living differently. 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 solar will mean a lot. 


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