Solar Power Saves Money

Solar Power Saves Money

Solar power saves money for a lot of homes and businesses in the US and around the world.

I was a relatively early adopter of household solar panels on my home. I have a contract with  Solar City, and as year 7 comes to a close, I find that my savings have been more than they promised, and as satisfying as I knew they would be.

 

$9,874

Your estimated savings so far

56.9

Tons of CO2 conserved and counting

Equivalent to

 Not driving a car for 134,642 miles

 Or avoiding the use of 29,137 gallons of water

 

I live in Arizona, where a lot of our power comes from nuclear. While this is a low cost (relative) and low emission (short term) source of power, even APS realizes that the long term disposal of spent nuclear is not resolved.

https://www.aps.com/library/resource%20alt/2017IntegratedResourcePlan.pdf

“Another consideration is the ultimate disposal of spent nuclear fuel as the federal government has not succeeded in establishing a permanent repository. Spent nuclear fuel from existing nuclear power plants continues to be stored at the individual plant sites, either in spent fuel pools or in dry cask storage facilities. “

Nuclear energy is at best delaying the cost and pollution of energy to the future generations. At worst, it is a destroyer of land, water and human life, as we have seen in Japan with their latest issues with their reactors.

Solar is resource heavy up front, but the operation over 20 plus years certainly seems a more viable solution. The wastes and pollutions that are generated are able to be mitigated with current technology. The same cannot be said for nuclear.

Pollution generated from coal fire plants is a huge issue. Air, soil and water are wasted and destroyed during mining as well as during power generation. Some of these are able to be mitigated, but air pollution seems to be a source that no one is willing to pay for, even though the technology DOES exist to mitigate it.

So back to my house.

We installed the solar system on my home in December of 2010. It was just in time to realize the last decent solar tax credits that were offered by the state and local government. Those tax breaks still exist to some extent, but not nearly as much as I received.

At the same time though, the prices were higher.

Demand was high, but production wasn’t really refined at that point.

The politics of all of this has led to cheaper systems, and less companies vying for the install money.

Solar City has stuck through all of us, and in my opinion it is because of their superior product and service. It is also due to their early leasing options.

I considered this when I got my system. The return on my investment, as projected, was pretty close either way- a payoff in 8 years.

They beat that. I was getting a return part way through the 6th year. I ended up using more power than projected, and it saved me even more than they estimated. Lucky me!

(now if APS would stop raising their generation fees, I could maintain my savings.)

The current environment has found energy companies wishing they had put more fees on the early adopters. They were no longer making as much money off of our solar systems. We saved money, when they obviously thought we wouldn’t.

They are restructuring rates so future installs are going to pay more than I will on my grandfathered system. But I still pay more than I used to.

The benefits are still there though. Leases can be very attractive ways to hedge the risks of an owned system.

If you think about the alternative, money wise- do you save any money or generate any power on your normal non solar home? Probably not.

You are tied to the grid no matter what, and need to pay what they offer you. You generate nothing. You just spend and consume.

And yes- I am on the grid, and I consume more than I make, but what else is my roof doing for me, besides keeping the rain out?

Solar Power Saves Money. Solar also saves air, water and soil in the long term.

Take a look at it in your area.

The links above are going to take you to the Solar Ambassador program. If you decide to buy a Solar City system, I might get a kick back. I never have gotten one before, but hope you might consider clicking it if you do want a quote on solar.

They can show you what to expect on your roof based on Goole maps and the amount of sun you get. It is interesting.

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Big Climate News From the Supreme Court

So there was a pretty big story on climate change today, did anyone even see it? It got buried among the stories about someones booty and whether or not rich people are rich or some such thing.. but here it is-


 

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/23/justice/scotus-greenhouse-gases/index.html?iref=allsearch

from the article-“ The Supreme Court on Monday took away some of the government’s power to tighten emission standards, but preserved the majority of its authority under federal law to regulate greenhouse gases.”


 

So there were some small wins here, but not all bad losses…

The Supreme Court has been hearing about green house gases and whether or not the EPA can regulate them as an air pollutant.

Obviously, one has to believe in climate change before one can agree to regulate that which causes it.. so many government officials are denying it exists. Of course, we know why- if we decide the carbon dioxide is an issue, we have to do something about it. A lot of something.. and a lot often has to do with curbing emissions from power plants and vehicles. Hmmm.

The fight has only begun on this topic though. Coal fired power plants are the target that the EPA is going to be working on next, and they will not go down easy.

What is the issue? The coal plants in this country are basically older plants, and need some upgrading in order to be more efficient and produce less emissions. Reducing emissions in a power plant costs money, and the energy producers are not excited to spend this money unless they have to. In other industries, where pollutants are emitted, there are rules that mandate that they are abated. This industry has not faced these stringent requirements and they are unhappy.

Anti-climate alarmists are telling the public that regulating industry will mean regulating them next… ohhh scary! Imagine- our electricity bills will be 10 million dollars a month, the world will collapse! We all know this is not true, but more fear mongering.

The fact is- a real commitment to energy efficiency would save us millions of dollars a year as consumers, and we wouldn’t have to give up a thing. Of course- the people selling us energy would be giving something up- profits. Thus they are very keen to fight this.

Here at Itzybellababy, we run our business on solar. ( ok, it is our house- but it doubles as the office where I work.)

The solar panels have been a great way for us to save money, emissions, and we have given up nothing in return (except maybe a very poorly performing retirement savings account.)

Solar panels

More to come on that.

But what do you do to save energy? Are you a climate change believer?