Well, it’s finally hit. Summertime in the desert hit us full force this weekend. Fortunately, I was in Ventura for the weekend, but we’re home now and the weather is sizzling. The forecast for today is a high of 107, climbing up to 115 by Thursday(!). As I write this, just before 1:00, it’s already 99 outside.
What most people who live in normal, non-desert areas don’t realize, is that the temperature will continue to climb through the day, hitting its peak at about 6:00 pm. It most areas of the world, it then starts to cool down through the evening. Well, it will cool down here, too, all the way to about 100 at bedtime, toward a low of 79 in the small hours of the morning.
I’ve lived in the California desert for a long time and I love it, even the summertime. We are surrounded by air conditioning, from our home, to our cars, to work, to everyone we do business with. I know that if I want to run or do anything active outdoors I need to get up (really) early to get it done. The same goes for yard work, and even running errands, as getting in and out of a boiling hot car is one of the worst things about hot weather. In return for surviving about four months of hot weather, I have the best weather in the world for the rest of the year. Sounds like a fair trade to me!
Honestly though, there is one thing that I really don’t like about the desert summer. With those high temperatures and very little cooling off in the evening, it means that I never turn off my air conditioner. That’s right, my A/C pretty much runs 24 hours a day from June through September. I don’t like breathing canned air constantly, but what I really don’t like are my power bills, which will come close to tripling over the next few months.
I have been very interested in learning more about solar power. It is the future of energy after all, particularly in sunny climates like Southern California. I have had several clients who purchased it, and my son had solar panels installed when he had his new house built. Everyone has raved about their savings.
The downside? Well, the out of pocket expense for one thing. Even with incentives, and the potential future savings on your power bills, purchasing solar is very expensive. Until now, that is, where there is a cost saving solution that will save you money on your electric bills while eliminating the upfront cost of installing the solar panels. Going solar with Sunrun will save you money on your electricity bill immediately. Sunrun customers save an average of 20% on their electric bills*
I had a lot of questions about solar power, and I’m sure you do too, so I wanted to share some of the answers with you, so that you can know your options.
Going Solar: Answers to Your Questions
1. What are my options for going solar? Right now, there are two options. Purchase the solar panels, where you will be responsible for not only the upfront costs, including installation, but also any repair or service, insurance, parts, etc. The second option is leasing a system with a solar service provider.
2. What is a solar lease or power purchase agreement (PPA)? With leased solar, also called a PPA, the homeowner is able to have solar installed with little or no upfront cost. The solar lease provider installs, maintains, and monitors the system through the lifetime of the agreement. (Leased solar is not available in every state due to a variety of factors. Visit Sunrun.com to see if Sunrun service is available near you.)
3. How much does leased solar cost? Leased solar can be installed at little or no upfront cost to the consumer, who will then pay a reduced rate for their electricity. The monthly rate will vary based on tiered electric costs in your area, the size of the home, the size of the panels needed, etc.
4. How much will I save? The amount you will save will be specific to each customer. It will depend on your usage, your rate, and the rate charged by your local utility.
5. Do I get tax credits and rebates? There are both state and federal incentives that a homeowner can receive if they purchase solar panels. As the owner of the panels, the leased solar provider takes advantage of these incentives in order to lower the price you pay for your solar electricity.
6. What are tiered electricity rates? Tiered electricity rates are part of the reason electricity has become so expensive. With tiered rates, the more power you use the more your electricity costs per kilowatt hour. They are not as regulated, which means the power company has the ability to raise these rates without your consent. One of the nice things about going solar is that you can predict your electric rates for decades to come.
7. Where do the panels go on my house? Typically solar panels are installed on the southernmost portion of your house to better collect as much sun exposure and production as possible. The size and number of panels are designed specifically for your home and energy consumption.
I hope that answered some of your questions. If you have more, check out Sunrun.com. Sunrun invented solar service, a way to get solar energy on your roof without the high upfront cost and the hassle of ownership. When you sign a power purchase agreement with Sunrun, they will install, monitor, maintain, and repair your solar panels for the life of your agreement. You just pay a low, locked-in rate for the electricity that the panels produce. Sunrun solar is a win-win: Good for your wallet and good for the planet through reduced energy consumption.
*Actual savings will vary. See here for details.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.