Alger Heights Solar Home
October 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC-5
Why did you decide to go solar?
To reduce air pollution. Burning coal and natural gas contributes to health problems like asthma, birth defects, cancer and miscarriages. It also contributes to climate change.
Did anything surprise you about the process of going solar?
Filling out the tax forms was easier than expected.
Do you have any data about your solar system performance? What electricity savings have you seen since going solar?
We have not paid an electric bill since May and are building up credits. It is possible we won’t pay another bill for ten years (when our net-metering expires)
We calculated that the garage panels would pay for themselves in 15 years or less. (Most installations pay for themselves in 10 years or less, but our garage panels face west not south) We have not calculated a payback time for the house panels but they are starting out quite well.
What advice would you give to someone considering going solar?
Do it! The sooner you go solar the sooner you will be contributing positively to people’s health, our grandchildren’s futures and to saving money on your electric bills.
You don’t have to do everything at once. We had 3 separate installations. And we expect to have one or two more in the future.
People are often concerned about costs. Installing solar is a money-making proposition compared with paying the electric company every month. It is similar to how buying a house is better financially than renting. Don’t assume you can’t afford it. There are many ways to work out the financials.
Our installer is Chuck Ammond, Chuck@AmmEnDesign.com