going solar discussion Oct 11, 2018 12:33:31 GMT
Post by crud on Oct 11, 2018 12:33:31 GMT
I just wanted to tell people some opinions about whether or not they should consider using solar power. Let me say first that anyone who plans on saving any money by going solar is going to have to wait about 10 years to see any savings. Energy is so cheap to buy from the power company that it will take what will seem like an eternity to pay off any up front cost of solar equipment. Even with net metering,mainly what you would be doing is trying to offset the access fees of electric,gas and water.I use less than 10 dollars a month for all my utilities.The access fees are about 75 dollars a month. My electric is about 12cents (slightly less) per kwh. The electric company only lets you accumulate a 10 percent excess amount of energy each month so its not like you can speed up the clock to pay off your solar gear. The only way to actually benefit from using solar,before you die,is to use it off grid. Like out in the middle of nowhere,where you actually need to generate your own power for survival. Even then it will take 10 years to pay off your gear. So go ahead and go solar if you want but just know that it will be a long long time before you pay off your gear and by then you will probably need to start replacing things anyway.So that will put you back at square one again. Paying more up front to save mere pennies per week. Remember,electricity is dirt cheap to buy from the electric company. A hell of a lot cheaper than buying a bunch of solar equipment. Using solar for me is more about having fun first,and saving money last. You might as well not even get it in your head that you are saving anything because most likely you are not saving at all.You should consider yourself lucky if you break even 10 or more years down the road. Tell me what you think. I would like to hear from anyone who has a net meter and how much,if any,they are offsetting access fees.