Solar Power is Still Awesome (Three Years Later)

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It’s been greater than 3 years since we’ve paid an electrical invoice… and it feels each and every bit as just right because it sounds.

Yesterday we were given our invoice for May. It’s wonderful to seem ahead to getting a invoice within the mail. This was once our easiest invoice but:

solar power is still awesome three years later - Solar Power is Still Awesome (Three Years Later)

No, THANK YOU for letting me use your DirectNOPay Program.

For more recent readers, I wrote an article right here about how and why we transitioned to solar energy. Solar energy labored out for us in line with a confluence of 3 issues: space orientation (going through south), state and federal subsidies, and the cost of electrical energy basically. The final two are Rhode Island comparable, nevertheless it make sense for you on your state. I believe the federal subsidies are nonetheless in position, however you might need to examine this briefly. To put it mildly, I don’t suppose environmental reasons are close to the highest of this management’s priorities.

We’re these days within the “sweet spot” of solar energy. In the spring, the times are lengthy which means that a large number of solar. We don’t use a lot electrical energy as we don’t want warmth or (a lot) air con. We are beginning to get into air con season despite the fact that, which is after we’ll get started drawing down on that destructive steadiness. (Or is it drawing up, as a result of we’re in negatives?)

I believe we’ve gotten as shut as a -$50 steadiness, however this contemporary -$255 invoice is the largest credit score I will consider. This June has been cooler than I consider and we have been on holiday for a part of the month. Maybe we’ll get to -$300.

It’s humorous (and bizarre) to really feel as a lot delight in that quantity as I do. In the grand scheme of our internet price, $255 is a spherical off error. Don’t get me improper, I nonetheless run round to a number of groceries retail outlets to save lots of a few bucks, however we’re in a monetary position the place the adaptation between $125 and $255 isn’t a large deal… except you “earn” it in small increments as we now have. (I put “earn” in quotes there, as a result of such a lot of it is passive and has not anything to do our energetic involvement.)

The easiest factor about now not paying for electrical energy is simply that… getting rid of bills. And up to I gloat about it right here, it’s somewhat cheating to mention we aren’t paying for electrical energy. Solar panels aren’t affordable. We took out a HELOC to hide them. A cheap particular person may make the very legitimate case that we’re simply paying any person else (the financial institution, plus hobby) each and every month and we didn’t do away with an expense.

If you need to make that case, one day, we’ll do away with the expense. The timeline on that turns out to modify each and every few months, however we’re making just right headway. If now not for any other surprising bills, we might almost certainly were all the way down to 0 somewhat again.

Or possibly we received’t in reality ever do away with our per month electrical energy invoice. We are a few months clear of paying off either one of our SUVs (they have been on five+ years of low/0 hobby loans), so in any other eight years possibly we’ll glance into an electrical SUV. At that time the SUVs shall be 13 years previous. If we don’t have Uber gPods, we’d most likely be on the lookout for an electrical SUV with Four-wheel pressure (for New England snow), which is slightly of a tall order at the moment. If it turns into a fact, we’ll shift a few of our transportation prices in opposition to our electrical energy invoice. I’m now not positive how that may have an effect on issues, however we’ve were given not anything however time to determine it out.

Have you regarded into the price of sun on your house? Let me know within the feedback.

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