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Environment  (tags: green, environment, conservation, energy, solar )

- 2127 days ago -
If you've thought about going solar, but weren't sure you could afford it, think again. As the New York Times wrote in a recent profile of our Sierra Club Solar Homes partner, Sungevity, "residential solar power has never been more affordable."

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Jelica R (144)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 6:08 am
The secret is that, instead of buying your system, you can lease it (often with no money down) and start enjoying solar savings right away. To get a quote, all you need is a computer, your home address, and three minutes.

Best of all, Sierra Club members and supporters who decide to go solar by August 31 through our program will get a $1,000 bonus.

This is limited for US residents, I was not able to get a quote and check it for myself, so I can't tell you more about it.

If you're interested, go to the site and see if this offer meets your needs.

Alice C (1797)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 6:48 am
Thank you for printing this information. This Spring I added 7.2 KW to our farmhouse with the lease program. We now have 10 KW total. My electric bill went down to $2.20 a month...even with the central air on. Our home is heated with the sun as well...Last year I only had to turn on the heat 3 times !

MmAway M (506)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 6:53 am
Entered the address and info...and they wanted name etc...since it is not my home I didn't enter my name &, phone number Jeepers they wanted I don't know the quote Jelica for you.

It seems to me a deal where they are trying to drum up business, goodness they will probably come out and try have a salesman show Up.

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 7:11 am
I'm sorry they want so many information. I thought all they need is a city and address. I would hate to promote a business here where we share our hopes for a better world.

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 7:14 am
Alice, good for you. 2.2 $ for electricity. Wow...

Maggie S (40)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 7:16 am
I have 2 Sungevity systems - one on my house and one on my rental. Last year I paid $42 in electriity all year! If anyone wants anymore info, you can contact me through Care2. Center for Biological Diversity is a partner, and, if you are a memeber, they can get a signing bonus and your signing bonus is even more! Once you sign up, you can get referral bonuses form this company. I am so please with my system and the monitoring on the computer. So far this year, I have banked 470 hours to use during the winter when we have less sun and I use more energy! I can give you more details if you contact me.

Maggie S (40)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 7:18 am
Salesmen NEVER show up! You get a quote and maybe a couple followup e-mail, but that is it! No pressure, no hassel! With my signing bonus on my home, my solar system is now complely paid for! Sungevity also go the PBS Innovator of the Year Award! I am so thrilled I went with them!

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 7:22 am
Here is what I found about incentives for homeowners who want to improve energy efficiency:

Green building pros are setting up shop all across the country, so they're getting easier to find. The Department of Energy certifies Energy Star home performance contractors, who are trained to improve energy efficiency in residential homes. (Be careful: many state and federal incentives require that the work be done by a certified contractor - so check the rules before hiring anyone.) Ask potential contractors about their interest in and experience with going green, and find out if they are approved for work that qualifies for a green home label.

Whereas most incentives for energy efficiency improvements are capped at $1,500 - incentives for most household alternative energies cover fully 30% of the cost of, with no cap.

Various local, state and federal incentives exist to encourage the use of efficient
* windows and doors,
* insulation,
* roofing,
* HVAC (including geothermal ground source heat pumps)
* water heaters (including solar water heaters) and
alternative energy technologies, like solar power, geothermal heating and cooling, biomass stoves, small wind turbines and even fuel cells.

Learn about local incentives by searching this Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.

Learn more about geothermal heating and cooling from Climate Master.

Jelica R (144)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 7:53 am
That is what I wanted to hear - people sharing experience with their home energy improvements.

Too often, we are focused on problems and seldom speak about overwhelming difficulties with positive actions.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 7:56 am

It seems the government isn't going to lead the way so we each must step up to do what we can. I am on a wait list for solar panels, this may work out better and save money. We can make it far less profitable for OIL, GAS and COAL, by doing things for ourselves. Alice has been trying to show us for some time that each of us can take a stand for independence and making our own lives as free as possible from fossil fuels.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 12:24 pm
TY Jelica

paul m (93)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 8:01 am

Thanks for info

David C (129)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 10:31 am
thanks, but it maybe limited by location??? at least for now.....

Rosie Lopez (73)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 10:49 am
thank you!

Christeen A (371)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 12:43 pm
Thank you for this very informative article.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 3:40 pm
I'm all for solar, wind, etc., but only 15% savings with all those solar panels pictured?.?

Talya H (10)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 4:59 pm
Thanks for the article!

JL A (281)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 5:21 pm
The lease option seems to math out pretty well if you get sun without upfront costs.

Jelica R (144)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 8:45 pm
If 15% savings does not sound like a goal, check comments from Alice and Maggie, Robert - they both have installed PV panels and shared their experience.

WE can take another look at 15% less electricity used:

* we will need 15% less installed power in electric plants, meaning that we will not need to build new capacities for a year or two, thus saving even more CO2 emissions on building materials we saved by not building new plants;

* new created jobs needed to install and maintenance of all those PV panels will outnumber jobs loss from 15% less power plants;

* CO2 emissions will be 1,575 Mt CO2 / year lower, or about 5% of total world CO2 emission (34,000 Mt CO2 / year);

* thermoelectric power plants use a LOT of watter which could be used for vital resources, like food producion...

I am sure that many more benefits could be listed here.

Alice C (1797)
Thursday August 23, 2012, 11:20 pm
The electric savings is way more than 15% for our home. Many people with the same size home as we do pay over 1,000.00 per month just for electric. Building a passive solar home costs no more to build than any other home. It's just a matter of building a home the correct way.

My son has a small apartment in Manhattan. His electric bill is 300.00 per month !

Jelica R (144)
Saturday August 25, 2012, 12:59 pm
Thank you for clarifying, Alice. Many people do not see the possibilities of alternative sources.
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