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Coming next week: A 3 part-series: My Electric Bill is So High - Will Solar Help?

04/08/18

  11:21:00 am, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 359 words  
Categories: Solar Economics, Residential Solar

Coming next week: A 3 part-series: My Electric Bill is So High - Will Solar Help?

On of our most popular blog posts ever - I’ve Got Solar - Why is My Bill So High? -  looked at how to understand solar economics after your system is installed.  My (nearly five-year-old) book, Commercial Solar: Step-by-Step, outlined the decision-making process for facility managers and commercial building owners thinking about going solar. 

But it is high time that we wrote about this all-important question from the homeowner’s perspective:

My Electric Bill is So High - Will Solar Help?

Here’s an overview of what we will be covering in the series:

Why are my bills so high?

Part 1 - How High is High?

We will explore how to get a sense of what solar can, and cannot do for you.  A solar power system can be a great investment, but it isn’t a silver bullet, and not every home will be a good candidate for that investment!

Part 2 - How to Choose Installers to Bid

Ask anyone who has had solar installed on their home, and they will tell you: the choice of the installer makes all the difference. 
Find a good one - and there are many of us out there - and the process should go smoothly, and you will be happy with your choice for many years to come.  Pick a bad one - and sadly, there are far too many of them out there - and you will live with that decision for a long time to come.

We will arm you with the facts you need to make the right choice.

Part 3 - How to Evaluate Solar Proposals - Including Financing

For most homeowners, this is your one and only experience having solar installed.  You will get multiple proposals from your selected installers - but they will probably look nothing at all alike!  In most locations there are no required disclosures, so the amount of information presented, and the way that it is presented, will vary dramatically from one installer to another! 

We will explain what to look for as you try to pick the perfect “apple” from the “fruit salad” being presented to you!

So that’s it - we will be publishing the first installment on Tuesday.  If there is something you would like us to cover that we haven’t alluded to, please let us know.

 

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Jim Jenal is the Founder & CEO of Run on Sun, Pasadena's premier installer and integrator of top-of-the-line solar power installations.
Run on Sun also offers solar consulting services, working with consumers, utilities, and municipalities to help them make solar power affordable and reliable.

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