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Saving money while saving the planet

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

One of my long term goal is to have enough money to retire and travel. Friday I took a big step towards that goal by finding a great way to cut my energy expense.

Frank, a site surveyor for Solar City, came out and took measurements to see if our home qualified for the solar panels on our roof. Earlier, my husband talked with a representative from Solar City on the phone to make sure that our home is positioned in such a way as solar energy would be a feasible alternative to PSNH (public service of NH). We qualified, and Frank came out, looked at our house from the basement to the attic, taking measurement regarding structural make up of our home.

Frank is a veteran from Massachusetts. He drove up from Massachusetts to check out our home. A Manchester, NH office will open soon, he said.
A free customized report was prepared to show the savings over the next 20 years. Installation of the panels is free, and we will be paying about $60 a month loan for solar equipment, which we will eventually own. I like that!

Frank's report was given to the Solar City engineers, who designed our home's solar system. Now we are waiting for the company to take care of the inspections and the getting of permits. PSNH will also have to give permission before we can flip the switch to start feeding electricity onto their wires. Soon the installers will spend one day installing our system, and we will begin saving money while we help reduce the need for other types of electricity.
Of course, there is an app for this! We will be able to watch how much energy our system is making every day! I really have no idea just how much energy our panels will creat, using the sun's power. I will keep you posted on this one.

Right now we pay an average of $90. Solar City will eventually make a profit on our home by selling the electricity back to PSNH. We will benefit by helping the family budget and helping the environment as well.

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