Our family just bought our first house in Long Island, NY after years of renting in and around NYC. As new homeowners, we’ve been consistently shocked (as I’m sure many new homeowners are) with the cost of everything! Whether it’s lawn maintenance or home improvement projects, our budget has spun out of control.
Our energy bill is no different. Last summer, our combined electric and gas bill for our lovely one bedroom apartment averaged $60/month. Now, we’re well over $150/month for electric alone. I cringe at the idea of a coal or gas fired power plant somewhere working overtime on account of the fact that we need more space for our family. That got us thinking if we should look into something better.
Folks may be interested in getting solar panels installed for a number of reasons. Environmental benefits, sustainability, reducing dependence on infrastructure, getting off the grid, and cost savings are some reasons that come to mind. Ultimately, we fall into the environmental benefit-sustainability-cost savings camp. We see the need to do our part to help the environment, but that’s not to say that cost savings don’t play a role in the calculus (they do!).
Anyway, now what? This is the first in (hopefully) a series of posts covering my solar journey. Join me for the ride. Hopefully it won’t be a journey into the heart of madness.