Reduce High Electric Bills. Part 2: What Size Solar Electric System do You Actually Need?

5 May

A couple weeks ago we covered how much solar you could have on your roof, today we thought we’d talk about how much you actually need on your roof (or property), to cover you usage, or at least drastically reduce your electric bill.

The size of the solar electric system that you would need to cover 100% of your energy use isn’t practical for everyone. In fact for some people living in places with tiered electric bills (for example if you live in an area serviced by Southern California Edison) it actually makes a lot of sense to cover a smaller portion of your use. Just install a system large enough to take care of the higher tiers you fall into, which happens especially when you use electricity during peak hours, which are also often the sunniest hours.By taking off just that bit, your electric bill doesn’t go down to $5 month (although that is common for larger installations) it could cut your bill in half or more, depending on your usage habits.

Want to know what size solar power system you need to cover 100%, get out your electric bill and follow this link to the Solar Electric Calculator.

If you think a smaller system would make more sense for your home, then you need a solar installer to quote you number. This is a free service many companies provide. They will need to see your electric bill and take a look at your roof. If your in the Los Angeles Area you can fill out a form to get a free estimate here.

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2 Responses to “Reduce High Electric Bills. Part 2: What Size Solar Electric System do You Actually Need?”

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