How to Save Money with Solar Power
Switching to solar can initially be a large investment, but it can pay off in many ways. First of all, you can usually get some rebates and even tax breaks for installing solar panels and/or other equipment on your house, because you're reducing the strain on the country's infrastructure. You will save money on power, and if your power demand is smaller than your production, you can even sell power back to the grid.
Selling power back to the grid is known as "reverse metering", but the only way to do it is if the power company offers that option (it's pretty cool to see the little wheel on the electric meter spinning the other way!) Call them. If they do offer it, they will likely be able to recommend a company that can install solar panels for you. Of course, before you hire anyone to do that, check their references and experience. A lot of inexperienced contractors are jumping on the bandwagon since the cost of solar power systems has become more popular, and you want to be sure you hire someone who really understands the technology and how to install it properly.
If the power company doesn't offer this option, or if you just can't afford to put panels on the roof just yet, you can start smaller --order some solar-powered items like solar cookers, water heaters, and small appliances with solar panels (like cell-phone and laptop chargers, etc) to reduce your demand on the grid. Saving money AND saving the planet is a double plus. And finally, there is yet one more benefit. When the power goes out in your neighborhood, you will still be rocking and rolling with your own source of free energy. Good luck!
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