It’s Tuesday again, and that means we are going green. Just a reminder that this series has been inspired by David Bach’s latest book, Go Green, Live Rich. And you can enter to win this book by leaving a comment on Green Living days.

Solar Power

Phoenix has 320 days of sunshine a year. Why everything isn’t solar powered here, I don’t know? When we got our hot tub I looked very briefly into having it solar powered but really, I didn’t know where to begin. There isn’t a ton of info about how to go about getting solar power for your home. What I found seemed awkward and expensive. So it’s hooked up to electricity. But David Bach listed this website, www.findsolar.com, in the book and it’s so helpful. If I had known about this site a year ago I would probably have a solar powered hot tub right now.

The site asks for your state, county, and electric company. Then you choose what you want to power with solar. If I choose the Spa/ Pool heating option it calculates that it will cost me $1,066, after tax rebates. Yeah, it calculates state and federal tax rebates too! Which when you consider I paid over $800 to have it hooked up to electricity that seems like a really good deal.

But the website doesn’t end it’s helpfulness there. You can also find companies that install solar power systems, complete with customer reviews.

Before I left, I also played around with what it would cost to have my whole house solar powered. Wouldn’t that be amazing! No electric bills! Unfortunately, it’s not such a great deal as powering the hot tub. To produce 100% of the power for my home it would cost just over $87,000. Which at 6.5% for 30 years is a payment of $550. I currently pay $168 a month for electricity. So as cool as it would be, I won’t be switching my home to solar any time soon.

But I get the distinct feeling that we are on the cusp of big breakthroughs in this industry. Almost $120 billion are invested right now in renewable energy projects. The instant solar (or wind) power becomes more cost effective it’s really going to take off. I think it will go the way of the computer, the technology will become cheaper and more powerful year after year. So it might not be long before seeing solar panels on the roof is a common occurrence.

So what do you think? At what point would you be willing to get solar? Do you think I’m wrong in assuming solar power will ever take off? How much would it cost you to install enough solar power to power your whole house? Leave a comment and enter to win David Bach’s book! ***Contest has ended***

Other posts in the series:

Bottled Water

Green Credit Cards

Drive Smarter

Energy Smart

Shop Smart

Babies

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