I called to get some pricing and to see if my home is a good candidate. I wasn’t sure if it would be since I have many trees. The guy on the phone was a huge help. He asked me some questions about the size of my house and my current energy usage. He seemed surprised when I told him. Apparently I use a lot less than other people with the same size house. Some of that is probably due to my large trees. He pulled up my house on Google maps, and it felt a little big brotherish when he asked if I had a trampoline and described my property perfectly. Turns out I have a spot and am a good candidate.
Sit down. The price for the basic system starts at $23,000.00. I thought maybe he said it wrong. I was thinking $10,000.00 maybe? After tax credits and rebates, my out of pocket would still be over $11,000.00. Ouch. Way more than I can afford. It would also be a while before it paid for itself. Not to mention I will need a new roof in the next few years and it’s $1500.00 to move them and put them back. Double ouch.
I did hear the technology is changing rapidly and these might be more affordable in a few years. Maybe I should get a windmill instead? I haven’t priced those yet. And I don’t have an HOA. If I did, that would require a new blog on how many days before I’m kicked out. 🙂