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Heat wave vs. solar power: Who wins?

By August 9, 2016 No Comments

Do you cringe every summer when you have to open your utility bill and read the astronomical amount due? Did you get your July energy bill yet? Did it make you silently weep?

Of course, summer is one of the best seasons, what with all the outdoor time and longer days, but with that comes more energy being used to keep heat stroke at bay, and with that comes the pressure on your pocketbooks.

And 2016? Forget about it. This summer has been the longest stretch of 95+ degree weather that Utah has had in over 30 years. And that means your A/C units have definitely been working overtime, putting a strain on your kWh usage.

KSL.com spoke with Kelly Curtis, Director of Operations at Solaroo Energy to discuss a few things that the typical homeowner doesn’t know about their energy bill and how you can get some relief.

Comparing energy bills

Mr. Curtis starts by explaining, “The average Utah household uses approximately 1,000 kilowatts per hour per month. This is based on a home with around 2,500 square feet, with an average use of appliances and five people living the in the home.”

However, there is something you may not have paid attention to before. Mr. Curtis compared a couple of old energy bills. “Here is a winter bill, and here is a summer bill. Notice during the winter you have two tiers of pricing; approximately $.08 per kWh up to 400 and then after that your average is $.10. Now let’s look at summer. It starts out like the winter pricing, averaging $.089 per kWh, jumps to $.115 per Kwh up to 600 and then all the way up to $.145 per kWh after the 600.”

So now taking a look at your energy bill these past few months, are you feeling the pain yet? Air conditioners can be 60-70 percent of your usage, so it’s no wonder that Utahans are paying almost double what they paid for last year around this time. The heat wave is choking all the fun out of summer, with all of your money paying the utility bill.

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Benefits of solar

Sure, that extra usage equates to increased pressure on the grid and increased manpower to ensure no major catastrophes, but when you compare these extra costs to the solar world, one could get a little jealous of our friends who have already made the switch.

“When you break down the payment for a homeowner with a solar system installed, over an average of 25 years, that homeowner only pays between $.05 and $.07 per kWh. To make it even better, that cost is fixed, so no matter what the weather looks like, you already know how much you are paying. No tiered rating system, no price increase; just one price you can count on the entire year that amounts to a lot of savings,” explains Mr. Curtis.

He continues, “If you need a break from your extremely high energy bills, now is the time to consider solar for your home. You can still take advantage of the tax credits that the government offers for 2016, and next summer, come rain or shine you’ll be enjoying extremely low energy bills each month.”