Go Green With Solar Shinngles and Save $$$

April 15, 2010

By Lorraine Cyr

Do you remember the big “boom box” that we use to carry around as kids?  I know I am dating myself but when solar energy first came to the market place the panels where the size of a queen size mattress that was mounted on top of your roof and you need 4 or 5 just to get a small amount of energy.  Now days you can get solar energy in a roof top shingle. 

These systems are called “building-integrated photovoltaics” or BIPV’s which combine solar cells with slate, metal, fiber-cement or asphalt.  Each single will produce between 50 and 200 watts or enough to run a window fan.  When you connect a entire roof you can generate enough electricity to power the whole house.  So when the sun is out you have free power and 39 State allow you to sell unused electricity back to the power companies for a credit.  To really get your money out of a solar powered system you need to make a few changes in your life.  As you go out the door to work turn on the clothes dryer and the dish washer.  In other words plan to use you electricity when the sun is out.

There are both local rebates from your utility company and federal tax credits that will help with the cost of a new solar system.  A new solar shingled roof on a 3000 square foot home will cost about $15,000.  Most families will qualify for about 1/3 of this cost back in rebates and if you finance the balance over 15 years it will cost you about $100 a month.  Where you will see the savings is in the electric bill.  Instead of a $400 air conditioning bill in July you might pay $1.50!


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