Now is not the time to bother me. And it's always now. Wiley Miller
My electricity bill for my small 30 seat restaurant is $3,700 for 3 months! Gas is $180 per week!
There are many people who claim to be good cooks; just as there are many people who, after having repainted the garden gate take themselves to be painters.
I'll get you all mad! my electric bill for all of 2012 came in around 68.00. Have a 4KW solar array on the roof. On sunny days I make more than I use.
Here in California, if you can afford the up front costs, you'll see negligible electricity bills if you go solar. According to my very good friend who went solar and, even during the summer, with a 2500 sq. ft. or so home, AC, and lots of other electricity use, he pays less than $20 a month.
With our warm winter, I wonder if he's making money right now. Bastard.
"Don't you know who he is?"
How much did he pay for the solar? Don't see how you can't factor that into the equation. Sure, $20/ mo now for bills, but what did the upfront costs average out to per month for 20 years? You really need to look at the full picture.
David (WildBoar's Kitchen)
i've calculated the costs here locally and for how long before you actually see profits.... from the prices i got from here, you're only gonna make money for pretty much after 30 years. and that's if the power companies actually pay you back. out here, they wouldn't. so you have to include that as well.How much did he pay for the solar? Don't see how you can't factor that into the equation. Sure, $20/ mo now for bills, but what did the upfront costs average out to per month for 20 years? You really need to look at the full picture.
yeah so the upfront costs are quite large. but if you don't consume as much power. it may work out well for you.
but from an emergency power stand point, solar sounds like a good idea. whenever a super typhoon hits my country, the power lines get cut and restoration takes a 5-10 days. and when that happens, you start getting pretty antsy for your basic needs such as refrigeration, water and gas.
using rough numbers , after an California instant rebate & Fed Tax credits, my 4 KW grid spec'd out @ 21K and change. Dividing by
the difference between my before & after bills. my break-even point is a bit over 7 yrs. after that I'm net positive.