I am always looking for ways to save a little money. Last year we we moved into a new home specifically with the plan to save money on our mortgage payment as well as on our real estate taxes. Every week I cut coupons and plan my run to the grocery store with the sales flyer in hand- just so I can save 25-30% off of my grocery bill. When I get my hair cut- I take care of the blow dry myself to save a few bucks. And today, during picture day at school- my kids won't be ordering any expensive photo packages. We actually skip ordering school photos and instead do our own photo shoot at home here in the fall- getting much better shots and saving a bundle in the process!
Finding easy everyday ways to save money isn't hard or time-consuming… but it does take commitment to the task (hey- it's a lot easier to write a check for $35 for school photos than to wrangle my kids into cooperating for a home photo shoot!).
The house we moved into last December is a contemporary Adirondack lodge-style home, with this cool angled roof line. And literally since the moment we decided to buy this house, my husband and I have talked about fitting it with solar panels as a way to generate clean, green energy for our home, and as a way to shave some money off of our monthly electric bill. But what keeps holding us back… is making the initial investment. Without having spent too much time digging too much into the details, we think that installing the panels will run $20-$30,000. Which is way more than we want to invest right now. After all, we've got six kids who continue to inch their way towards their college years!
But then I had the chance to learn about Sunrun, a solar service company that also offers leasing options. For little to no upfront costs- they come in and install your solar panels for you. Then they maintain them and make sure they keep on working for you. You then pay a low monthly rate for your electricity- locked in for 20 years- and they claim that it is considerably lower than the rate you are paying your utility company today.
“image courtesy of Sunrun
Of course- you'll want them to come out and give you a quote to see if this all measures up the way I describe in your own neighborhood. But I have to say- I am rather intrigued!
Panels on the roof that I didn't have to pay for upfront? That sure sounds like it could be an easy everyday way to save money!
And in case you want to hear about Sunrun solar system from a couple of pros…. how about the Scott Brothers (“The Property Brothers” from HGTV!):
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.