Reuters: Green Business News

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Solar Power

My dream is to become self sufficient by using solar power energy. I have researched and have found the benefits to be far more than the drawbacks. But wait…there are NO drawbacks. There are only benefits to using solar panels to power your home. I don’t know of any disadvantages to using solar power energy. I only know of the great benefits to saving money while saving the planet and the future effects if we don’t start using the power of the sun as opposed to damaging the earth and ultimately the sun itself.

So where does one start? Well, I started to look around my local area to see what it would cost to install some solar panels on my average size house. The absolute lowest price I could find was $ 20,000!!! Yes, let me spell it out, T-W-E-N-T-Y T-H-O-U-S-A-N-D D-O-L-L-A-R-S. What!? To save money, the planet and to do the right thing, that everyone else is telling me to do, is going to put me in the hole for 20 thousand? Well hold on a minute. They told me I could get a great tax credit. Nice, but I don’t have 20,000 dollars lying around. I would have to see if I have enough equity in my house to get a second mortgage. So let me look at this, I have to spend 20,000 to save money in the future. Umm…I thought there must be a better, cheaper way. So I went online to do some more research and low and behold I found a much better and inexpensive way to getting solar panels without spending thousands of dollars. In fact, saving me over 19,000 dollars!! This is where I went