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Category Archives: Energy Economics

Be Cool – Install an Awning!

May 12, 2017

If you’ve been reading this week’s blog series on Ductless Mini-Splits, I hope you’re convinced Mini-Splits are the way to go. But maybe they’re just not right for you due to timing, needs or money. There are other ways you can decrease your home’s cooling requirements to save money, help the Earth and be more…  Read the entire post »

Ductless Mini-Split Efficiency

May 11, 2017

(This is the third in a series of three mini-split articles I’m posting this week.) I conclude my series on Ductless Mini-Splits with a quick word on efficiency. It’s the high efficiency of Mini-Splits that helps the planet — you’re using less power to cool your home. And if you power your Mini-Splits with solar,…  Read the entire post »

New Solar Incentive Prices in Rhode Island

March 27, 2017

The payments new solar owners get through the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Growth (REG) program change on April 1. (Need background on the “REG” program? Click here to read my article explaining the REG and the REF Grant.) Note that prices do not change if you are already enrolled in the program; you continue to…  Read the entire post »

Alternative Electricity Suppliers Explained

March 24, 2017

Most people interested in solar are also interested in lowering their electric bills. Changing your “supplier” can sometimes help do this, but you need to be informed. This Boston Globe article gives you the scoop — things to watch out for, and resources to help you get started if you want to switch to a…  Read the entire post »

Happy House-Hunting?

October 2, 2015

Since I last wrote about the impact of leased vs. purchased solar on home sales, more anecdotal evidence has emerged about just how difficult leased systems are making it for homeowners to sell their properties. For the record, I’m not totally anti-lease. For people who want a slight reduction in their electric bill while doing right…  Read the entire post »

Is a Solar Lease an Asset or Liability When Selling Your Home?

July 21, 2014

Is it better to buy or lease a solar electric system for your home? I think the solar industry has room for both models, just like the car industry does. Still, the debate rages on, fueled by new information about the pros and cons of leasing, and of purchasing, which are just coming to light…  Read the entire post »

Are Solar Leasing Companies Gouging the Market?

April 21, 2014

Or, Why You Should Care What Solar Leasing Companies Charge Solar leasing companies have helped many consumers get solar on their roofs and reduce their electric bills without actually buying the solar energy systems and incurring those costs. Sounds good, right? But of late, leasing companies like SolarCity are coming under fire. (Read this informative…  Read the entire post »

The Costs and Benefits of Various Solar Ownership Models

May 30, 2013

Ways to pay for solar electric systems have increased along with solar’s popularity. It can get confusing, so here’s my attempt to make sense of the different ownership models. We offer/work with all these options, so I am not pushing one over another. The right model is the one that works with your financial means…  Read the entire post »

The Number 1 Way to Save on Solar!

June 19, 2012

Are you considering solar for your home or business? Would you like to save a lot of money? Here’s how…. Conservation Yes, you’ve heard it before. Cut back on your electricity usage. Why such a big deal? Here’s why…. Solar arrays are not cheap. But it’s relatively easy to make them cost less. Simply reduce…  Read the entire post »

Lowering my Energy Use: Where is it going now?

May 31, 2011

I recently had an energy audit done by a company who shall remain nameless (their service after the audit has been embarrassing). Despite their post-visit incompetence, I did learn a few things, and I started a project to evaluate where my energy goes. Here’s a quick summary* [graphic no longer available]: First: Yes I am…  Read the entire post »