dogman wrote:I agree, the cost of the panels is what makes other ways of spending money to be green a better way to go. For example, change to led light bulbs, get a more efficient fridge, insulate, or more efficient AC or Heater for the house.
In today's dollars a solar panel installation would be a better financial deal than switching to LED bulbs. LEDs are more efficient incertain applications
when you look at lumens/watt but at a much
higher cost. I can buy a 12 watt CFL at Home Depot for less than $1 in CT due to incentives. A 60W LED replacement at Amazon, cheaper than Home Depot, is $28.20. The LED bulb consumes less power but it will take many years of average use you pay for the $27.20 difference.Edit: I just took a closer look at the Amazon LED bulb that is a 60W "replacement" ... it only puts out 300 lumens, that's less than a 40W incandescent!
Solar installations get you a 30% tax break from the feds and in some states up to $2 per installed watt back from your government. I have a college buddy that installs solar systems in NY state and due to all the grants/tax breaks the installations are making money in about 2.5 years. That's a great investment.
I'm trying to do a solar installation on my home and at work. Not because I'm a "green" person but because it makes fiscal sense. Power costs aren't coming down, solar is a good hedge against future costs.
Insulation is also a great investment since our local gas company will pay 75% of the cost up to $2,000.
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