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The Cost of Not Going Solar

Oct 28, 2019

When electricity was invented, we never could have imagined exactly what that would mean for our everyday lives. We were using resources we found around us to produce really cool inventions that made our life easier. We didn’t think too far into how we were able to make telephone calls and send information through wires, we just loved the convenience. Life was great!

We slowly started to realize how energy was produced and that these big power plants were harming our nearby bodies of water as well as the very air we breathe. We quickly realized the level of pollution and decided there had to be something done to ensure that we don’t continuously release carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. By choosing convenience over cleanliness, we’ve actually been paying a higher price for our electricity and we don’t even realize it! We’ve been paying the cost of not choosing the best way for sourcing energy from the very beginning and now we have to play catch up. 

Back in 2011, the US average cost of electricity was about $0.12 per kWh with an average monthly usage of 908kWh per month. In 2018, the US average cost of electricity was $13.82; that’s almost a whole 2 cent increase per kilowatt-hour in just 7 years. Just the increase alone cost you about $18 more per month, $200 per year, and a cumulative $1,400 over the past 7 years.

 

Source: Global Energy Institute

 

Now take into consideration if you purchased solar energy in 2011, you would be able to create your own energy from a clean source and even profit off the energy produced in multiple ways. You would not have to deal with their constant increase in rates, but you would also be able to control your own energy. Not only would you save about $1,400 as you didn’t pay the increase, but you would also be not paying your $150 monthly bill for those 7 years which equals about $12,600. Also, you could benefit from many other government programs that allow you to sell energy and capitalize on their own incentives for clean energy production.

Some people were quick to adopt solar panels once they flooded the market, but others still have yet to find the right fit for them. Solar panels are cool, but potentially ruining a beautiful rooftop or having some ugly contraption next to their home was not worth the transition for some. Then came Smartflower, the solar flower that looks like a sunflower and acts like one too! Like the sunflower, Smartflower tracks the sun all day long so it can soak up increasing amounts of energy. It not only results in 40% more power than your traditional fixed solar system but also provides you with an award-winning design that you can proudly display to your community. Plus, with the 2019 Federal Solar Tax Credit program, you can deduct 30% of the cost of installing a Smartflower from your federal taxes! That number goes down to 26% in 2020 though, so you have to act fast before you lose out on that extra 4%.

 

Source: Solar Energy Industries Association

 

Smartflower has expanded the idea of clean energy for those who want solar and we want your help to clean up the oversights we all have made with our energy throughout the years. Let the cost of not going solar be a lesson and let’s teach our future a better way of life! 

 

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