ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Utility bills make up a significant portion of any household budget – and in our region, already- high electricity rates are only projected to keep rising.
In fact, many customers of Orange and Rockland utilities have recently seen their monthly gas and electric bills increase by nearly $12 on average, under a rate plan approved by the state Public Service Commission.
However, there is a way to not only put the brakes on those increases, but even reverse them. By harnessing the power of sunlight – an abundant renewable resource – you can reduce your reliance on the energy supplied by your public utility, while helping the environment and saving money.
That’s due to several factors. Firstly, once you install a solar power system, the cost of your solar energy will be fixed for the life of the system – no more increases. And considering the fact that a solar system is typically expected to last between 30-35 years, the amount saved over that time will be substantial.
Secondly, your solar panels will contribute to your household energy supply, reducing the amount you purchase from the utility whenever the sun is shining on your solar panels. And third, your system may generate more power than your home can consume. So not only will you protect yourself against rising rates and purchase less power, but you may actually turn the electric meter backwards. In other words, the roles can be reversed -- so you supply the power and the utility pays you!
To learn how the sun's rays are converted into energy, view this helpful infographic from Sunrise Solar Solutions.
Savings can be significant. In fact, Sunrise Solar Solutions , the largest locally owned and operated solar company in the Hudson Valley, just surpassed the important milestone saving 4 billion watts of energy costs for its customers. That’s billion with a “B!”