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No power bill in three years: How solar power can save you money

Chris Bird, owner of Rehome a company that will design and install a solar system, raises a solar panel to Sherman and Cindy Embrees roof last week.
Chris Bird, owner of Rehome a company that will design and install a solar system, raises a solar panel to Sherman and Cindy Embrees roof last week.

One local couple has cut their power bill in half, others are completely bill free.

Sherman and Cindy Embree have crossed off a big item off of their bucket list.

They just got their house equipped with solar power.

There are 22 panels neatly lined up on their Sable River home, each producing 315 watts of power from the sun – totaling 7,400 kilowatts using enhanced net metering to feed power into the grid.

“We care about the environment,” said Cindy.  “We wanted to do something instead of just talk about it.”

It should take about 10 years to pay back for the system and installation.

She said there was a great feeling of excitement once the panels were installed.

“If feels like your doing something positive,” she said.

“The great thing is that it’s available in our area,” said Sherman.

Chris Bird, owner of Rehouse, has conducting solar installs in residential homes for the past couple of years.

His business focuses on environmentally responsible construction including solar builds and timberframe construction.

“I started with my own,” said Bird.

He said the cost of solar panels is going down all the time and becoming more affordable for the average family.

He said one of the great things about net metering is the low maintenance.

“You don’t have to monitor it,” said Bird.  “It’s up there silently doing what it’s supposed to do.”

He said often bigger systems would give a faster payback giving more bang for your buck.

“We haven’t had a power bill in three years,” said Bird.  “I like not having a power bill a lot.”

 

Go online: Learn more at http://www.rehouse.ca/

 

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