How to Achieve Clean Energy Independence in 2021

By February 2, 2021 Residential Solar

Electric Bills in the U.S are at All-time Highs


The evidence of climate change is clear and the move toward renewable energy races ahead faster than ever.  Additionally there’s a simpler, more tangible motivation to embrace clean energy solutions. Money.   You care about the health of the planet but we’re quite sure you also care about saving money. Whether you’re a Tesla-driving, Sierra Clubbing, recycling machine, or someone who prefers a high-octane V8 and gasoline, solar satisfies the universal desire to save money!


Get Your Utility Company Out of Your Pockets 


Unfortunately we accepted the idea that our monthly utility bill – $100, $200, $300 or more – goes to a provider whose sole purpose is to serve our basic need for the gas and electricity that make everyday life comfortable.  We’ve accepted that the utility companies powering our homes serve our best interests.  We’ve taken it for granted that they charge us just enough to cover their operational costs. We have trusted that similar to our police and firefighters, they’re working in our best interest to provide warmth, safety, and peace of mind. Not so much.



Electric Bills Will Continue Getting More Expensive


Electricity rates in the United States have sky-rocketed 30% in the last 20 years. They will continue to soar higher than ever before.  Investor-owned utilities sell gas and electricity at rates that drive big dividends for their shareholders. While rates are regulated by regional commissions, electric bills in the U.S are at all-time highs.  Not only that but, as a way to de-incentivize use of home heat, AC, appliances, and lighting, you pay more per kilowatt-hour as your consumption increases.  Worse yet, they hike prices during peak demand, like summertime when you’re trying to keep your home cool. Whether you’re an eco-warrior or not, solar makes complete economic sense!




You’re Always Consuming Electricity 


When you turn out the lights, adjust the thermostat, and shut the front door behind you, your home continues to consume energy. Your refrigerator is running, your hot water heater is heating, and your PC is humming away consuming kilowatt-hours. It wouldn’t matter if you disappeared for a month, there will be a utility bill in your mailbox when you get home. Like death and taxes, you can count on it!  You’re constantly consuming and that’s all you’re doing.  But, what if you can be producing as well as consuming?  Now that’s an opportunity to seize…


You’re constantly consuming and paying for energy.

You could be producing your own renewable energy and sell the excess back to your utility company!


To see if your home is a good candidate to use solar power instead of utility power get in touch with ZenSolar today. Visit https://zen.solar/contact.


It’s the Right Time to Switch to Solar


When you go solar you generate your own energy. For homes that qualify, incorporating solar panels don’t even carry an upfront cost!  If you’re generating all of your own power your utility company does not charge you.  If you have charges, you’re  billed only for the power your solar panels don’t offset. Best of all, with a solar home energy system, you’ll never see a rate increase, which utility companies routinely impose and is as predictable as the sun rising in the East.


Your Path to Energy Independence…

  1. Get your solar panels installed for $0 upfront cost.
  2. From day-1, you begin offsetting or erasing the monthly charges from your utility provider.
  3. Once your solar system is paid for, you could be completely energy independent!


In one year, the average home uses about 11,000-kilowatt-hours (kWh) at about 14 cents per kWh. That’s about $1,500 on electricity alone. Plus, next year your utility company is bound to increase rates. But, when you generate your own energy with a rooftop solar system, you no longer need to deal with variable utility rates. 


Monthly Savings Scenario

Current Electricity Bill = ($150)

Solar System 6 kW/$14,500 financed = ($60) 

Electric not offset by Solar = ($90)

Savings Years 1-6 = $6,480

Savings Years 6+ = $20,520




The only costs associated with a solar system are the installation which will run $15K-$25K for the average U.S. single-family home. Keep in mind, you recoup that investment starting day one and depending on your financing terms, the system is paid off in a few years.  Your monthly loan payment combined with greatly reduced or eliminated conventional utility bills may very well be under that which you had paid for electricity alone.


$0 Upfront Costs. No Brainer!


Today, there are tremendous incentives to go solar.  Lenders that specialize in energy-efficient home improvements offer very low-interest rates with no upfront costs.  Additionally, a 26% Federal tax credit is currently available. This is why going solar is a no brainer!

To see if your home is a good candidate to use solar power instead of utility power get in touch with ZenSolar today. Visit https://zen.solar/.