Albany Household Helps Real Goods Solar Debunk Solar Myth #33

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Earlier this year, Real Goods Solar released its book "87 Solar Myths: Busted or Confirmed" to help homeowners get the truth about reliable, affordable solar energy. Bob Hughes, of Albany, N.Y., lives in a 2,200-square-foot colonial with his wife and children, and they're realizing the savings FAST.

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Solar Myth #33: The Cost Savings of Solar are Not Worth the Hassle. Enter Bob Hughes, who lives with his wife (and a few weekenders) in a 2,200-square-foot colonial in Albany, N.Y.

Although Bob and his wife are empty nesters, the kids didn’t go far. They’re back every Saturday with massive loads of laundry – so the washer and dryer are running all weekend. Take into consideration other electric appliances with huge draw: refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, heaters. Then you have the rest: high-def televisions, electronic gadgets charging all day every day it seems, lights, hair dryers. The list goes on.

Myth #33 is from the Real Goods Solar eBook 87 Solar Myths, which confirms or busts the many myths of solar energy, from short term financial gains/losses to where the most installations are completed.

Given the rising electricity costs and history of kilowatt usage at their home, it was time for the Hughes’ to look at ways to save money. One might think the upfront investment in solar would be too high and that it could take years to realize savings. Mr. Hughes sees it differently. “I contracted with Real Goods Solar for 6.27kW in September 2011 and I have not paid a single dime to my electricity provider since. Before we converted to solar energy, $250 per month was going right out the door. Now it’s being invested.”

Myth BUSTED! How did that happen for the Hughes’? Well, this family has long been a proponent of alternative energy, but the opportunity never feasibly presented itself. After conducting some research, they found out about the $0 down and amazingly low loan rates available, as well as a variety of NYSERDA and federal benefits. As a matter of fact, they saved over $7,000 upfront on the solar panel installation with cash incentives alone.

“Real Goods Solar helped us find cash incentives and great finance rates. They also provided expert installation and customer service throughout the entire process,” Bob added.

Not only are the cost savings immediately realized, between 5 and 8 years from now, the Hughes Family will be completely independent of the grid – something Bob is looking forward to. “For years, we’ve been sucking up energy and paying out tons of money. It’s great to have a feasible alternative, and one that is also safer for the environment.”

Not only will solar give New Yorkers clean, powerful energy for generations, it will bring thousands of jobs to New York State under the Solar Jobs Act currently in legislation. Governor Cuomo’s NY-Sun initiative brings together existing programs administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to ensure consistency, and it will bring New York State to the forefront of solar research and development.

Since 1978, Real Goods Solar has led the sustainable living market through sales, education, and installation of solar and other renewable energy products.The company has a long history of consulting and working with thousands of customers, governments, educational institutions and industry leaders such as NASA, the White House, Disney, Vatican City, Yale University, Aetna, Timex and CBS.

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