Getting our solar panels turned on via Direct Energy Solar and our current energy production.
The waiting time from inspection to electric company approval for us was "up to 15 business days" which went by very slow it seems, but the electric company ended up coming out around 13 business days in to finally give us approval (or that's when they sent the email to let me know we were good to go). I do wish this part had been faster. Regardless, it's so exciting to see our energy production, even though it's been gloomy out recently so I imagine I'll REALLY get excited once the weather gets nicer... soooo sooooo long from now. Haha. I shouldn't complain, it was 68*F the other day, despite being dark out! I just miss the sunshine so much when it's gone.
Here's our production so far... we didn't turn on the panels until the 26th at the end of the day.
Right now, we're also trying to pursue other ways to save on electricity, even though we've got solar. I recently saw this post about a cheap fix for lowering our electric bill so I purchased this set of outlet sealers. It was affordable enough that I felt it was worth a shot! We are also looking at automated lighting and an automated thermostat.
Please check out my first post for our reasons for going solar, as well as my post about the installation process and pictures of our system. If you decide that you're interested in solar power, I'd highly recommend Direct Energy Solar (previously Astrum when we purchased). If you let them know that I (Danielle Pientka) referred you, both of us get get a financial incentive when you sign up... as of May 2015 it's $500 each but it can change.
This is not a sponsored post and I'm not receiving any incentive to write this post, beyond the referral fee if you chose to sign up. I am writing this post because I think it's interesting and fun and I want to interest others in solar power. I do have an affiliate link for Amazon (see below disclosure).
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