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New Google tool shows you how much money you'll save by going solar

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  • Johnny Triumph Ibapah, UT
    March 21, 2017 2:01 p.m.

    @sammyg - i agree but what about the benefits when the power is out?

  • misanthrope sl, UT
    March 21, 2017 10:55 a.m.

    And the cost to your neighbors who are subsidizing you is what?

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    March 21, 2017 7:57 a.m.

    Upgrading older appliances, air conditioning, adding insulation, converting to LED lighting, etc. makes more sense than solar!

  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    March 20, 2017 2:40 p.m.

    What a disappointment! I ran the calculator just to see how my house would stack up and it said that I could realize a $2,000 savings over a 20 year lease. That translates into $8.33 savings a month. For all of the hype being thrown around, I was really hoping for some significant savings but, apparently, it just ain't so.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    March 20, 2017 11:53 a.m.

    The "savings" only start AFTER the cost of the system has been recovered. That takes about 15 years. After that, the savings can be good, but the system does not have a life time warranty. I think the life expectancy is about 20 to 25 years, and during that time there is a diminishing affect, meaning that the solar panels become less efficient over time. The solar panel industry is doing a great job of selling the sizzle, but they aren't telling the whole story. Buyer beware.