By Theodosia Wade, Former Sustainable Newton Board Member
In March 2019, my husband Billy and I installed 12 solar panels on our roof as part of the Solarize Newton Morgan campaign. We were super excited to to reduce our carbon footprint, become a little more energy independent, and save money. Not only did the solarize campaign allow us to get better pricing on installation and materials, but it also did the leg work of choosing a reputable solar installer. We worked with folks who had already gone solar and others like us who were adding solar for the first time. It was a great experience.
Fast forward to today and we can look at the numbers to see how much electricity we're using and how much money we have saved over the last 2+ years.
You can see from the graph above that our electricity use from GA Power has gone down since our installation in March 2019 from a peak of 14,351 kilowatt hours (kWh) in 2018 to 9,527 kWh in 2020, even though our last few years have been some of the hottest years on record.
Again, the numbers look great for the amount of money we have spent on our electric bills from Georgia Power. We dropped from $1,699.77 in 2018 to $1,128.49 in 2020.
Several things have increased our savings.
Sustainable Newton recently did an update on rooftop solar, which you can view below.
Going solar has been a great experience for us and I would be happy to speak with anyone wanting more information. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 770-317-4862.