Reduce Energy Costs with Solar Power

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The ability to reduce energy costs with solar power is becoming a reality. This is a sponsored post through Markerly and SunPower, but all opinions are my own. Solar power is starting to become more available and it’s really exciting. What once seemed like a futuristic dream is now starting to become more attainable. It’s actually taking off a lot quicker than I realized. The Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that a solar power system is installed in the US every 3.2 seconds.

Obviously a huge plus to using solar power is to reduce energy costs, but there are many other benefits, as well.

  • Purchasing a solar power system could make you eligible for a 30% federal Investment Tax Credit, as well as state and local incentives.
  • Not only can it reduce energy costs, but it can also act as a hedge on rising utility rates.
  • Reduces your household’s carbon footprint by relying less on fossil fuels.
  • Studies have shown that a solar power system may increase the value of your home.
  • Most states have net energy metering programs that allow homeowners to receive a financial credit from their utility company for the excess solar power they export to the grid.
  • With a solar power system on their roof, electric vehicle owners can offset the increased electricity costs with emission-free fuel from the sun.
  • Little to no maintenance. You don’t even have to turn your system on – the sun does that for you.
  • Loan and lease options are available when purchasing solar systems.
  • Solar is one of the fastest growing industries in America. There are almost 150,000 U.S. solar jobs today.

SunPower Solar Panels

Not all solar panels are created equally. SunPower promises to have the most efficient panels on the market. This means that your system would require fewer panels and take up less space. SunPower’s Maxeon® solar cells are fundamentally different from cells used in conventional solar panels, resulting in superior performance, reliability, quality, and aesthetics. The company has been in business for nearly 30 years, and has installed more than 4.5 gigawatts of solar around the world. That is enough to power Paris, France for a whole year! They offer a 25 year power and product warranty, which means your panels are guaranteed to generate more power over their lifetime than conventional panels.

All of this info is making me want to move more than I already did. Either that or I hope they make their way to the Chicagoland area soon! Right now residents of California, New York, Colorado, Hawaii, or Arizona can look into installing SunPower solar panels to help reduce energy costs.


ONE Grand Prize Winner will win a 3kW solar power system (including installation) for their home. The Grand Prize is valued at $16,500! Sweepstakes eligibility is limited to those who own a solar-suitable home within the state of California, New York, Hawaii, Arizona, or Colorado. Find out more about the sweepstakes here.

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How much would you love to reduce energy costs with solar power?

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    My husband and I have talked about going solar for a while. We don’t have a lot of sunlight in our yard, though, so I am not sure if it would work for us.

  2. Solar energy would save me a ton of money here in Arizona! How cool that it also makes you applicable for Tax Credits!

  3. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos says:

    There definitely is a lot of benefits to reducing the energy used by the home. I notice that a lot of new homes are built with a lot of these – good to see!

  4. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I have noticed quite a few solar panels popping up around the city. I would love to cut my energy bill using the power of the sun.

  5. We’ve been mulling over the idea of putting solar panels on our roof. It would save us a ton of money.

  6. Bri Radke says:

    Solar panels are a great way to save money. In some areas if you have any extra power from your panels you can sell it back to the power company.

  7. I can’t wait until we can buy a house. Our greenhouse is going to have solar panels on it so we can plant more veggies and herbs all year around instead of partial year.

  8. My husband and I were actually thinking of doing this! Here is Vegas it would make such a huge difference!

  9. I think this is such an awesome idea! I wish we could make this happen by us easier.

  10. Dee Mauser says:

    Man I wish we had already moved to Florida because I really want to look into getting solar panels. Now I will miss out on this awesome giveaway. Poo!

  11. I’m so glad to see solar energy is growing! Sustainable energy is incredibly important.

  12. Jen Temcio @dapperhouse says:

    I think solar is a good idea. We had it in our childhood home, but I dont see it very often now. Certainly a good investment.

  13. Lisa Bristol says:

    I would love to have solar panels. I have a solar hot water tank. I would love to have a Solar farm.

  14. Marina @ MommySnippets says:

    Oh now that’s nice! I love the little to no maintenance part too. I would think i’d be HARDER to live this way, but it looks much easier instead.

  15. Hubby wants those so badly. HA! A lot of newer homes are being built with them now, which is cool. We have been saving up and hope to get them soon.

  16. Ive been looking into solor panels. Our neighbors say they pay for themself in time. hmmm.

  17. Tales Of A Ranting Ginger says:

    What a great contest. I wish it was open to Canadians as I am very interested. Thanks for sharing.

  18. HOLY WOW that is EXPENSIVE! Sure doesn’t make it easy for the average joe to upgrade to solar power.

  19. Aimee Smith says:

    We talked about this when we moved to Arizona. If we were going to be here permanently it would be a no brainer! Such huge savings!

  20. Solar panels are going up everywhere out here in the desert. We have a lot of sun lol! We might go solar some day…

  21. Amber Louise Edwards says:

    Many attest to solar panels. I thought about it too.

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