Want control over your energy usage? SunPower and EnergyLink are the answer to those questionable utility bills.
When you pay your energy bill every month, have you ever taken the time out to read through your meter recordings to get a better understanding of your usage? Have you ever wondered why you’re paying money for an estimated reading versus what you’re actual usage is? Did you know that you must pay the bill whether it was based on an actual or estimated reading? Frustrating, isn’t it? Now is the time to consider taking control of your utility bills. How? By investing in solar. Not only will you save a significant amount of money by going solar, you will also gain access to tools that will give you, in real time, info on how much energy you use and how much energy you create.
When it comes to paying utility bills, customers generally like to pay what they owe – no more and no less. Some customers become frustrated when their bill is estimated. A high estimated bill usually results in overpayment, while a low estimate often requires a large “catch up” bill later. SunPower solar panels completely eliminate this monthly gamble with your utility bill. As we discussed in solar panel basics, if your home is using more energy than your solar power system is producing, you will pull energy from the utility grid, meaning you will always have energy. Extra energy generated during the day flows back into the grid and is used elsewhere through a process called net metering. In this instance, the homeowner receives credit for what is produced, thereby lowering the electric bill.
One of the tools you’ll get with a SunPower system is the EnergyLink Ecosystem. EnergyLink provides real time insight into your solar panel system, from energy usage to energy created. It also gives you the power to control all of your settings. The best part? It requires no special equipment. All you need is a computer or mobile device to monitor your energy production and consumption. All of the information is literally in the palm of your hand.
Perhaps one of the most beneficial perks of EnergyLink is the communication it allows you with your SunPower dealer; the technology is so smart that not only is it always monitoring your system and its function, should a problem arise, it will contact your SunPower dealer directly to make sure you stay up and running.
Considering that many utility companies are now charging monthly subscription fees for consumption monitoring, it can often feel like you’re getting robbed when you’re already paying for estimated rates that don’t accurately reflect your usage.
We know that installing solar will reduce your environmental footprint substantially, and of equal importance, it will reduce your financial exposure to rising energy prices and put you, rather than your utility company, in control of your energy with the help of EnergyLink.
Let’s talk about taking control of your energy usage today.