The Charltons investigated switching to alternative energy so that they could move towards using cleaner energy, save money and teach their children about alternative energy. They considered solar, geothermal and natural gas options and chose solar as they found it would be the best return on their investment.
Address: 3104 W Lake Road, Skaneateles
House Area: 2500 square feet
Property Area: 1.3 acres
House Built: 1951
System Upgrade: 46 photovoltaic Units place on their home and garage roofs.
Date of Installation: Began installation in September 2012 and became fully operational December 2012.
Installer: Astrum Solar
Financial Terms: The system is leased. 20 years, prepaid for $11,000. They will receive 30% state credit off the $11,000 they paid.
Energy Bills before and after: Average energy bill prior to installing their system was $165/month. Now pay $17/month (the cost to remain on the grid) and are saving $150/month on their electricity bill.