Learn how to save money on your utility bills
Original post made on Sep 4, 2012
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on Sep 4, 2012 at 8:33 am
People who live in family sized houses, typical for Danville, are forced to pay nearly triple the price for electricity than what everyone else in the U.S. pays.
The typical U.S. household uses 908kWh of electricity per month, paying 12¢/kWh. Many pay a lot less than that.
In Danville, we pay around 12¢/kWh for the first 300 kWh, but then the price quickly rises to 33.5¢/kWh for amounts used above that baseline.
So, even though a Danville family might use much less electricity than families in the rest of the country, we are forced to pay almost triple the price that everyone else pays.
It's no coincidence the state of California has set the price at 33¢/kWh. That's because the price of residential solar is around 22¢/kWh (after factoring in . California has deliberately set the price of residential electricity at 33¢/kWh to encourage people to install solar panels.
Solar is five times as expensive as electricity from natural gas. PG&E can make electricity for about 5¢/kWh using natural gas. Yet they charge families 33¢/kWh, a 650% mark up.
on Sep 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm
We're getting bombarded by people pushing solar panel leases door-to-door. So much so, that I am about to get a no solicitors sign!
I do wonder though, if anyone has tried this, and what their experience has been.
Spwtc, you seem to know a bit about this stuff. Do you have any thoughts? Anyone else?
on Sep 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Part of what keeps the cost of energy sources like natural gas and oil cheaper, relative to clean energy sources, are the massive tax subsidies that the federal government provides. Plus the cost externalities of burning oil, gas and coal (pollutants, greenhouse gases, etc.) are still not fully reflected in the price of those energy sources. So, your price comparisons are not as accurate as you may think.
BTW, Debra, for the relatively small investment that I made in (owned) rooftop solar panels to heat my pool, I'm getting clean energy, full heating to 80 degrees of the pool throughout the swimming season, and cost savings off my PG&E bill.