We’re very lucky that we were able to purchase solar panels with our new home purchase. Not a luxury everybody can afford or can they? The math behind solar is pretty amazing. Yes it helps that Schell Brothers has a sister-company, Clean Energy USA, to make the math even more encouraging. With an incentive off the price of the home, the tax rebate, state rebate, the energy you create off-setting the electric you use and the fact that my children have a true hatred of turning off lights, it was a no brainer for us. I’m not going to go into all the ins and outs and the whole number scenario as every home is different depending on the system size etc. But, I love that we made the decision to add solar panels.
In many of my communities I’ve had the pleasure of building, my home owners have added solar panels to their new homes and have loved them. I remember Arch constantly telling me about his negative power bills. If you travel around Coastal Club you will see that enthusiasm of even lower energy bills is abundant. Basically, after the Eco Home discount, the return on investment for solar is between 15-20% . . . so, it’s basically like putting your money in a risk free bond that pays out 15-20% which is an incredible return for something risk-free . . . not to mention, it’s an investment that is good for the environment, increases the resale value of the home, and shows your friends/neighbors that you are doing your part to take care of the environment. It’s always good to remember that your Schell home, with the amazing energy efficiency it already has, doesn’t need as large of a system to offset energy costs compared to other national builders.
In the survey that every homeowner gets at the end of their build with Schell Brothers, I had to compliment Clean Energy USA. The whole process from John Sertich, to Lynn Mox, to the installation crew (too many to all list :)) and the completion with Andrew Abel was seamless. Communication was great from the start until the end. From paperwork to informing me about the form I need to use for my solar credit, the customer care was top notch!
What I love best is the app/website you can use to track the energy you’re producing. It just makes me smile to know my house is making money :). Probably, at the same time, my kids are spending it but in my head it keeps me sane 🙂
I whole-heartedly recommend Clean Energy USA and if you’re interested in solar panels for your new home or existing home, you should contact John Sertich at 302-542-4516 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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