Many homeowners go solar due to the potential to save huge amounts of money by producing their own electricity. Few homeowners, however, consider the potential savings that come with making their homes more energy efficient. In fact, making your home more energy efficient prior to installing solar panels can lead to your home needing a smaller sized solar system. This, in turn, would mean that you wind up saving a lot more money. As an experienced solar company on Long Island, we recommend that homeowners have a professional energy audit conducted prior to installing solar on their home, with the goal of knowing exactly which appliances in their home are consuming the most energy.
Once you have made the investment to install solar panels on your Long Island home, it is important to take necessary steps to protect your solar panels from natural hazards such as pests like squirrels and birds that will nest under your solar array if given the opportunity. In addition to the threat of pests, a solar system also faces challenges related to leaf buildup and falling snow hazards. Greenleaf Solar Long Island’s Solar Company explains the variety of products on the market that are designed specifically to protect your solar system from the natural hazards discussed above.
With the Long Island hurricane season right around the corner, the threat of power outages is a growing concern. And keeping power outages in mind, many homeowners considering solar ask the question, “Will my solar system produce energy when there is a power outage?” With a standard solar system, the classical response to this question is no. However, new technology is making powering your home with solar during a power outage more possible. Traditionally if you have solar when the power goes out, your system will shut down in order to protect both your equipment, as well as the utility workers servicing the power grid during an outage.
When considering installing solar panels on your home, there are a number of factors to take into account to evaluate how well suited your home is for solar. Being that residential solar panels are typically installed on your rooftop, most of the factors that impact the viability of a residential solar installation are directly related to your roof. Some major roof-related factors that impact the viability of a successful residential solar system installation include roof orientation, roof size, roof condition, roof age, roof obstructions and roof shade. It is important to understand that while factors such as roof condition and roof shade impact the viability of a residential rooftop solar installation if your roof is shaded or worn there are steps that can be taken and there are government rebates available to make addressing these issues more cost effective.
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In talking about the cost of residential solar systems, it has become apparent that there is a great deal of misinformation circulating the internet. This guide aims to demystify that misinformation and provide prospective buyers with reliable information about the cost of residential solar on Long Island. When attempting to understand the cost, it is important to understand both where the system costs come from, as well as the government rebates available to offset the total system cost.
The NYSERDA loan is a great option, and thankfully we are one of the few companies on Long Island that are able to offer it. The idea behind this loan is that it allow customers to finance solar for their homes with an affordable fixed interest rate at 3.49%, compared to the other banks that offer solar loans starting at 6.49%. This NYSERDA loan has only a $150 origination fee and has no pre-payment penalties. This loan is most certainly the best loan being offered in the green energy market today.
Vivint Solar is a national solar company that has been under fire for some of their practices. Here at Green Leaf Solar we believe in transparency and want all potential solar energy customers to have the all the information possible. Solar power is still an emerging industry that we feel it’s our mission to educate and protect consumers. In the video that follows you will see some of the pitfalls that occur when you are dealing with solar companies. Always make sure to read every page of any contracts that are submitted to you. We are a proud Long Island Solar Power provider and plan to continue growing with the community.
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The first in a series of public hearings was held in Riverhead Monday evening on PSEG Long Island’s proposed rate hike.
The utility has announced a proposal to raise its delivery charge for customers by about 3.8 or 3.9 percent a year over the next three years.
A Newsday review of the proposal found that the plan would also allow the utility to increase rates beyond that to pay for certain debt, power and storm costs.
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The article “Push to raise rates: PSEG, LIPA want 3-year increase on Long Island” [News, Jan. 30] raises troubling questions about the utility’s intention to serve Long Island or its own corporate interests.
PSEG Long Island’s announcement comes as Long Islanders already pay exorbitant electrical bills.
Now we’re being asked to absorb a 3.8 percent delivery charge increase each year for three years. This includes an increase in the fees the Long Island Power Authority pays to PSEG.
But is that really the only increase customers will pay? The current plan for a delivery charge increase doesn’t even include PSEG Long Island’s Utility 2.0 plan, which the company says is “on a separate track” from the rate increase. Nor does the increase include a new mechanism to recoup costs from customers when electricity sales decline because customers seeking green alternatives to PSEG’s dirty expensive electricity.
Will Long Island ratepayers be asked to pay for more power from PSEG’s New Jersey and Connecticut plants, while the company delays new, clean, efficient capacity to serve Long Island itself? What about our economic development? What about protecting our jobs and tax base?
We are living in a very exciting time when we are seeing the shift from the old monopoly power companies to the clean industry of “solar”. The Power companies have been slowly losing their grip on being able to over charge for the sale of energy, But before we see this complete switch from dirty fossil fuels to Solar the power company is going to bleed their remaining customers for every dime that they can. GreenLeaf Solar we are here to help, we want to bring you back to having control and making decisions about how much you’re going to pay for energy and how you would like to produce it. We are the friendly neighborhood Solar company that have been showing Long Islanders the correct way to go solar and educating them every step of the way. To schedule your free estimate start by calling us at (631) 509-1747 or just stop in at our showroom 1085 Route 112, Port Jefferson Stn. NY 11776.
GreenLeaf Solar will be at Port Jefferson for the Dickens Festival volunteering to help out with the festivities.
We will be located at 101 Main St, Port Jefferson, NY 11777 in front of the Frigate with the Solar Cottage giving away free Hot chocolate brewed from solar power. We will be their Friday 2pm-7pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, and Sunday 10am-5pm to see the full list of events
PSEG Long Island is ending the year with another hike to electric bills.
The utility says it is raising its power supply charge by 14 percent in December. For the consumer, it means an average monthly increase of about $10.50. This is the seventh raise since PSEG has been in power on Long Island!!
The power supply charge is based mostly on natural gas prices. Even though natural gas prices have been decreasing, PSEG says it is projecting they will rise again. Cited from News 12 Long Island.
This is going to be a common occurrence with PSEG because they are a “for profit” company that are losing customers daily to Solar. If this is what they did in their first year what will it look like in their 5th? The rebates are here and so is the phenomenal loan opportunity that we offer. 3.49% interest rate for an up to a 15-year term from NYSERDA. One of the rules of the loan is that your payments have to be less than your average electric bill! There is literally no way to go wrong with this and the average loan is paid off in the 6th year by paying no more than your current electric bill. Make the smart choice for the future of Long Island!!
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