We’ve had solar on our roof for 5 years now. That’s 5 years of an electric bill of only the connection fee to our utility company (approximately $15/month.) We drive an EV and are still producing more energy than we use. That excess energy goes back out onto the grid and our utility company sells it to our neighbors. We get 100% credit for that energy due to Net Metering. We don’t have any kind of solar energy storage (battery.) Our utility acts as our battery bank, giving us the credits for the power our solar produces that we are not using. We use those credits when the sun isn’t shining. Our utility company allows us to roll those credits over month to month, and year to year.
If most homes in Colorado switched to solar energy, there would be a number of positive consequences.
- Reduced reliance on fossil fuels. Solar energy is a clean, renewable source of energy that does not produce any emissions. This means that if more homes in Colorado switched to solar energy, we would be reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, which are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.
- Improved air quality. Burning fossil fuels releases pollutants into the air, which can contribute to smog and other air quality problems. If more homes in Colorado switched to solar energy, we would be improving air quality and reducing the risk of respiratory problems.
- Economic benefits. The solar industry is a growing sector of the economy, and it is creating jobs in Colorado. If more homes in Colorado switched to solar energy, we would be supporting this growing industry and creating more jobs.
- Reduced energy costs. Solar panels can generate electricity for your home, which can reduce your reliance on the grid and your energy bills. If more homes in Colorado switched to solar energy, we would be saving money on our energy bills.
- Increased energy independence. Solar panels can help you become more energy independent. This means that you will not be as reliant on the grid and will have more control over your energy costs.
Overall, there would be a number of positive consequences if most homes in Colorado switched to solar energy. It is a clean, renewable source of energy that can help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, improve air quality, and create jobs.