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FEATURE NEWS

GOING SOLAR:
Tour of solar homes in Snohomish County and throughout Western Washington
is this weekend

October 01, 2011




A home in Snohomish on the tour that has gone partially solar for some of its energy needs. CLICK TO ENLARGE


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(MONROE, WA) -- With energy costs going up virtually every year, many Americans who never gave solar or wind power much thought are now projecting those “regular” energy source cost increases out into their future and saying to themselves maybe it makes sense to get into solar now at least for some of their energy needs.

The attraction? Once the cost of getting into solar electricity generation is amortized over time, and taking into account on-going price inflation of oil, coal and gas, a homeowner reaches a break-over point where he or she is getting free, clean energy from the sun and will usually see a net savings on annual energy costs.

Some folks don’t even consider the up front costs of solar much of a cost at all, preferring to look at it as an investment -- the price of being responsible energy users (and conservers) while enjoying a low or lower carbon footprint on the planet.

A possible bonus for the homeowner in the future might be a higher selling price for their home should they decide to sell at a time in the future when standard energy costs are much higher than they are now.

If you’d like to learn how Snohomish County PUD customers are generating electricity by tapping the energy from the sun you can do so during the PUD-sponsored Snohomish County Solar Homes Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 1.

The self-guided tour features more than a dozen homes in communities throughout Snohomish County. There is no fee to visit the homes and you can find a complete list of the homes on the tour (along with maps) here

There are solar homes to see homes in Snohomish, Everett, Mountlake Terrace, Lake Stevens, Bothell, Camano Island, Arlington and other locations in the county.

You can also visit the PUD’s Solar Information website here for locations of all the homes in Western Washington that are part of the solar tour as well as find the latest information on solar energy and going solar.

The PUD’s Solar Express program provides cash incentives for customers who want to install solar photovoltaic or solar hot water systems in their home or business.

Solar energy is a largely untapped source of renewable energy in Western Washington. With a photovoltaic system, a PUD customer can generate clean, green, renewable energy. Installing photovoltaic and solar hot water systems are ways that PUD customers can lead the way in using local renewable energy in Snohomish County and help the PUD meet the energy needs of the next generation.

CLICK THE PDF FILE to upper right to find examples of going solar in your home for $200 a month.

To support the installation of solar electric and hot water systems in its service territory the PUD offers free workshops and expert advice, cash incentives or low-interest loans, Washington State Production Incentive assistance and a list of PUD-registered Solar Installers.



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