Superstorm Sandy’s Impact On Your Local Utility
Electricity bills have already been on the rise year over year historically, but you may have started to notice it more after Superstorm Sandy if you live on the East Coast. Not only did that horrible storm take over 100 lives, but nearly 8 million homes and businesses were without power and countless more were destroyed.
Many people didn’t just lose power — they lost their homes, leaving many towns completely decimated. Beach town highways suddenly became inlets. Strong winds took down power lines and storm surges from rising seas flooded electric stations. If the storm hit your area and you only lost power and had a few trees fall, you were considered lucky, even if you were in the dark for two weeks with no heat or hot water.
Of course these much needed repairs to the power line and reconstruction came with a hefty price tag — the damages cost around $65 billion. Each individual power company in the area spent millions of dollars to repair the damages and get everyone up and running again. So where does the money come from? Unfortuantely, your pocket. In the aftermath, once the power was back on, utiltiy rates continued to rise.
No longer want to be a part of these rate increases and protect your finances from the inevitable? If your home qualifies for rooftop solar or a ground mount on your property, solar has proven to not only generate cleaner air today and for future generations, but it significantly lowers your monthly bill. Some companies are able to help their customers save up to 40% each month alone, and these prices are protected for the course of your 20 or 25 year solar agreement.
We can help you find the best option for you. Each financial option offered by solar installers either locks you into a set monthly rate that will never change (lease), or slightly fluctuate based on the actual power you produce (power purchase agreements, known as PPAs). Either way, you'll be saving money you otherwise wouldn't.
Other ways solar can help DURING a major power outage, you may ask?
- Solar-powered generators with battery backups (they come in a variety of sizes depending on what you need charged)
- Solar-powered phone and laptop chargers
- Solar-powered lighting
These items are useful for camping, so why not during storm recovery? We recommend charging these items up prior to the storm so that when the power envitably goes out, you can still communicate with loved ones and not have to sit in the dark. Once the storm clears, you can recharge these items and continue using them until the lights come back on.