wpollock wrote: »
I am considering leasing a system from someone such as Sungevity. I will be discussing the size system they recommend based on my SMUD utility statements average Kwh per day usage for the last four months. My southern roof is completely free from any shade and have been told it is ideal for solar panel installation. Because I can't say for certain I will be living here for the next 20 years I am considering leasing the system rather than purchasing knowing that I will lose some of the full benefit as far as utility cost savings. The flip side is it appears that selling a home with solar in place and operating can increase value from 4% to 7% depending on location so while not a major money maker it is still something positive.
The home, built in 1996, does have original HVAC system(gas furnace). gas water heaters, clothes dryer and cooktop. I plan to update my kitchen oven and dishwasher as well as replace all of my incandescent recessed cans with retrofit leeds while rebates are still being offered. I would like to consider installing two solar powered attic vent fans( my house is one story with a U-shaped footprint) if I can find a model for a concrete tile roof that is within a price range I can afford. Insulation wise( mine is blown in), I would rather not open the can of worms when it comes to exterior walls. As for the attic,I have a decent amount of fill except in one area over my master bedroom and which I plan to increase with bat type since it will be more economical for me to install(read me doing the installing) as opposed to having a company come and blow more in.
I have no doubt new windows would also be a plus but I have quite a few and with age and hope for retirement getting closer find that expense somewhat daunting as well.
I would be happy to share my quote from Sungevity once I have my discussion for thoughts before I move forward.