Originally Posted by Kevin_tall_jeep
One other thing that I forgot to write about is let me know what you guys think about time of use meters and net meters. I switched to a time of use meter but with solar im not sure its worth it.
It is definitely worth it. The time of use meter will allow you to get paid more when usage around you is higher.
I'm not sure when you installed your solar, but you will really get a savings during summer when all your neighbors are running their AC. You will consume more power in the winter when the days are shorter, and the sun less intense. During the summer, when the sun is up there longer, and brighter, your panels will produce more power at a time when the power grid needs the input.
Solar systems cost around $15k. It will take a long time to pay itself off, but it will eventually. My apartment is only about $60 per month for gas and electric. It would take me 21 years to pay for it assuming I used no grid power whatsoever (which is impossible).
Another thing: watch your usage. Some of the biggest misconceptions amongst people who put in solar is that they can use more power now, because they aren't paying for it. As you will quickly realize, you are paying for it.