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Solar Panels – Make it a Sunny Decision

Solar panel prices are starting to come down and more consumers are considering installing them on their homes or in their yards.

Going green is all the rage these days. Sometimes going green can save you money and other times you just have to think of it as helping to save the environment a little bit at a time, with no monetary savings. Solar panel prices are starting to come down and more consumers are considering installing them on their homes or in their yards. In addition, more businesses are getting into the solar business because of the government subsidies that can be obtained.

Keep in mind that solar energy requires the sun. So find out how many sunny days your area has each year. As with every product or service, comparison shop with several businesses to make sure you are getting the best deal.

BBB offers the following tips for those leasing, buying or installing solar panels themselves:

Talk to your energy (electric) company.

· Most utilities have net metering programs. Net metering measures the difference between what consumers pay for the energy purchased from their utility minus the cost of energy that the consumer provides to the utility collected through the solar panels.

· Make sure you meet all standards and codes that are applicable along with local, state/provincial and federal laws.

· Ask about the cost of installing a new meter.

Find out about federal and state/provincial tax credits.

· How much will you receive – for what amount of energy generated?

· Will you be taxed on these tax credits?

· How long (months, years) will you receive tax credits?

· What do you have to do to receive the tax credits? Is there a filing date?

Choosing a business

· Check out the business with Better Business Bureau, bbb.org

· Will you be leasing or purchasing the solar panels? Compare costs – upfront versus long-term.

· Who receives the government (federal and state) benefits?

· Who pays for maintenance costs of the equipment?

· How long is the contract? 10, 15, 20 or 25 years?

· Is there a cancellation fee?

· If you move will the panels be moved for free? What if your new home will not accommodate the panels? Can you cancel?

· Consider location – on your house or in the yard?

· If the panels are located on your house, what happens if there is damage during installation – who pays to repair?

· If you have to have a new roof replaced (on average every 20 – 25 years) will the company remove and replace the panels for free or a cost?

· If the business promises a percentage savings from your current utility bill – what happens if that savings don’t materialize?

For more information, visit http://boston.bbb.org/article/Solar-Panels---Make-ita-Sunny-Decision-42126

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Larry June 06, 2013 at 02:26 PM
"She was moved because a judge ordered it" Well, that certainly makes more sense than heeding what medical transplant specialists say. Selelius is correct. People die every single day waiting for transplants. You still haven't explained why THIS patient gets preference over a patient with a greater likelihood of a medically acceptable outcome. And, don't drag god(s) into this, unless you can explain why god gave a 10 year old the genes for CF.
Larry June 06, 2013 at 02:41 PM
The 10 year old was on the juvenile transplant list. That is where juvenile organs go to juveniles. That is the medical protocol which provides the best medical outcome for the greatest number of patients. Moving a 10 year old to an adult transplant list - especially for certain procedures (including lung transplants) diminishes the likelihood of a medically acceptable outcome. It is medically better for the greatest number of patients, for adult lungs to go to adult recipients. The juvenile is LESS likely to have a successful outcome, and you've prevented a properly sized recipient who IS on the medically correct list from receiving life saving organs. You're dooming someone on the correct list, to make a political rather than medical decision - AND the juvenile is less likely to have an acceptable outcome than the patient you've doomed.
Will Kane June 06, 2013 at 02:50 PM
"Better she should die and decrease the surface population"....eh Lar?
Larry June 06, 2013 at 02:50 PM
How about the "You're a misogynistic dullard" card. You think that women are only useful as pawns in partisan squabbling.
Larry June 06, 2013 at 02:53 PM
You STILL haven't explained why you want to kill a 17 year old, in an attempt to save a 10 year old - using a procedure that is more likely to save the 17 year old. Is it that you don't understand that this is a zero sum game? The organ(s) you give to a less qualified patient could save the more qualified patient.

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