Living in California, we enjoy sunny days pretty much every day. That fact, coupled with high utility prices, are making solar power all the rage here. I’m sure the same is true in many other states as well with the desire for people to live a more green lifestyle and save money at the same time. We began researching going solar about a year ago but I was confused by all of the choices and frustrated by everyone wanting to visit in person just to give an estimate. Then I found Sungevity!
Our neighbors across the street had researched solar companies extensively and had visits from at least a handful. They decided on Sungevity for several reasons including cost, convenience and customer service. When they told me that we would save $750 by using their referral code, I thought we’d look into Sungevity a little further, why not?!
I was so glad to hear that their initial quote could be done without an in home visit! I have 2 young kids and a hectic schedule, so I avoid appointments whenever possible. Sungevity simply uses their proprietary software to zero in on your roof, track its sun time and then design a custom system for your home complete with photos of what it will look like on your roof. A full estimate is given, including any discounts (like the $750 referral discount you could get from me) and financing details and options are also given.
We ultimately decided to purchase and finance our Sungevity solar panels to maximize the tax benefits and also to make selling our home easier in case the need arises. Sungevity helped us obtain financing through Mosaic and the process was seamless. From the time we signed all of the paperwork (online, another convenience!) to the time we flipped on our solar energy system, it was about 3 1/2 months. We were kept in the loop every step of the way, through design, permitting, inspections, installation and everything else in between.
One of my favorite things about Sungevity is their interactive website that showed us where we were every step of the process. Now that we’re connected, the site shows us our daily energy production down to the hour and we can easily see our production by day, week, month, year or even lifetime. You can also easily access your system details, important documents and your referral center from the website. They have apps too!
Speaking of the referral program, it’s another one of the main reasons we chose Sungevity! Not only did we get a $750 discount for being referred, but every time we refer someone else we earn money. Even before you have your panels installed you can begin referring friends, neighbors and family. You earn $250 (paid by check) for the first 2 people who sign up with Sungevity, and then you start earning $750 for every referral beyond that, not bad!
So, if you use any of my links in this post, not only will you save $750 on your Sungevity panels, you’ll also earn me a referral fee! You can then start referring your own friends and family and potentially pay for your whole Sungevity system. Get started now by requesting your Sungevity quote! You can also check out these FAQs provided by Sungevity to answer any questions you may have.
Oh, and in case you were curious about our first electricity bill after going solar…we went from $364 to $22…and this wasn’t even a full month on solar power. We did get a separate gas bill for $40, but still, not bad. Our financing payments for our Sungevity panels are $78/month, so in our first (partial) month on solar, we saved over $200!
*Update October 2016* We’ve had our solar panels for 6 months now and got through the heat of summer in San Diego by running our AC almost constantly. I added up our past 6 months worth of electricity bills and compared them to the same 6 months last year, April-October. The savings are a whopping $1,656 which is $276/month!! With a solar financing payment of only $78, we’re still saving a full $200 a month by going solar. At this rate, we should recoup the cost of the panels in 38 months, or just over 3 years. Worth every penny!