As young people raise their voices and adults take notice of the effects of climate change, homeowners and buyers are reflecting on how they can reduce their carbon footprint.
They may consider adding solar panels to their property or purchasing a home where they are already installed.
The question for many before making the investment is whether it is worth it, according to Eric Kilens.
Kilens works as a solar advisor at Granite State Solar in Bow. They focus on residential properties and work with owners on the coast.
Kilens drives an electric car and has solar panels in his home.
âMy solar system is covering maybe 75 to 80 percent of my electric bill,â Kilens said Friday. “I see an electric bill for maybe three or four months of the year.”
Kilens said every home is different, but the average cost of solar is $ 30,000 and there are investment tax credits to help people move towards greener forms of energy.
The problem arises because the state’s Utilities Board has approved an adjustment to Eversource’s energy service rates and customers are likely to see an increase in their bills after August 1.
For residential customers, energy service costs will drop from the current rate of 6.627 cents per kWh to 8.826 cents per kWh.
William Hinkle works as Media Relations Manager at Eversource Energy. He explained that energy service tariffs are only part of a person’s bill and that there are other things that need to be approved by the PUC by August 1.
He said an increase in costs was expected in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
âIt was expected across the industry,â Hinkle said.
Hinkle also explained that Eversource doesn’t take advantage of it.
âEversource is not taking advantage of that part of the bill,â Hinkle said.
Hinkle added that despite what many people think, there is 25 percent more electricity use during the summer months because many people now own air conditioners.
Hinkle said there is Resources to help people save money while staying cool.
There is also programs to help people pay their bills.
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WATCH: Stunning vintage photos capture the beauty of America’s national parks
Today, these parks are spread across the country in 25 states and the US Virgin Islands. The land around them was bought or donated, although much of it was inhabited by native people for thousands of years before the founding of the United States. These areas are protected and revered as educational resources about the natural world and as spaces for exploration.
Continue to scroll through 50 vintage photos that show off the beauty of America’s national parks.