Energy is expensive. Electricity bills are expected to jump as much as 29% this summer in some areas of the US. [USAToday]

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  1. Angryrider says:

    Yargh. I’m really hoping for solar panels that you can embed into the roof of a house or the sides of a building…

  2. Osi says:

    They jumped 500% here in alaska already .. but that was due to corrupt shareholders.

  3. AD8BC says:

    Yowsa. Glad I got into that 2 year electric contract now. Only a smidge more than last year per KWH.

  4. ViperBorg says:

    @Angryrider: They have those. Expensive as hell… but in light of rising energy costs…

  5. Skiffer says:

    Home solar kits:

    http://www.solarhome.org

    $9,000 for a 1kW (peak) PV array grid-tie system.

    Assume:
    $0.15/kw-hr electricity price
    20% average solar efficiency (very generous year-round average, including cell efficiency, nights, clouds, etc.)

    1 kW * 20% * 24 * 365 = 1752 kW-hr/yr
    1752kW-hr/yr * $0.15 / kW-hr = $263/yr savings = ~30-40 yr ROI…

  6. hypnotik_jello says:

    Alright paying about avg of $0.25/kWh here in NYC after factoring generation,distribution, and other fees.

    sucks big time, and I work from home so it sucks even bigger time… blargh.

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  8. JeffM says:

    Well bless Silicon Valley power in Santa Clara, CA- an oasis of affordable electricity in a sea of publicly traded extortionists PG&E.

    I still don’t understand why we need utilities with tickers.