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"Honey, can you pick up the kids after work today? And don't forget we have our solar party tonight." Solar party? No, this isn't some full-moon-dance-around-in-the-forest type party. This is the modern version of the tupperware party, for those wanting to go green. Sunset Magazine's September issue highlights one family who not only bit the bullet to get panels, but is also throwing parties to get other people to go green.
Each party comes complete with an evite, food, drinks and a sales rep from a local solar company. Attendees can climb on the roof, check out the system and even ask questions like, "yeah, but will my meter really spin backwards?" Answer: yes it will.According to the author, after seeing her octogenarian neighbor across the street get them, she really felt like she had no reason not to. If he can afford them, I can afford them. The party was the perfect launch-pad for someone like the author who has always had an interest in solar but isn't home-repair inclined and was under the impression that solar is still to expensive.
The sales rep is there to answer all of the technical questions but in a less-threatening atmosphere. Plus, they can talk specifics about your home after answering a few questions like what does your typical electric bill look like and which direction does your roof face. The author says that she went in expecting to pay $40,000 and found out that with all of the incentives (this was in California) that she will really only spend about $10,000 when all is said and done.
So the next time a solar evite shows up in your inbox, grab your electric bills, your tennis shoes and maybe a bottle of wine and don't say no. What do you have to lose?
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