Are you bleeding money? It’s hard to keep track of all of the little things we pay for sometimes. Phone, Internet / Cable, Power, Water, Gas, Netflix, Spotify, Gaming subscriptions, Dating websites, etc. Sometimes we don’t even realize how much the simple things we enjoy bleed us for cash. Do we really need all of them?
Of course the bare necessities like water, power, gas, etc. Internet is starting to be considered one of those necessities too. Beyond those bare essentials, the list of services we can blindly subscribe to seems to be beyond comprehension. What’s the simplest way to kill all of those subscriptions? Assuming most of those subscriptions auto-pay using your debit/credit card, simply call your bank / creditor, and ask for a new card (for whatever reason). They’ll kill the old card, and send you a brand new one, with a brand new number, expiration date, and security code. It takes 2-3 business days to get the new card. Once you do that, all of those subscriptions will start calling, emailing, and sending you notices any way they can to let you know that they can’t get their money.
Once that happens, you can make a tally of all of the money that was being spent on this or that and pick and choose what you really need.
There’s more than one way to skin a cat. Saving a little money down the road by converting a chunk ( a big one if you do it right) of your power consumption to another power source, like, say, solar, can drop your consumption by at LEAST 1/3. Wouldn’t a $66 monthly bill be much better than $100 every single month? The math varies from house to house, but the point is, 66 is less than 100, so whatever your bill is now, it will be less, indefinitely by switching some of your appliances and day to day use to solar sources of energy.
So how much does your power bill run?
Let’s say your average electric bill is $100 for a small family. 2 or 3 people. (That’s unlikely unless you’re very, very, very… efficient. Let’s just use that number for simplicity.
Now let’s assume that a LOT of your power is used between your entertainment system (TV, Sound, XBOX, and let’s just include the PC/computer for brevity). How much energy does that require?
Well we don’t need to do a breakdown and make things overly complicated, but what if you could replace some or most of that usage with another power source?
Goal Zero offers an amazing lineup of solar panels and power storage and distribution systems (fancy batteries). Mount a solar panel outside of your window, run the line through the window itself, and connect the power supplies for various devices to the battery. It serves a dual-purpose of a. supplying power and b. independent from main power so in the event of a disaster or storm, the power will still be there as it does not rely on the city/state electrical grid.
You can power that deep freezer, and most of the other power hogs with a system like these: http://www.goalzero.com/large-extreme.html?catid=13
Smaller systems out there, and possibly for less. See what you can find on Amazon there are plenty of options.
Goal Zero says you can power a 32″ TV for 3-5 hours before a recharge with this solar system. http://www.goalzero.com/shop/p/167//1:4/
Most power systems will pay for themselves very quickly (a year or so). They don’t require a lot of care, which is handy because this is supposed to be saving us money, but I feel as if it saves us some stress too. Think about it, how long will a system like this last? 5 years? 10? 20?!
In the end, it’s a worthy investment. Not just because it saves you money down the road, but because it also helps protect the environment and preserve the exhaustible energy sources.
If you do decide to go solar, please think of us while you’re flipping the bird to your power company.
Thanks to Evert Bopp for the article concept.