The biggest investment Los Angeles homeowners have made in the energy efficiency of their home is the 2.8-kilowatt solar panel system they install on their roof.
The photovoltaic module efficiently converts sunlight into enough electricity to meet half of a household's energy needs.
They say their summer utility bill dropped to an affordable $50 when the air conditioner was used regularly and only $15 when the air conditioner was not in use.
When considering a solar system in Los Angeles, there are several things to consider, such as The type of equipment you will need.
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You will need to work closely with your contractor to determine what type of solar panels will work best in your home. A general rule of thumb is 1 kilowatt per 1,000 square feet of your home.
In addition to solar panels, the solar installation process requires a device called an inverter to convert the solar DC voltage into AC power.
The cost of such a system ranges from $15,000 to $35,000, depending on your home location. These costs can be significantly reduced with federal and city discounts and rebates.
Many states like Texas have rebate programs that reimburse customers $4.50 per watt, enough to cover 45-75% of the total cost of the Los Angeles solar system.