Solar on a tight budget?
CitizenRE Solar Rental
Showcased on HGTV'S
"Living With Ed"
November 5, 2007 -- A young married couple in
their first home, shoestring budget,
baby on the way--how can they possibly afford
to add solar energy to their house?
"By renting it", said Ed Begley Jr., six-times
Emmy nominated actor and environmentalist.
In the November 5 episode of "Living With Ed",
host Ed showcases solar in this new form.
"Putting the 2 kW Citizenre system on this house
symbolized a 20-year dream for me,
to help put solar power within reach of anyone."
The young family in Venice, CA, shows exactly
why renting solar makes so much sense.
Paul Eckstein & Hala Khori have just moved
into their 2-bedroom bungalow. He is a writer,
she is a yoga instructor and their first baby
is due anytime. How is this the right time to be
adding an expensive solar system to their home?
"Renting the system just makes so much sense",
said Paul. "We really wanted to do the
right thing, to make our new house is as green
as possible. But we sure didn't have the
cash to buy a system, or even to carry loan payments.
This way, Citizenre takes care of
everything--they install it, fix it, all that.
And our savings increase every time the rates go up".
Paul and Hala worked closely with Citizenre's
local system installer Stephen Gates, who designed
and installed their solar system. "The
family should save about 30% - on their electricity each month,
for $25.00 per month," Gates explained.
"Since they averaged $28 per month for that same amount
of electricity, they are already saving a little
"It's so great that we can actually have solar
on our first house", said Hala. "By renting, we actually
save money- and that's money we can save for
something else. And we know we're still doing the
right thing for our baby's future. That's
the very best part of the story".
"I have been involved with residential solar power
for over 20 years, and put my own system
on in 1990. You can't make gasoline in
your house, but you can make electricity on your roof
- I've been doing it for 17 years," said Begley.
"I've been frustrated by how many people come to me
for advice on solar, only to find it is out of
their financial reach. With Citizenre's rental program,
all that changes. Anyone who wants to make clean,
green power in their home can do it.
With the help of Citizenre, I hope we duplicate
Paul and Hala's story nationwide beginning in 2008."
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