Several days ago, I received my energy bill for the month of June and to my surprise I only had to pay $20.06! This is how I got a credit for $65.
First I bought a lawn mower. Although, your first reaction might be, why or how does a lawn mower affect your electricity Bill?! My answer is simple. My electricity company, and I'm sure many of yours as well offers credits for purchasing lawn mowers (or some kind of appliance) that is energy efficient or electric instead of gasoline powered. When we purchased our lawn mower, we specifically made sure that it was on that list of being able to get a credit back. Our final purchase was a push reel mower (similar to the one I've linked above) which I absolutely love! I'd like to note that even my wife is able to mow the lawn, so it's not like the days of old where it's brutal to use this type of lawn mower. This rebate, as you can see from there website shown to the right, is one of many rebates available and gave us $60. back on our bill.
The smaller portion of the bill, $5, was credited back to us due to a free do-it-yourself energy checkup. This energy check-up goes through the basics of your home: asking how large it is, how many people live there, location, windows, orientation, down to the bones of it all such as how much insulation is in your attic, walls, what type of windows you use, etc. It's very thorough and in the end it gives you a list of things that you could do to your home if you'd like along with the estimated savings of each option.
Has anyone else used these rebates from the energy company? I'd really like to hear about people using the solar panel option and how it's worked so far for them. How about a professional energy audit?