I had to laugh when I was reading some of the comments about us staying here if we were going to spend the money on solar power. Suppose we spend $20,000 after incentives. Here are some . . “what if” type scenarios.
- Suppose you’re someone who buys new cars often. Our vehicles are a 17 year old pickup, a 13 year old Honda and a 7 year old Toyota. No matter how you look at it, if you’re buying new vehicles every 4 or 5 years (and some do it way more often), you’re losing way more money on those vehicles than we will on a solar system if we move and leave it behind.
- Suppose you go out to eat twice a week and even though I don’t know if it’s possible, suppose you spend $20 per meal and could eat at home for $5 per meal, that’s $15 twice a week $1560 per year you’re “losing” and not getting back. We rarely go out to eat!
- Suppose you have cable TV and you’re spending $60 per month on that, you’re spending $720 and while some would argue that there is a good return on that investment, for us it was not.
- Suppose you go on vacation once or twice a year. We don’t and I’m only guessing but I figure you can’t do much for less than $2,000 for a week’s worth of vacation and many vacations are way more than that. Just say $2,000 per year for a vacation . . you may feel you get a good return on that investment but we’d rather be at home doing things around here so we don’t spend that money.
If you add up the eating out, cable tv and vacation, that comes to $4,280 per year and that’s a big chunk.
Most of us have a limited amount that we can spend and while you may choose to not to install a solar system unless you are sure you’re going to be around for the life expectancy of the system, we aren’t exactly looking at it that way. For us, we are concerned about the stability of the grid and the grid in Texas is probably way more secure than the grid in the rest of the country, but we also think it will be a fun project. I don’t spend money on hair color, nails, clothes but I do spend my fair share on yarn and kitchen gadgets.
Vince and I laughed reading some of the comments because we had just spent $10K on a new air conditioner system in MO just months before we found out we were moving. We would have gotten the exact same amount of $$ out of the house had we not put in the new system but we wanted a more energy efficient system and didn’t think we would be moving so soon. You never know . . but we didn’t lose sleep over it . . it was just one of those things that happens.
Through the years, I’ve seen that some things people spend their money on just floors me and I’m quite sure that others are astonished at the things I spend my money on but so long as I’m not asking anyone for a handout and no one is asking me for a handout . . it’s everyone’s own business how they spend their money.
It’s all in perspective!