Conserve Before Create

Conserve Before Create

At ACES Lyfe, we aim to reduce utility bills by making homes more energy efficient.

Energy efficiency is necessary for homes due to the fact that energy efficiency in a home degrades over time.

As time passes, the insulation in the attic and walls settle and that reduces efficiency.

With each passing year, the air conditioning unit loses efficiency. And the inefficiency of the attic space causes major problems over time.

Homes are continually becoming less and less energy efficient as the times passes.

With our energy efficiency solutions, we are able to solve all of these issues and more.

ACES Solar Strategy

With electric bills continuing to rise at a record pace, solar has become even more important for homeowners to take back control of their finances.

We at ACES Lyfe offer the best solar panels in the industry and the best savings as well.

Traditional solar companies will suggest to homeowners that they will “eliminate one hundred percent of their electrical usage.”

This may be true but only for a short time. As previously stated, homes degrade over time.

Therefore, if solar eliminates one hundred percent of the electrical usage in a home right now, in a few short years that will no longer be the case.

As the efficiency of the home degrades, even with solar, the home will use more energy to keep up with the decrease in efficiency.

Homes over time use more energy than they did when they are new. That solar will soon not be able to produce enough energy to supply the home with all of the power that it now needs.

Along with the degradation of the home, solar panels themselves degrade as well. The technology of solar has come a long way over the past decade in the way of panel efficiency.

However, degradation in solar panels is still an issue when purchasing solar. Over time the solar panels will degrade and lose the efficiency they began with.

Just like a new home, with each passing year, those panels will lose a certain amount of efficiency. That one hundred percent coverage of electrical usage that the solar panels provide today will degrade over time to less than eighty percent in some cases.

The home is degrading, the solar is degrading and that solar investment is becoming less beneficial as time goes on. ACES Lyfe has the solution for that as well.

An Energy Efficient Space

With our energy efficiency solutions, we will make all homes more efficient and keep them there. That means the degradation that the home experiences will now be minimal.

The energy solutions will keep the home at its peak efficiency for the lifetime of the home. Along with the best energy solutions on the market, ACES Lyfe only offers the best solar panels on the market as well.

The solar used by ACES Lyfe has the lowest degradation rate on the market. With these incredible options, we pair them together to overcome the short comes of solar alone.

Keep the home at peak efficiency and have solar panels that degrade the least amount possible is the only way to ensure that your investment will remain an investment for decades to come.

Another benefit to combining solar and energy efficiency together is that by reducing the electrical usage in the home, the home will require fewer solar panels to eliminate the electrical usage.

This saves homeowners thousands of dollars while still achieving the desired outcome. Combining solar and energy efficiency on a home will not only save money, save the planet but also make the home environment more comfortable with energy solutions!

All our homeowners get all of the benefits of solar with the comfort and savings of energy efficiency!

ACES Lyfe is here to help you save money and create a space that is more energy efficient and comfortable.

Fill out or energy efficiency evaluation form below and we will get the process started!

The Benefits Of Multi-Layered Insulation

The Benefits Of Multi-Layered Insulation

It’s a beautiful, warm night in Utah. As I sit in my kids’ room upstairs, I’m wondering why it’s so hot up here even though I had recently added blown insulation to the attic space and run the air conditioner constantly.

As I used my favorite tool to research (Google), I found that traditional insulation is a thing of the past. Based on simple physics, I found that using a reflective multi-layered insulation developed by NASA has a significantly greater impact in the summer than anything else I can add to my attic space. It makes my home more comfortable and lowers energy costs dramatically!

Blown in Insulation-Limitations

According to the US Department of Energy, traditional insulation absorbs only 10% of radiant heat! Wow! That means there is still 90% of heat being transferred throughout the house and attic. Blown In insulation is similar to a sponge. Just as a sponge fills up with water and no more water can enter into the space, the insulation can only contain a certain amount of heat. Once insulation reaches its saturation point, it becomes wholly ineffective. In physics we learn that hot air travels to cold air. All of that hot air that is not being saturated starts flowing through your home. Once traditional insulation has reached its saturation point, the excess hot air from the attic travels down into my home which makes my air conditioner run more often. We all know what that means; higher electric bills, more wear and tear on my air conditioning, and more money leaving my bank account.

On top of that, 20-50% of the air we breathe comes from the attic. Filling it up with loads and loads of insulation is not going to be good for you health. More insulation attracts more dirt, dust, dust mites, and dust mite excrement to flow into the home causing a myriad of symptoms. You no longer have to blame your allergens on the Utah air. You can blame a lot of your stuffed noses, allergies, and other uncomfortable symptoms on the air that is being pumped into our homes through the attic. Thanks to traditional insulation, you have a semi-cool or semi-warm home, allergens flowing through your home and your money flowing out of your wallet. Doesn’t sound like a great situation to me. You spend most of your time in your home and you deserve to have quality air pumping through your living space.

Cheap prices can be enticing, but don’t let the cheaper cost of traditional insulation fool you. While traditional insulation is generally more cost effective than other types, it also has minimum impact. You really are getting what you pay for. But, on top of that, your electricity bills won’t be lowered and your doctors visits won’t be any less. Once you’re sitting in your Utah home and you receive your electricity bill in the middle of summer, you’ll wish you had spent a little bit more money and got the higher quality insulation. Making an investment in advanced insulation technology is worth it! It can oftentimes pay for itself from day one by creating a significantly more improved comfort level and by drastically lowering energy bills– both gas and electricity.

Benefits of Multi-Layered Insulation

Traditional insulation definitely has its benefits. It was a cost effective way to keep my home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. But, the limitations caused me to seriously research other things I could do to increase the comfort of my living space. In my search, I found a technology that was developed for the rigors of outer space. As you can imagine, with the space station moving from +250 to -250 degrees fahrenheit a total of 16 times per day, NASA obviously researched and tested to determine the best technology for maintaining a tight temperature tolerance inside the envelope of the space station. In a 4 minute clip from an episode on The History Channel, NASA discusses the development of a multi-layered insulation technology.

Rather than ABSORBING only 10% of radiant heat, multi-layered insulation actually REFLECTS/STOPS 97%! When you compare the traditional insulation that was only absorbing 10% and now there is multi-layered insulation that is stopping 97%, its easy to know what insulation you should install in your home.

To put it another way; if you’re being mugged on the streets of New York City, would you rather RESIST the mugger or STOP him dead in his tracks? By stopping the heat almost entirely a neat thing happens. Since the heat is reflected away from my traditional insulation by the Multi Layer Insulation, it never has a chance to move inside my home. With no excess heat moving into my home it obviously increases the level of comfort attained. No heat means my thermostat doesn’t trigger my air conditioner which means my electric bill drops like a rock for immediate short term benefits. Since my air conditioning unit runs less than half the time as before, it also creates the longer term benefit of significantly extending its life.

Multi-Layered Insulation is full of benefits. It keeps the air out of the home, creates a more comfortable space to live in and helps cuts electricity bills the moment it is installed.

Multi-Layered Insulation Helps The Environment

Rocky Mountain Power, a power company that powers Utah, states in their “Wattsmart” program that if everyone in Utah would adjust the thermostat by 2 degrees we’d clean up the air in Utah! Do you want to find a way to contribute to the environment but don’t know how? Or don’t want to put large amounts of money into a cause and not know how the money is being used?

By installing Multi-layered insulation, you can help the environment. Imagine my surprise and delight when I realized that cutting energy usage by adding multi-layered insulation will also help the environment for literally zero upfront costs! That’s the icing on the cake. When I can do my part as a citizen and steward of our planet and also increase the comfort and decrease outgoing dollars towards utility bills, it’s a win/win/win all the way around!

Multi-Layered Insulation really is the way to go. You can create a more comfortable space for you and your family, decrease your electricity bill and help the environment.

At Aces Lyfe, we are here to help you in your endeavors to cut costs and have a more comfortable home. We have technicians who will give you an energy assessment and let you know what products will best help you have a more cost efficient home.

Give Aces Lyfe a call or fill out the form below to schedule an energy assessment and to start saving money.

5 Steps To An Energy Efficient Home

5 Steps To An Energy Efficient Home

By now, most people — environmentalist or not — are familiar with the concept of energy efficiency.

At Aces Lyfe, we specialize in energy efficiency. Our goal is to help you create a comfortable and energy efficient space while cutting your electricity bill.

Here are a few things to take into account and some few actions you can take to create a more energy efficient space.

Take Action Today

Creating an energy efficient space may seem like a large task and hard to complete.

The great thing about energy efficiency is that you can take small and simple steps and bit by bit you can have a home that is not only comfortable but is also energy efficient.

Below are a few steps you can take to start the journey of creating an energy efficient home.

Energy-Efficient Appliances

There are actually a huge number of products that take it upon themselves to waste as little energy as possible.

Check out Energy Star’s list of home energy-efficient appliances. You can see just how many aspects of your home can be more streamlined for cost-effectiveness.

Everything from your television to your ceiling fan can have an impact on your home’s energy efficiency.

When you’re looking to increase energy efficiency, you need to do a whole-home evaluation. Everything from top to bottom can likely be replaced with something that impacts the environment less.

It’s up to you to determine what amount of effort you want to put in.

Insulate and Seal Home

Arguably the most comprehensive and consistent way to cut your home energy bill, proper insulation and air sealing is a must to increase your home’s energy efficiency.

All the heating, cooling, and maintenance energy that your home produces can be wasted without the right insulation and air sealing methods.

Your energy bill suffers a lot from poor sealing and insulation.

This is especially true if you live in a climate that has long or severe winter or summer seasons.

Think about those long, cold Idaho winters and those long and scorching Southern Utah summers.

At Aces Lyfe, we have products that will help seal and insulate your home. Consider multi-layer reflective insulation as a boost to your home’s current energy saving systems.

Multi-layer reflective insulation will help create a more comfortable home for you and your family, and will also cut the cost of your electric bill.

We also have invisaflects insulation that will also help seal in your home. This unique ceramic coating acts like a “liquid blanket” in your home.

Specially coated hollow ceramic particles act as a thermal barrier, reducing unwanted radiant heat loss and heat gain from your home, helping you feel warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Lighting

It might not seem like the biggest difference maker, but the way you light your home can increase or decrease your energy efficiency.

Residential LED lighting can use up to 75% less energy than incandescent lighting, as well as last 25x longer.

The Department of Energy reports that LED lighting, if implemented at a widespread rate across the United States, has the potential to have the greatest impact on energy savings.

Modern LED lights come in a wide variety of colors, tones, and brightness levels, so they can accommodate whatever lighting needs you’re looking for.

Similar to their variety of colors and hues, modern LED lights are available in a myriad of home and industrial products.

No lighting component of your home is required to have incandescent lights, so take a look around your abode and see just how much of a difference you can make.

Aces Lyfe offers LED lighting products that will help you increase the energy efficiency of your home.

Electricity

There’s a lot of basic saving tips that you can use to cut electricity consumption in your home.

Be sure to monitor and selectively use the appliances in your home that use electricity.

Lamps, computers, and TVs are some of the obvious ones, but be sure to consider how much electricity all of your appliances use.

Don’t use them unless absolutely necessary, and don’t let them stay on for longer than you need them.

Unplug your electronics when you’re leaving the house for long periods of time.

Idle electronics still use electricity, but completely detaching them from the outlet will cut off any residual wasted energy that you might be worried about.

Measuring and maintaining the electricity consumption in your house doesn’t have to be done at the end of the month.

There are ways to stay up to date on how much your home uses on a more frequent basis.

Home Water Usage

This one sounds easy. The basic stuff — don’t run the sink when you’re brushing your teeth, take shorter showers, don’t use your toilet as a trash can — is all valuable and useful ways to have a more energy efficient and eco friendly home. But there’s always more you can do.

Consider replacing your home’s faucets and showerheads with low-flow or energy-efficient alternatives.

These are easy to install yourself and cut water usage tremendously.

There are always larger energy-efficient appliances than the ones we named above.

Dishwashers, laundry washers, dryers, refrigerators, and water heaters are all big water users. Installing the right kind of large-scale appliance can be a massive aid to help increase the efficiency of your home and lower your bills as well.

There are other places around your home that you may not think of your water usage.

Take, for instance, your backyard or garden. Maintaining the growth you want takes a lot of water, so don’t over-water your grass, and be sure to invest in climate-native garden plants or ones that don’t require extra watering and can survive without special care.

For example, plant drought resistant plants if you are living in Southern Utah so you don’t have to spend large amounts of water on them each day. Installing a drip irrigation system would be the best route to take.

Let Aces Lyfe Help

Energy efficiency does not have to be a large task that seems too daunting or hard to tackle.

As mentioned above you can take small and simple stems to create a space that is more energy efficient.

Aces Lyfe is here to help you wherever you are at in the process of becoming more energy efficient.

Whether you are taking the first step right now or if you have began the process a while ago, we will help you take the steps necessary to create an energy efficient space.

Give Aces Lyfe a call today and see how you can have a more energy efficient space while cutting your electricity bill.

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Keep The Utah Heat Outside With Energy Efficiency Products

Keep The Utah Heat Outside With Energy Efficiency Products

We all know hot, summer weather.

It is beautiful for a good majority of the year, but those dreaded summer months can really be a doozy.

The heat just seems like something we can’t escape.

It’s like we are trapped in a giant heat bubble and there is no way out.

No matter how many ice cream cones we eat or how long we’re at the pool, the heat is always with us.

How do we escape the heat?

Most of us turn to the indoors to escape from the hot weather.

Just because we have a refuge from the sun beating down on us, doesn’t mean that we can totally escape the heat.  

If only we could run into our houses, slam the door, and keep all of the heat outside where it belongs.

That is where it belongs, right?

Well if the heat belongs outside, why does it keep creeping inside where it’s not invited.  

The heat is like your friend Bill who always seems to show up at every party when he wasn’t invited.

Heat showing up in your home is annoying.

What a life it would be if we could have a home that actually kept that heat out and the cool air in.

Wouldn’t that be perfect?

To have a home where we can go to actually escape from the heat and not have to pay an arm and a leg to cool the place seems like a dream.

Would you call us crazy if we told you we could do that?

Well then call us crazy. Because we can do that.

Our products will insulate your home, pull out the hot air, and keep your home feeling refreshing and comfortable.

We have six products that will create the paradise that you are wanting for a home during the dreaded summer months.

Multi-Layer Insulation

Our Multi-Layer Insulation is placed in the attic helps you significantly reduce heat transfer to and from your home.

The overall function of this insulation is to eliminate temperature inconsistencies throughout your home.

Lots of time and effort has been put into the development of this product.

It includes revolutionary technology from NASA.

It is 99% pure aluminum and stops 97% of radiant heat transfer.

The Multi-Layer Insulation can cut heating and cooling costs up to 50%.

Invisaflects Insulation

The Invisaflects Insulation acts like a liquid blanket in your home.

Specially coated hollow ceramic particles act as a thermal barrier.  

The thermal barrier reduces unwanted heat loss and heat gain.

This helps your home feel warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

The biggest difference between the Multi-Layer Insulation and the Invisaflects Insulation is where they can be installed.

The Invisaflects Insulation is used where the Multi-Layer Insulation isn’t an option.  

They are used in homes that have no attic space or flat roofs.

Our thermal imaging inspection will help determine where the ideal locations are for the Invisaflects Insulation.

LED Lighting

LED lighting uses at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent lighting and lasts 35 to 50 times longer.

This all equals less money being spent on your lighting.  

Not only does LED lighting save you money, it also produces very little heat.

This will dramatically help the cooling costs in your home.

You no longer will have to feel like you are in an incubator when you are in your home.

The crisp, cool light that the LED lighting emits will make your home a better place.

Solar Attic Fan

The rooftop fans and gable fans that we install in homes are powered by the sun.

They run when the sun is up and they shut off when the sun is down.

This helps save money for you since your fan won’t be running on electricity and it won’t be running all day.

These fans are modeled after jet engine intake and exhaust systems.

The fans are so good at what they do that they maintain attic temperatures within 5-10 degrees of external temperatures.

The air in your attic is replaced at least 30 times per day thanks to the solar attic fan.

Bluemaxx

You depend on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable and cool.

But, every season that you use your air conditioner, it loses efficiency thanks to oil fouling.

At least 7% efficiency the first year, 5% the second year, and 2% each additional year up to a 40% total loss efficiency.

With your air conditioning only running on 60%, your home won’t stay as cool as you want it to.  

Also, you’ll have money flying out of your wallet as you are trying to cool down your home with a system that isn’t operating at full capacity.

The Bluemaxx treatment is a liquid treatment that cleanses your system and restores peak efficiency.

It completely cleanses your air conditioning unit so your home will be nice and cool and you won’t be breaking the bank to make it that way.  

Hot Water Wrap

The hot water wrap is a hot water heater blanket that is designed to help lower the cost of heating your water inside your home.  

Many homes spend up to 10% of their utilities heating their water.

This hot water trap will keep your water warm so you don’t have to worry about wasting away your money.

Energy Efficient Package

There are so many small things around our homes that contribute to how efficient it is.  

Our energy efficient package ensures that often times overlooked “energy stealers” will be addressed and taken care of to make sure your home is in a prime state for energy efficiency.

 One of the largest things is sealing the casing on the windows and ceiling.

This eliminates unwanted air from coming in and from already cooled or heated air from escaping.

Other things we assess are bathroom vents, soffit vents, and leveling insulation.

Basically, this package tackles all of the tiny things in your own that, when combined, can suck out a lot of energy and money.

Why Aces Lyfe?

Our energy products are here to make sure you are not wasting your money on heating or cooling a space where the air escapes only seconds later.

Our goal is to help you have a comfortable place to enjoy life with your family and friends.

We want you to love the dreaded summers of St. George, Utah because you have an energy efficient home that stays cool all summer long without breaking the bank.  

 

Why We Love Our Energy Efficiency Products

Why We Love Our Energy Efficiency Products

We can answer that question in two short words.

They work.

If that’s all we said about them, this wouldn’t be much of an article though, so allow us to elaborate.

The impact that all of our energy efficiency products can have on either a home or business is giant!

The products that we have do just what they say they do–they’re the kind of products that actually work!

When you combine the multi-layer insulation or Invisaflects, Bluemaxx, a solar fan, and a thorough attic inspection and tune-up, you have a home or business that is energy efficient and comfortable.

These products reduce your power bills and they make the temperatures throughout your home or business more consistent.

We know the products make our customer’s lives better.

We know they save them money. And we know they help reduce our customer’s carbon footprint and thus help save the planet from the impacts of climate change.

Everyone wins every time we close a deal.

There is a large assortment of energy efficiency products that we offer.

Each have a different purpose and each product will make your home and business better.

Aces Companies Products

Our products can be divided up into four different categories:
-Aces Energy
-Aces Home
-Aces Commercial
-Aces Fyre

Aces Energy

Insulation

Both our solar and energy efficiency products fit into our Aces Energy category.

We have insulation products that reduce heat transfer to and from your home.

Our Multi-Layer Insulation eliminates temperature inconsistencies in your home.

It blocks heat from escaping in the cold months and keeps heat from entering into your home during the warm months.

Our Invisaflects insulation is used in areas where our Multi-Layer insulation isn’t an option.

Solar Attic Fan

Our advanced rooftop fans and gable fans are powered by the sun and create continuous airflow.

The fans have a lifetime warranty and will replace the air in your attic at least 30 times per day.

The solar attic removes moisture and condensation from the attic and prevents potential mold and mildew.

Blumaxx Air Condition Treatment

Air conditioners continually lose their efficiency year after year.

Our Bluemaxx Air Condition Treatment is a liquid treatment that cleanses your system and restores it to its peak efficiency.

Not only does it help your air conditioner run the best it possibly can, but it also extends the life of the compressor and reduces maintenance and repair costs.

Hot Water Wrap

Many homes spend up to 10% of their utilities for water heating alone!

The hot water wrap is designed to lower the cost of heating the water in your home.

The Hot Water Heater Blanket will reduce your energy bills and is also completely safe to handle.

LED Lighting

LED lighting uses at least 75 percent less energy than incandescent lighting and lasts 35 to 50 times longer!

LED lighting produces small amounts of heat compared to other lighting and helps with the cooling costs in the summer.

This is a quality product!

Energy Efficient Package

Our energy efficient package ensures that those pesky energy stealers are finally put to rest.

It is our goal to improve the overall energy performance and efficiency in your home.

Solar

Our solar products help you create energy by using the sunshine outside.

If your home receives at least two and a half hours of sunlight per day, you can convert your current energy situation into a solar one.

Aces Home

Our main goal of Aces Home is to take over the tasks that you don’t enjoy doing or don’t have the time to do.

We give you some of your precious time back when we take on the responsibility of taking care of certain tasks in your home.

For the basic package, which is $29 a month, you can have a large list of tasks completed by us each month.

We will replace filters in your fridge and air conditioning. We check your smoke detectors and CO monitors.

To put it simply, we do all the tasks that you know you should be doing but just can’t find the time to get around to it.

Aces Fyre

With Aces Fyre, we have a large assortment of products that are proven to keep you safe in case of a fire in your home.

Not only do we have your standard smoke detectors, but we also have other products that are not as common but are necessary in order to have a safe home.

We have fire escape ladders that can be used in case of a fire on an upper level in a home. These ladders will help you or your loved ones escape in a quicker and safer way.

Our heat detectors are able to sense when the temperature has risen to a very hot degree and will alarm.

These are important because heat is often times the best indicator of fire–not necessarily the smoke.

Aces Commercial

Aces commercial is a way for businesses to go green and help them cut costs and help our planet.

We offer the same products to business owners that we offer to homeowners.

Our products can help save money for business owners and help you create a more comfortable space as well.

The C-PACE program is a way for business owners to receive a loan in order to upgrade their business to become more energy efficient.

Our goal is to grow your business by going green.

Products And Service

Providing exceptional products is only part of the equation, however.

We also have to provide exceptional customer service.

Our sales team has to be honest, exceptionally well-informed, and knowledgeable.

We have to provide them with the tools they need to help homeowners afford the products and get them to a monthly payment they can work into their budget.

The installations have to be done right.

We ensure that our technicians do the job right the first time and that our customers are pleased with the results.

When our exceptionally professional sales team does their part and the installations are done properly, our customers will see the benefits of making their homes more energy efficient and comfortable.

We hope that our customers will be so pleased with the work we do, that they will tell all of their friends and family about Aces Companies.

We know that our products will help you have a more energy efficient and comfortable home.

Give us a call or fill out the form for a free energy assessment so we can help you on the road to becoming more energy efficient.

Where Does Your Power Company Rank?

Where Does Your Power Company Rank?

Where’s the best place in Utah for solar?

You’d think the answer to that question would depend on what parts of this beautiful state see the fewest cloudy days or see the most sun because of lower latitude.

But the answer actually depends more on which power company supplies the power to the home.

Most homeowners who install solar panels still rely on the power company to provide them with electricity at night or when the sun isn’t shining.

 In order to offset the cost of this power and make their homes net-zero, most solar arrays are built with enough panels to generate more power than the home needs during the day.

This excess power is then sold to the power company so it can be used later when the sun isn’t shining.

The agreement between the power company and the homeowner that details how much the homeowner will be paid for their extra power is called a net-metering or interconnectivity agreement.

Each power provider in the state has different rules regarding how their net-metering agreements are written.

Some utilities give you a kilowatt hour for kilowatt-hour credit while others pay homeowners a fixed rate for the extra power generated and may or may not charge an additional monthly fee just because you have solar panels.

Depending on the details, it can mean a return on investment for solar that can be recouped in just a few years or it can mean the ROI takes decades.

Which utility providers have the best interconnectivity or net metering agreements in Utah?

We’ll break them down into three categories and rank them from there.

1. ROCKY MOUNTAIN POWER – Fortunately, one of the best interconnectivity agreements found in Utah is still the one provided by Utah’s largest utility company, Pacific Corp, or Rocky Mountain Power. 

After Rocky Mountain Power asked the State Utility Commission to change their interconnectivity agreement in 2016, Gov. Gary Herbert encouraged the utility to sit down with solar industry experts to ensure their new arrangement would allow continued growth in solar in Utah.

The new agreement that was hammered out currently ensures homeowners get 9.2 cents per kWh for the extra power they generate. That’s about 90% of the 10.2 cents per kWh average price of electricity from RMP.

While 90% isn’t as good as the straight 1 for 1 credit RMP customers got up until November of 2017, it’s not bad.

2. UTAH’S ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES – Most of Utah’s electric cooperatives like Dixie Power or Garkane Energy provide net metering and several even offer a kilowatt hour for kilowatt hour credit. What drops them to second place on our list, however, is that fact that these cooperatives offer some of the cheapest power rates in the nation. 

Solar power winds up costing somewhere around 6 to 7 cents per kWh if you do the math. (Take the cost of the array, spread it out over the 25-year warrantied life of the panels and divide that figure by the average rate of production on a south facing, 30 degree pitched roof…) 

That 6-7 cent rate stacks up pretty well against many Utah electric cooperatives where you’re also paying just under 7 cents per kWh. Since there’s no guarantee rates from the power cooperative will stay as low as they are now, buying 25 years worth of power at today’s rates does make sense.

Inflation alone demands co-op power rates will eventually rise by about two or three percent a year, but still, it’s difficult for most co-op members to see the wisdom in paying for all their power needs for the next 25 years in one lump payment today.

3. UTAH’S MUNICIPAL POWER PROVIDERS – There are some city power companies in Utah like those in St. George and Heber that aren’t all that bad when it comes to net metering.

Many more of them, however, charge fees for solar owners and offer net metering deals where customers get wholesale prices in the range 4 or 5 cents per kWh for their excess power and are then forced to buy it back at retail rate north of 10 cents per kWh. 

Utah Clean Energy’s website lists links to a variety of municipal power company’s net metering rules. See if your city is on the list and get the details on your net metering options at https://utahcleanenergy.org/issues/rooftop-solar/item/342-local-governments-and-solar-net-metering

While those are rankings for general types of electricity providers in the state, here’s our top half dozen picks for the Utah power companies that make going solar attractive to homeowners: 

1. Heber Power and Light – Heber City provides a kWh for kWh credit and gives you a payout at the retail rate for the extra power you generate over the course of a year when credits reset in January. The only drawback to solar in Heber City is their 15kW limit on the size of a residential solar array.

2. Rocky Mountain Power – Even with their departure from a kWh fo kWh credit in November of 2017, RMP still pays enough per kWh for solar and their prices are high enough that a solar array almost ALWAYS makes sense for RMP customers.

3. Brigham City – Brigham City also provides a kWh for kWh credit but their payout for the extra power you generate  is set to the wholesale rate they pay for power when credits reset in June. Brigham City also has a lower 10kW limit on the size of a residential solar array.

 4. Dixie Power – Sure their rates are some of the lowest in the United States but their net metering agreement provides a kWh for kWh exchange and their rates aren’t going to stay as low as they are now for forever. Plus their array size limit is set at 25kW. 

5. Lehi Power – Just like Dixie Power, Lehi’s net metering agreement is a beneficial kWh for kWh exchange. The limit on the solar array size, however is just 10kW.  

6. St. George City – If it weren’t for the fact that St. George City adds in a fee every month for solar customers, they’d rank far higher. That said, the fee is only $2 per kW per month and after that they do provide a straight kWh for kWh credit so on balance it’s a pretty decent deal. 

 

Of course, a homeowner can also choose to utilize battery systems to store their excess power, rather than selling it to the power company for pennies on the dollar.

With the costs of large scale battery systems still ranging in the tens of thousands of dollars, however, the cost can prove prohibitive.

Another option for homeowners who live in areas where the power companies don’t offer great options when it comes to solar is simply reducing power consumption by making their home more energy efficient.

You don’t need any sort of agreement from the power company or tax credits from the federal government to reduce your consumption.

ACES Lyfe is a local Utah business that does provide solar but they can also help you lower your power bill without going solar by increasing the energy efficiency of your home.

If you’d like to find out if solar could work for you and your home or what your power providers net metering rules are, or if you’d like more information on how to lower your power bill without going solar, call ACES Lyfe today!