When we decided to build our earth sheltered home solar panels were a part of the picture. A decision that we do not regret, for our electric bill is $12.00 per month, and that is because of distribution fees which are returned to us at the end of the year. So, essentially we have free electricity. I planned enough panels so that I could run my home-based business. I run embroidery machines and a couple of computers and all of the electronics that goes with that type of business, and so I happily pay the electric bill each month.
Our previous home was without panels and the electric bill was between $300.00 and $400.00 each month, so this is a remarkable saving.