Solar panels reduce Torrance homeowner’s energy costs

Solar panels reduce Torrance homeowner’s energy costs

Angie’s List member Tod Gentille and his wife, Lisa Norris, of Torrance, California, wanted to save money on their electric bill and be more environmentally friendly at the same time. So, they looked into alternative sources of energy and decided to install solar panels.

Gentille then searched Angie’s List for companies that install solar panels and found highly rated Ameco Solar in Paramount, California. The $21,700 project included a solar power system with roof panels and a central inverter. Gentille says that Ameco even painted the electrical conduit to match the color of his house, which impressed him since other homes with solar energy systems he’s seen have raw metallic conduits running down from the roof.

Gentille appreciates the energy savings he experiences now. His most recent electric bill was close to nothing. “[My favorite part was] turning on the system and watching my power meter spin backward,” he says.

He offers a word of advice for anyone considering a solar panel system — buy instead of lease. He says he’s heard stories where it’s difficult for those who have leased to sell their homes. “That’s another reason I’m glad I went with Ameco and bought my system,” he says. “That’s just one more reason to go with buying and a company that handles the entire cradle-to-grave process.”


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