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With PG&E increasing their rates: "Over 20 years the average was a 6 percent per year increase, but this year it was a 13 percent increase," Dority says the demand keeps rising. A 4-kilowatt system will cost around $20,000 and will pay itself off in energy savings in around 5-6 years. Solar panels save on the electric por- tion of the bill, but not the gas. In addition to the monthly savings, Dority says that homes with solar panels go up 3.6 percent in value and sell faster than homes without solar. Cost of electric bills does not depend upon num- ber of people living in a house, but on how many While individual projects vary, the Doritys find that people are happy to help the environment while saving on rising energy costs. The amount and type of solar panels used and place- ment depends upon the energy requirements of the homeowners. 248 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 1 6

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