To go green at home, it is no longer necessary to submit yourself to daily doses of envy or annoy your mild-mannered physicist roommate until his shirt explodes. Make environmentally responsible improvements to your domicile with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get $1,100 toward home solar-power panels and installation from RT Solar.
For more than three decades, the licensed contractors of RT Solar have helped homeowners effectively shred their electric bills by converting sunlight to outlet juice. Photovoltaic panels capture rays from Earth’s second nearest star, the Sun, transforming the energy they’ve gained from the 9,000-mile journey into DC power, which is then converted to coffee grinder–friendly AC power. A properly sized solar system can effectively eliminate an abode’s power bill by feeding unconsumed energy back into the utility grid, accruing credit for when electricity is being used; systems aren’t limited to the roof, as they can also be installed as solar shade covers that protect patios from sunlight while generating electricity.
Owner Rick Therien—a solar electric specialist himself—personally oversees each step of a new project, from conducting the initial estimate to christening a completed system by smashing a bottle of champagne over his own head. A free online evaluation puts the potential costs in perspective, but a typical 5,000-watt residential system can reduce under-mattress stashes by $12,000 to $17,000 after state and local incentives.