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Solar house saves money

Soot Jew Soot Jew
Maria Steele Maria Steele

By Roger Mari - bio | email

KANEOHE (KHNL) - With help from Mother Nature, one Kaneohe family is saving hundreds of dollars a month. They use their "Green" house to encourage others.

While the Steele family's ultimate goal is to help protect the environment, they're pleased with the savings on their electricity bill thanks to 48 solar photovoltaic panels installed in September. An average month of electricity used to cost about 500 dollars.

"At this point we're down to about 130 dollars next month it should go to zero," says Solar System Owner Maria Steele.

SunTech Hawaii installed the system. They say it can generate more than 10 kilowatts of electricity a day.

"Which then translates into 300 - 500 a month energy bills from HECO," says Peter Fletter of SunTech.

Hawaii's tropical climate makes the islands an ideal place to utilize solar energy.

"We just have a fantastic opportunity here, both due to the high cost of electricity and also because of the fact that we have an abundance of sun," says Peter Fletter.

75 year-old Soot Jew plans to be around when he's 85. He believes having a sun-power photovoltaic system will pay off in the long run.

"I think I can afford it because they said 6 panels cost 15 thousand and you can, more or less get it paid back in a 10 year period."

It's a sunny attitude towards solar power. The system cost 75-thousand dollars but after state and federal tax write-offs the Steele family will get 65% of it back.

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