Solar energy is often touted as a game-changer for reducing energy bills. But what happens in reality? At San Diego County Roofing & Solar, we believe in setting the right expectations. Let’s delve into the factors that can influence your energy bill after installing a solar system.

The Initial Promise of Solar Energy

Solar energy systems come with the promise of reducing your energy bills by generating electricity from the sun. The idea is simple: harness solar energy during the day, use it for your needs, and potentially sell the excess back to the grid. However, the reality can be more complex.

The Case of Unexpected High Bills

We recently encountered a case where a homeowner, not a client of San Diego County Roofing & Solar, experienced higher energy bills even after installing a solar system. The system was well-installed, featuring quality panels and Enphase Micro Inverters. A review of the homeowner’s previous energy usage revealed a surprising trend: his energy consumption had skyrocketed.

The Pitfall of Energy “Spending Sprees”

The homeowner, thinking that solar energy was “free,” went on an energy consumption spree. He purchased an electric vehicle, added a second freezer, and ran his air conditioner almost non-stop. This behavior led to higher energy bills, defeating the purpose of installing a solar system in the first place.

Solar Energy: A Tool, Not a Miracle

Solar energy is an excellent investment but should be approached with common sense. It doesn’t give you a free pass to consume energy recklessly. Proper planning is crucial before making such a significant change to your home’s energy infrastructure.

How to Plan Your Solar Energy Consumption

  • Assess Your Energy Needs: Before installing a solar system, evaluate your current and future energy requirements. This will help you choose the right size for your solar system.
  • Monitor Your Energy Usage: Keep track of your energy consumption patterns. Use this data to make informed decisions about your energy use.
  • Consult Professionals: Seek advice from local roofing companies in San Diego who also specialize in solar installations. They can provide valuable insights into optimizing your system for maximum benefits.


Solar energy can indeed reduce your energy bills, but it requires thoughtful planning and responsible usage. At San Diego County Roofing & Solar, we are committed to helping you make informed decisions about solar installations. Remember, solar is a tool for energy efficiency, not a license for unlimited energy consumption.

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