Thursday, March 20, 2014

Solar Panels - A Study in Savings

This time last year, I started looking into getting solar panels. Why?  I wanted to save some money on our ever-increasing electricity bill and thought going green would be cool, too.

I contacted a few of the major players: Verengo, Sungevity, and Solar City.  Boy, did I get more information on kilowatts than I ever thought I needed.  After going through basically the same qualification process with each company, we got the biggest bang for our buck with Sungevity.

As part of our decision process, I asked everyone I knew with solar panels why they either own or lease.  Everyone that owned their panels said the only reason why they owned them was because back when they bought them, leasing wasn't an option.  But if they had an option, they would have decided to lease.  As a result, we decided that leasing our panels was the best fit for our family since 1) it didn't require any money down and 2) we were then locked into the same monthly rate for the life of our lease. Considering that electricity rates increase each year, the locked-in solar rates definitely seemed like a good deal.

Conservatively, they told us we would save, on average, $37 a month.  After having the system 8 months, I am happy to say that we have averaged $55 savings a month.  Okay, so this savings isn't earth-shattering, but it is savings.  And considering our roof is now generating electricity for our family, and all other Southern California Edison customers, I enjoy the feeling of being resourceful and green.  While our solar panel system feeds directly into Southern California Edison's power grid, if there is ever a power outage in our area, we will have enough power stored in our solar panels to power for our home for a day.  (Now you know where to go in times of power outage.)

To top it off, I discovered that our electricity rates actually went down once we had our solar panels installed. I guess solar panel customers get special, lower rates!

My favorite part of all this:  watching my electric meter run backwards when we are producing more energy than consuming.  All in all, we are very happy that we decided to take the plunge and get solar panels.

Have you ever thought of getting solar panels, too?  Quotes from Sungevity (and its competitors) are FREE!!  You have nothing to lose (well, except dollars off your electric bill).

Now through March 31, anyone that uses the referral code 329439 will get $1000 off the price of their system.  (Typically, it is just $500.)  If you have any questions about our experience with solar panels, please feel free to leave a comment below or email us at

Friday, March 7, 2014

Spring Forward this Weekend

Are you ready for days to be longer?  (Note: I did NOT say work days!)  I am!  Although I don't like losing an hour of sleep when moving my clock forward, I do love that the sun sets later and later...and that summer is coming!

So don't forget, and don't be late!  Change your clocks 1 hour ahead before you go to bed this Saturday night...and don't forget to change lights that are on automatic timers, too!

Happy Friday!

Posted by Leslie

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Gluten-Free Holiday Treat

There are so many delicious treats you can make (and eat) for the holidays. But what about gluten free treats (without having to buy gluten free flour)?  

How about these adorable Holiday Pebble Treats!?!?  There are only 3 ingredients you need: Holiday Pebbles cereal, marshmallows, and butter. 

So if you or someone you know has a gluten intolerance, this would be a great dessert/treat to make! 

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Posted by Leslie

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Jammies are Hilarious...And So is this Video

I will admit...I haven't blogged in a long time. I guess I decided to take a little sabbatical. But there is something that has pulled me out of my sabbatical because I absolutely have to share this.

This family is awesome! I want to go and get #XMAS Jammies for my family now, too. (You watch, there is going to be a spike in Christmas jammy sales!)

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Posted by Leslie

Friday, September 27, 2013

Holding On...For Sentimental Reasons

I opened my fridge to get my daughter some orange juice this morning and realized we have a 10-year old bottle of water!  

How do I know that it is 10 years old? We brought it back from our honeymoon in Tahiti 10 years ago, that's how! 

We brought it home, along with a bottle of Cristal that we picked up at the duty-free shops in Tahiti, as a reminder of our fabulous honeymoon and how we wanted to go back someday. Our original plan was at our five year anniversary, but with a 3 and almost 1 year old at that time, it just wasn't feasible. So we pushed it off to our 10 year anniversary. Needless to say, that didn't happen either. 

So the bottle still sits there. The funny thing is, my husband is kind of a cleaning freak and likes to throw things out. The fact that he has left it there for 10 years is astounding. 

Are we sentimental? 
Perhaps a little crazy? 
Most definitely!

But it bring a smile to my face every time I look at it. And that is certainly a great thing.

Someday, we will go back to Tahiti and brig back another water bottle to give it some company. And let's face it, that is much more economical than a black pearl!!!

What item(s) have you held on to that most would see as a toss away but you hold on to as a treasure?

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