Does Going Solar Mean Saying Goodbye to Power Bills For Good?

In most cases, going solar doesn’t mean shutting the door on your utility company forever.

Most residential solar systems are grid-tied, which is a great affordable solution to avoid the expensive costs of batteries. An on-grid system also acts as a safety net to ensure you always have access to electricity, even when your panels aren’t producing enough. 

Grid-tied systems have a lot of benefits, but it also means you’ll still be receiving those pesky power bills you were probably trying to get away from in the first place. Don’t worry—although the bill doesn’t completely go away, solar panels can definitely help ease the dread of seeing that total amount.

Why Do I Still Receive Power Bills on Months When I Produce Enough Electricity to Power My Home?

Some months your solar system will be able to generate enough energy to power your home completely. In this case, you’ll receive a bill with the energy portion reduced to $0. Unfortunately, power bills don’t just include energy charges—you’ll still have to pay for any fixed costs associated with your bill. 

What Will My Average Power Bill Be with Solar?

Receiving a bill is never fun; installing a solar system can save you a lot of money every month. How much can you expect to pay after installing solar panels? Here are some things to consider. 

Utility Company

Your power bill comes with fixed fees and can also include other variable costs such as distribution and transmission fees. Understanding exactly where your savings are coming from is a big part of going solar. 

Solar Production

Your solar system’s size and production will determine how much you can save on your power bills. We design systems with your usage history in mind to get you the best bang for your buck. We’ll let you know how much of your total consumption can be offset with solar, giving you a clear idea of your expected savings moving forward. 


Large appliances can eat up electricity faster than you realize. If you have many power-hungry appliances running simultaneously, you’ll likely still need to rely on extra electricity from the grid to power your home.

Weather Conditions

Weather affects your panel’s production over the year. Summer is when solar production peaks with longer days and more direct sunlight. It’s natural to see less production during the winter due to shorter days and more variable weather.

System Health

A healthy and well-functioning solar system means more money in your pocket. Solar systems are built to last, but it’s always good to be aware in case something goes wrong. We include monitoring systems with all our installations, so it’s easy to keep track of how everything is performing. 

Please be sure to get in touch with your solar installer immediately if you notice an underperforming panel or any unusual activity.At Polaron, we like to do all the work for you. Our solar specialists will walk you through the solar process and your expected savings. Get a free quote with us today to see how much you could be saving on your power bill.