Green homes slashing electric bills

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Home and business owners are slashing electric bills and getting tax breaks by going green.

Cape Fear Solar Systems hosted the National Solar Tour this weekend to expose the solar secret. The tour featured solar-powered homes throughout Wilmington, homes that cut energy costs by nearly 90%.

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“The total bill after we got the rebates from NC Green Power and from Progress was $119 for the year,” said local homeowner Ron Hess. “So, basically we reduced our bill by around $1,400 per year.”

Hess made the switch to solar systems a few years ago. He said it only took about 6 weeks for the first solar system to be installed, and it was an investment that paid off.

Hess said in tax-breaks alone, he reduced costs by 50%.

Cape Fear Solar Systems said every home is different. Savings depend not only on the systems, but the direction the home is facing and other factors.

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