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Solar-powered home, lower energy bills for Va. family

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Posted at 6:50 PM, Jul 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-16 20:17:46-04

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WTVR) – How would you like to have an electric bill less than eight dollars a month?

It’s a reality for the Keith-Hynes family of Charlottesville, who live in a solar-powered home.

Their solar panels are designed to cover 60 percent of their projected electric needs.  The family says their latest electric bill rang in at only $7.70, and that covers a Dominion utility fee and city taxes.

The entire system cost the family $15,000 dollars, but with tax rebates, they expect it to pay for itself in 5 years.

Last month, Dominion Virginia started a program that pays customers to generate solar energy for them.

Click here to learn how it works.