Homeowners are turning the tables on fat cat power monopolies.

As you probably know, I’ve been telling people for years now that getting off the vulnerable electrical grid by using solar panels, wind turbines, solar air heaters and solar water heaters is a smart move. I’ve been saying that these fat cat power monopolies are trying to suck you dry and that the only way to beat them is to become independent of them as much as possible.

Well, thankfully many of you have done just that, either by purchasing those items from dealers or by using the Power4Patriots method of building and installing them yourselves. Either way, you’ve learned that self-reliance feels pretty good, especially when that significantly lower power bill comes in the mail.

Well, not surprisingly, the power companies don’t like it when people discover a way to avoid paying their outlandish prices for their unreliable power. Right now in California, the state’s three biggest utilities are fighting with their own customers about battery systems that store power from the sun.

People with rooftop solar panels are already buying less electricity from those utilities than they used to, and adding batteries to their systems takes them closer to the time when they won’t have to buy power from the local grid at all, says Ben Peters, a government affairs analyst at Mainstream Energy Corporation, which installs solar systems.

Battery systems are consumers’ way of battling against the traditional monopolies that utilities have enjoyed in supplying consumers with electricity in the past. And this comes after federal regulators opened the system to independent power producers, which is also eating away at the big utilities’ control of electricity generation.

Looks like the fat cats are getting a little skinnier…something I like to see.

If you are generating some of your own power through solar panels, wind turbines, solar air heaters or solar water heaters, how does that make you feel? More independent and self-reliant? Or do you feel sorry for the big power companies that can’t make quite as much of a profit as they used to? I’d love to hear from you about this.

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