Water in, electricity next!
I'm so excited, I had to share this with people who I know would understand. :)
2 weeks ago we had our solar water heat system put in. It's the tubular system on the roof. We had hot water almost immediately. It's so exciting.
On the 12th, we're covering our entire, south-facing, unobstructed roof with BP PV panels. We're evidently the first house in our area to have them, as BP is just coming into southern MD. Or so they say. A BP guy is coming with our solar guy to supervise the install. We're very excited.
We're going grid tied, because the 1) we own a generator, and 2) it's more cost effective to have more solar panels collecting and paying back, rather than storing energy in case we lose power. We only do that maybe 2-3 times a summer. Not a worry. With BG&E jumping up 70+%? It's a no-brainer.
Before someone talk about spending too much,
know that we have no intention of not using our air conditioning.
We have no intention of adding 14 sweaters.
We plan to use our appliances (energy efficient),
our lights (extended life, energy efficient bulbs), with their dimmer and/or motion sensing devices.
We are rebuilding after a fire, so our house has all new windows, all new doors, the walls are 6'' (for pocket doors) with appropriate insulation, with solar attic fans, a new roof, and strong attic insulation. The way the household electrical demands have changed in the last 20 years? We plan to stay ahead of that demand. And while we have the money, we're putting in the panels.
So here we go into the future. Now to look at that flat panel, solar heat, using gray water, and DC appliances as ours wear out!