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On the grid or Off the grid?Pictures courtesy of:
Start with things outsidePictures courtesy of:
Looking inside the homePictures Courtesy of: Home HeatingWater Heating
Lowering Electrical Usage in the HomeCourtesy of: Changing the lighting throughout the home
Increasing attic insulationCourtesy of:
Courtesy of: Reversible Fans to help lower both heating and cooling costsHang dry clothes to help lower costs from appliancesUnplugging devices or using power strips to limit vampire energy
How much will this costSolar Panels 10kW systemAfter tax benefits23,100Electric powered vehcileAfter tax benefits16,500Outdoor power equipment (estimate)500Hot water heaters1,200Home heating and cooling7,700Total Cost49,000Cost of conversionYearly electrical savings1,860Yearly gas savings from vehicle(average 392 gallons average cost $2.69)1,054Yearly savings in oil for home heating1,200SREC credits(estimated average $170/credit)1,700Yearly savings of . . . 5,814Savings over 20 years116,280Monetary benefits of going solar
Effects this has around the globeStarting at homeRankStateCountCost$/WCapacity (MW)#1CA6268206.27 7378.81#2NJ510467.39 2283.74#3MA 714215.27 1941.27#4AZ893615.14 1647.18#5NY510055.56 575.34#6NV160484.6359.85#7TX143434.91 333.38#8CT236435.35 248.61#9PA114326.11 241.55#10 NM 83565.89 187.71Courtesy of: We do not need to live in a state that is thought to have a larger amount of sun than average to have solar power. Using just the top 4 states there would be 10,558 tons less CO2e in the air if solar power took the place of coal fired power plants.