Tag: rooftop solar

Hybrid HVAC with Solar Energy and an EV

Our home electric and gas utility bills arrived in late October. Total: $38.67 Image: Electric bills for 12 month period = $290.44$24.20 average per month includes EV charging It’s been over a year since we upgraded our home heating and cooling system from an… Continue Reading “Hybrid HVAC with Solar Energy and an EV”

No Room on your Roof? Try Community Solar!

‘Community solar is about to explode’ in Illinois Nara Schoenberg wrote a story in the Chicago Tribune on October 31, 2022, “A way to get solar energy — no rooftop panels required — is making headway in Illinois: ‘Community solar is about to explode’… Continue Reading “No Room on your Roof? Try Community Solar!”

New Federal Climate, Energy Law Makes Going Solar Well Within Reach

By Sharon Pillar, Executive Director PA Solar Center | October 4, 2022 The recently passed [federal] Inflation Reduction Act offers a number of incentives that make transitioning to solar power very attractive to homeowners, businesses, and other organizations. It offers financing tools and opportunities… Continue Reading “New Federal Climate, Energy Law Makes Going Solar Well Within Reach”

Solar September: Another 6-Dollar Monthly Electric Bill

$6.57 to be exact, which also included home EV charging and 1,067 kWh left ‘in the bank’ for future months. We also generated another SREC to sell for $40. Meantime, a neighbor in the same size ranch home got a bill for $197. Other… Continue Reading “Solar September: Another 6-Dollar Monthly Electric Bill”

Trees, Climate Change and Surging Power Outages

Monday night’s premiere episode of “The Neighborhood” bore the title “Goodbye Grid Day” as the Johnson family goes solar, and ends up with the only electricity still on, after the grid goes down in the rest of the neighborhood. Clever show! While it wasn’t… Continue Reading “Trees, Climate Change and Surging Power Outages”

August BOLT Report | Larger Rebates Here for PA Electric Vehicles

Monthly energy analysis for our Chevy Bolt EV GM Report for August 2022: Translated into dollars and cents: We used 190.5 kWh to travel 762 miles. That works out to 4 miles per 1 kWh. As of August 29, 2022: Electricity from our power… Continue Reading “August BOLT Report | Larger Rebates Here for PA Electric Vehicles”

Our Electric Bill Went Up. One cent.

Sure enough, it went from $6.56 last month to $6.57 this month. Our rooftop solar panels have been doing a great job of providing electricity for our home cooling and other household uses, as well as providing all the ‘juice’ to power our Chevy… Continue Reading “Our Electric Bill Went Up. One cent.”

Going Solar With Large Trees

When we first landscaped our house, nearly 40 years ago, we made sure to plant a large growing Maple on the west side. That planting location came very close to the concept of planting a large deciduous tree on the southwest side of a… Continue Reading “Going Solar With Large Trees”