If you don't have any solar enthusiasts on your block, have no fear. In this solar home section, we take a look at different people's experience with solar power for homes. This will let you see how it worked for them and decide if it could work for you.
So, without further ado, let's head to Florida and take a look at the solar panel installation of Allan Miller as featured in the Miami Herald:
Mr. Miller has truly incorporated solar power into his life.
Miller's solar electric installation consists of ten solar panels and, after state and federal incentives, cost a total of about $12 500.
Now this isn't cheap, but on the positive side Allan's last electric bill was only $27. At this rate the Miller family will recoup their investment in 5 to 11 years.
Why the wide range for the payback period?
Well, it turns out that the Millers have converted their 1989 Volkswagen Cabriolet into an electric car and are able to charge it with the power produced from the solar panels on their roof.
This means two things:
The Millers are awesome.
The price of gas will affect how quickly their solar panels pay for themselves.
The Millers sound like real trailblazers and it shouldn't surprise us to hear that they are considering adding more panels to their solar array. About their solar installation, Allan says: "It was money well spent. Everyday you look up at your roof and you just smile".
Florida solar enthusiasts might have even more reason to smile in the near future. A proposed new solar program by Florida Power & Light includes a rebate for homeowners who go solar.
Cheers to the Millers for incorporating solar power into their life and we'll be bringing you more solar power homes soon.