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May 4th, 2008, 01:36 PM
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We are really interested in using wind and solar power. We just found out that it an exemption on our property taxes. DH was wanting to make a windmill, but I think he has given up on the idea .

Does anyone use a windmill or solar panels to help power their house? How many solar panels do you need? Where can you buy them?
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May 4th, 2008, 02:24 PM
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i wish we had solar or wind power. oh to be free of electic bills... but we are still slaves to the power company until we win the lotto and can afford our dream green home.
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May 4th, 2008, 06:12 PM
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we live on base so we don't have an electric bill, but sometime in the future we would like to build a house and it will definitely have solar panels or a wind mill...or both!
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May 5th, 2008, 12:33 AM
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Has anyone looked into just how much it would cost to install and put to work solar panels? I have never really thought much about that. I suppose if I were designing a dream home I would love it to be as energy-efficient and green as possible. It must be quite expensive or I would think more people would have it....
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May 5th, 2008, 12:07 PM
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we live on base so we don't have an electric bill, but sometime in the future we would like to build a house and it will definitely have solar panels or a wind mill...or both![/b]
Thats what we want to do eventually too. DH wants to be totally off-grid, which i think is a little excessive but he is serious that he can make it work. But i think he's overly optimistic! His plan is wind, solar, and geothermal heating/cooling. But thats pretty far off in the future for us
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May 5th, 2008, 10:18 PM
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I don't know where its at but I hear that you can apply for aid to get them and that the state will help you out with them! If can even sell back unused electricity to your local area!
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May 5th, 2008, 11:00 PM
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I don't know where its at but I hear that you can apply for aid to get them and that the state will help you out with them! If can even sell back unused electricity to your local area!
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May 6th, 2008, 07:36 AM
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theres a cool thing in my area called Bullfrog Power and it is on the grid, but what it does is injects into the grid the amount of power you use, but all the power they inject is "green". i am thinking of switching soon. i'm really bad at explaining it but check out the link for a better idea of what it's about!
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May 6th, 2008, 08:58 AM
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When we eventually build our eco friendly home we'll put in a windmill/solar panels. Right now we can't since we live on base housing.
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May 6th, 2008, 11:31 AM
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I think the best way to do solar power is to get involved in a solar co-op. A bunch of people get together (usually all the houses on a block or something) and buy the panels in bulk for a hefty discount. Of course that requires finding progressive neighboors, which are sometimes hard to come by in certain areas!
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May 6th, 2008, 11:58 AM
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I think the best way to do solar power is to get involved in a solar co-op. A bunch of people get together (usually all the houses on a block or something) and buy the panels in bulk for a hefty discount. Of course that requires finding progressive neighboors, which are sometimes hard to come by in certain areas![/b]
That is a great idea. I don't think it would work in my neighborhood. All of my neighbors are really old and set in their ways.
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May 6th, 2008, 02:28 PM
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I want to when we buy our own home.
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