David Borton and Marley with Solar Home
Harriet with control panels
for photovoltaic array
In the sunshine, the electric meter
During the last 30 years, we have saved the equivalent of over 530 barrels of oil. Our seceret? Good air sealing, a little extra insulation, making good use of the sun (passive solar gains and PV), and 1.5 cords of exercise and sun (firewood) per year; that is over $85,000 at today's heating oil price. We expect to save many more dollars the next 30 years!
For more information, you can view Solar Energy at Home, a 4-minute introductory video on solar energy and home energy use. "QuickTime" player is needed. If you don't have it, you can download it free at http://www.apple.com/quicktime .
And/or, for more detail on the house and systems, watch this 11 minute video, courtsey of Christian Grieco and Optimus One, LLC. No special player needed; it runs on Google Video.