the time to get started powering your home with solar power. It's happening all
over the country and you might not even know it (unless you're plugged in to the
network of people who are!).
have a solar powered calculator on your desk or have you seen solar powered
garden lights advertised at Home Depot? Maybe you've noticed all the solar
panels popping up along the Interstate highways. There is a reason.
There have been major improvements in technology since the '70s. Panels
are more powerful and less expensive than ever before. They now are
practical for powering your home. Yes, your home!
Don't think you
have to buy your system all at once. It will cost you as much as a new
car. You can go solar... a room at a time. All you need is a panel,
an inverter, and batteries, and you're in business. It's simple. The
panel charges the batteries during the day and the inverter runs your room off
the batteries at night. Soon you will feel what it's like to have
independence from the power company. You can have independence from power
outages and brown-outs. And your electric bill will be a little smaller
while you are reducing the kilowatt usage for your family. It's a "green"
thing to do for the environment.
warn you. Independence is addictive. You will want to add one room
after another room to your little solar power system. When the
neighborhood loses power and you have a room with lights, fan and TV, you will
appreciate that independence even more. Your system will grow as you are
financially able to expand it. Compare it to buying clothes for your
family. You normally wouldn't go to the store and buy the family wardrobe
in one trip. It can be done by buying the basics and expanding as money
permits, just like solar.
are families that do purchase their system all at once. It might make
sense in their situation when power would be too expensive to run to a remote
home. It may be a commitment to life "off the power grid" for personal
reasons. There is a great magazine that illustrates homes off the grid
Home Power Magazine.
to encourage people to start going solar... a room at a time, and to start now.
Louisiana Solar Energy Society
and join forces with others that want to
do the same thing but just don't know where to start.