$6000 off grid whole house Solar System

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the best thing to do currently is to encourage your utility to invest in larger scale projects like wind, solar and battery storage or other forms of energy storage systems (pumped air, molten salt, large battery banks, etc.). these are much more practical and can be done by them for not much $ in comparison to what you would pay yourself for similar. plus they can take advantage of the changing technology and improvements each year as they happen for new projects while you are stuck with sunken costs in your own system.

to me having clean energy generation is more important than a personal solar supply. as long as i have a source of heat in the winter i don't need much electricity every day if there is a storm so having a backup generator is an unneeded expense. yes, it would be nice to have a generator, but it's not worth that $ to me to have it as we don't have power outages much any more.

like has been said, replacing power hog devices with more efficient ones is a good way to help things out too. LED lighting, replacing old computers with newer more efficient ones, replacing an old refridgerator with a newer one (the power company here gave us a $50 rebate for doing it too), better insulation, caulking up and foam sealing cracks if you can, keeping the thermostat turned down or using zone heating, wearing a few more clothes, using fans instead of AC, furnace replacement, thermal mass, better sun shading on the windows, better windows, ... there's a lot of things that can be done to help decrease energy usage.

for one i sure don't need a huge house (even if the space is nice i don't really need it to be happy - i'll work around less space as it means i don't have as high of taxes and i don't have as high expenses). etc...
I usually don't post much tech stuff on here because I already know most people are not technology geeks like I am. But if this technology can be developed and made into a consumable product, it will be a game changer. That's why I said I estimate that solar will be affordable and practical enough for the masses in 10 to 20 years. If someone could figure out how to harness and store even a fraction of the electricity produced in a bolt of lightening it would also be a game changer.

For me the truth to "green" energy is multifold. For a system to be effective all known forms of energy generation need to be utilized. Some technologies are known and are efficient such as fossil fuels but others are known and are not efficient yet such as solar and wind. But then there are unknown technologies or are just beginning development like alge and this night time power generation device. It's going to take a multi utlilized system to take advantage of all available technologies before I would consider it "green" and practical for the masses like me. there is so much opportunity that exists in the energy sector, it's unreal.

Interesting read ---> https://www.foxnews.com/tech/breakthrough-device-can-generate-electricity-from-the-night-sky
 
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Way back when, in CA, there was some kind of scandal (forgive me, I've forgotten exactly what it was) that caused our power costs to really spike. The first thing I did was go through the house and change out all the incandescent lights with cfl (which was all that was available at the time). Just doing that lowered our bill by 50%. We have since moved to LED's and power costs went down again.
When we moved to our current house, we needed all the big appliances (totally empty house!) and one thing I got was a Sun Frost refrigerator. This baby sips electricity, very economical- something like 15 KWH per month. In 17years of use, we've only had one small repair needed- the door latch broke- which cost $30. I wish all my appliances were as great as this one!
 

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Way back when, in CA, there was some kind of scandal (forgive me, I've forgotten exactly what it was) that caused our power costs to really spike. The first thing I did was go through the house and change out all the incandescent lights with cfl (which was all that was available at the time). Just doing that lowered our bill by 50%. We have since moved to LED's and power costs went down again.
When we moved to our current house, we needed all the big appliances (totally empty house!) and one thing I got was a Sun Frost refrigerator. This baby sips electricity, very economical- something like 15 KWH per month. In 17years of use, we've only had one small repair needed- the door latch broke- which cost $30. I wish all my appliances were as great as this one!
our newer refrigerator runs a lot more than the old one but like you say it doesn't use much juice at all. the biggest improvements in it were the lighting (LEDs in both fridge and freezer) so you can actually see what you're doing (downside you have to clean it more often haha) and that it is much more quiet when running... it seems to be very efficient because i only have to bump the temperature setting up one when it gets hot in the summer and that is just one above the lowest setting.
 
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