Why We Chose to Go Solar, and Why You May Not Want To

For the first six years we lived in our house, our electric bills averaged $1,500/year. While we wanted to go solar for a variety of reasons, we didn’t think it was likely to be worthwhile financially. So we tried to economize by limiting our use of electricity. That generally didn’t work, as our house came with a pool which runs a filter 24/7 in summer months, a greenhouse with electric heat for winter (it’s freezing in there), and an exhaust fan for summer (it’s boiling in there), and a couple of rooms in the back — the part of the house that used to be a barn — which also have electric heat.

The back of the house — the former barn — had a large south-facing roof with asphalt tiles (the front of the house has a slate roof). There’s a huge unfinished area under that roof that turns into a furnace all summer, so we figured it must be getting some good solar exposure.

The front and middle sections have slate, but the back — the old barn — had a large, featureless, south-facing asphalt-shingled roof.

As it turned out, solar companies told us that this south-facing roof could hold enough solar panels to cover our electricity usage and more. They also believed that it could work out financially, by which they meant that if we invested in a solar system, we could most likely get our investment back in 5–8 years.

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