The Twelve Days of A Green Christmas – Fifth Day

On the fifth day of Christmas my green friend gave to me… 5 solar panels, 4 sea turtles, 3 rain barrels, 2 milkweed plants and a live Christmas tree!

When I first started learning about solar panels in the late 1970’s the cost was very expensive and not within reach of the average household so there were very few panels installed during the next few decades.  With the steadily climbing cost of electricity due to fuel supplies the attraction of solar energy has skyrocketed over the past several years.  As a result of the increased demand and production the cost of solar panels has plummeted.  Solar panels today cost 100 times less than the solar panels of the 70’s.  Coupled with Federal Tax incentives solar panels have gained popularity.   Whether you wish to convert a water heater to solar or morph your home to a net-zero home there are a lot of options available, including leasing panels.

Photo: Solar City – solar panels for water heaters

To get an idea of what solar costs in your state check out this infographic and decide it this might be a good fit for you:

Infographic: Cost of Solar

Of course it boils down to a personal decision. As I plan to be in my house more than 15 years I think this is a good return on my investment and allows me to become less dependent upon fossil fuels.  I am thrilled that my green friend gave me 5 solar panels.  Even though it will not make my home a net-zero energy home it will certainly reduce my dependency and my electric bill!

If you are reading this post as the first you might be wondering what the heck I am doing talking about the twelve days of Christmas after Christmas.  Follow this link and I’ll explain the reason for my posts.


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