Power of the sun

Power of the sun

There are 5 comments on the Ferndale Pleasant Ridge Mirror story from Nov 7, 2010, titled Power of the sun. In it, Ferndale Pleasant Ridge Mirror reports that:

Kurt and Tanya Schultz were looking for ways to cut their energy bill and live in a more environmentally-friendly home.

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Solarman

Indio, CA

#1 Nov 7, 2010
Putting money into generating one's own energy is becoming cheaper as more people put in their own systems. It's has become less of a 'green' thing and more of a 'protection' thing. There are many ways to insure one's home. With the golbal economy in motion. Countries like India and China will demand more fossil fuel resources. The price will be driven up and it will cost more for a unit of energy if you don't find yourself another source. We spend a lot of money conditioning our living spaces, fighting the elements to keep comfortable. Using the sun to drive the living space conditioning is using one of the sources for the energy usage, the sun and its heat, light energy, to condition the living space. If solar PV comes down in price, you could also charge an electric vehicle or two. Self sufficiency is not necessarily a Hippee mantra or a survivalist rant, it is a responsible thing to do now and in the future.
Tony

Sterling Heights, MI

#2 Nov 8, 2010
Solar has not really shown enough efficiency to make it viable, at least in Michigan and without a glut of subsidies that all taxpayers contribute to. I prefer geothermal because the ground temp is always there regardless of the sun for the day. It's more consistent.
Solarman

Indio, CA

#3 Nov 8, 2010
Tony wrote:
Solar has not really shown enough efficiency to make it viable, at least in Michigan and without a glut of subsidies that all taxpayers contribute to. I prefer geothermal because the ground temp is always there regardless of the sun for the day. It's more consistent.
The basic system shown in the article is effective for wind and micro hydro power also. That may be a better solution in your area of the country. Geothermal heating and cooling would be a better fit in your neck of the woods. As for "subsidies that all taxpayers contribute.", there are programs there for ALL taxpayers to get some of their money back. Energy Star appliances to home upgrades in insulation, double and tripple pane windows, even some rebates on some vehicles. Leaving your tax money with the Government is not a wise course of action either. www.dsireusa.org
Tony

Sterling Heights, MI

#4 Nov 8, 2010
Solarman wrote:
<quoted text>The basic system shown in the article is effective for wind and micro hydro power also. That may be a better solution in your area of the country. Geothermal heating and cooling would be a better fit in your neck of the woods. As for "subsidies that all taxpayers contribute.", there are programs there for ALL taxpayers to get some of their money back. Energy Star appliances to home upgrades in insulation, double and tripple pane windows, even some rebates on some vehicles. Leaving your tax money with the Government is not a wise course of action either. www.dsireusa.org
I agree with everything. If you don't play the game, you lose.
They just completed that geothermal project at the Cultural Center. There's no footprint and it will pay dividends forever.
sosong

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

#5 Nov 9, 2010
Solar energy (as it is now) is still expensive,
hope research can bring down the price. It has to go down by at least 40% to make it an alternative that ppl may be willing to pay. Of course soaring oil prices can also help solar acceptance among the ppl.

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