Solar Homeowners Robert Spottswood & Deborah Pullin
5 kW installed by Home Comfort Warehouse in May 2013
We wanted to go solar for a very long time, but the extra money was never there. Finally a small inheritance came along in 2013. We immediately put 20 solar panels on our south-facing roof.
All through the summer months we generate a surplus of electricity for which the power company gives us a running credit. Then all through the winter months we draw down our credit, not paying an electric bill until about March when the accumulated credit runs out.
Going solar really helps us think about our power habits, because we have a chance to pile up credit much of the year. We turn out lights. We use those $5 LED bulbs from Fogg's hardware. When we turn on our oven (electric), we try to bake at least two dishes at a time – for instance, a casserole and a pan of sweet potatoes.
Finally, we took the leap and leased a Nissan Leaf! With utility bills in the minus numbers, we are enjoying a reliable electric car for local errands and also slower, non-freeway trips as far as Concord, New Hampshire.