The trend of solar powered homes is moving from the popular west coast, nationwide, allowing homeowners to combat energy costs by giving back to the power grid. Some of these homeowners are even realizing a small profit. When Walmart is putting solar panels on their buildings, I think it's time that everyone else start thinking about it.
What is curbing energy consumption? The answer is really common sense. Builders are smartly designing the layout of homes and features such as dual paned windows, air tight duct work, high caliber wall andattic insulation are considered with great detail. When paired with solar energy, which is captured through panels these homes are feeding electricity back into the grid.
It is true that in the sun-scarce days of winter, energy consumption is greater than generation, but in the sunny summer days, energy generation is FAR greater than consumption. Solar panels are declining in price, making it seem more available to everyone. Solar energy has dropped 50 percent over the last two to three years from about $8 per watt to $4 per watt. It is possible to zero out your energy costs!!
Think about green construction if you are planning on building your dream house, or even if you just want to drastically reduce your carbon footprint.