Solar panels on the roof of a home in Seattle. The panels supply power for the home and to charge two electric venicles.
The Pad shows power usage. The green curves are when the home is producing more power than it consumes and is sold to the electric utility. The red is typically at night when the home is consuming power from the grid.
1. We thought that we'd be able to trim our electrical usage down a little (maybe by eliminating our electric water heater and converting to gas)
1. Direct feed to the house means that you have to install some separate hardware between your house, panels, and grid with some smart switching inside that hardware, thus an increased cost for the installs.
1. Off the grid: We considered getting off the grid, but for the reasons mentioned above, we didn't want to do that at the time. Now that state incentives are coming to an end, I'm re-considering it, but am torn and asking myself am I doing it just to be tech geeky or when the big one/zombie apocalypse/WWIII comes do I have enough guns and ammo in the house to defend my beacon lights and hot water of comfort from the masses. Would I want to...I'd be the person that opens up the house to everyone and then some conservative with a big truck and more guns then me would just take it.
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