Is A Net-Zero Home Possible?

Igot an interesting question from a reader who is interested inpurchasing solar panels for their home that I want to share with youbecause it comes up very often.

can I put up enough solar panels on my roof to eliminate my entire bill? I want to be completely "off-grid" is that possible?

Answer:While there are many people out there that have offset their electricbills completely using a grid tie solar electric system most peoplewill not reach the dream of "never having to pay an electric bill"because of two major constraints. Wide open roof space pointing truesouth without and shading is key to generating as most electricity aspossible and obviously the budget, getting to net zero will require ahigh upfront investment.

A smarter more affordable approach isnot to eliminate your entire bill but find your highest cost ofelectricity per kWh and focus on eliminating your highest electricexpenses. Also you can focus on reduces your electric bill throughenergy efficiency and lower your bill first, then in the future whenyou are ready to install solar panels you would need as many to meetyour needs, thus reducing your upfront investment and getting closer tothe dream of never having to pay an electric bill again.

what do you think? how else can you make your home net-zero? do you think it’s possible to have a net-zero home?




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