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a net zero home, is it possible?

I got an interesting question from a reader who is interested in purchasing solar panels for their home that I want to share with you because 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 electric bills completely using a grid tie solar electric system most people will not reach the dream of “never having to pay an electric bill” because of two major constraints. Wide open roof space pointing true south without and shading is key to generating as most electricity as possible and obviously the budget, getting to net zero will require a high upfront investment.

A smarter more affordable approach is not to eliminate your entire bill but find your highest cost of electricity per kWh and focus on eliminating your highest electric expenses. Also you can focus on reduces your electric bill through energy efficiency and lower your bill first, then in the future when you are ready to install solar panels you would need as many to meet your needs, thus reducing your upfront investment and getting closer to the 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?

Author: Deep Patel

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