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ReBoot2009
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Agreed! Way too many people buy the solar panels first, then try to figure out what to do with them. This is “ass-backwards”! I recommend that you first calculate your current energy usage. Then you start to figure out how to drop that current number as low as you can. This is critical. Sustainable living is about reducing energy dependence, then figuring out how to generate the power you need, NOT the power you want. The geography has a lot to do with your planning. For example: Where I live we depend more on wind and hydro kinetic generation than solar. Yet I see people (too often) who move up here and invest several thousand dollars on solar collectors just to find their investment is largely wasted. They usually don’t admit it but we know how often we here their gasoline generator fired up.