By Cheril Lee, The Reader Thinking about installing solar panels on your home? There are some key questions you need to ask yourself first including: What is the current cost of your electric bill? How much electricity are you using on a daily basis? How much solar energy do you need to generate to offset that usage?
The number and placement of solar panels on your home will depend on the size of your house, the kind of surface area you have to work with as well as things like how many trees you have in your neighborhood.
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About the above photo: Habitat for Humanity of Omaha and Nebraskans for Solar raised funds to install a solar hot water system on this Habitat for Humanity home and three others. The systems, which typically have a lifespan of 25 to 30 years, save the homeowners about $1,000 a year. Photo Credit: Blake Johnson, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha
Nebraskans for Solar President, Eric Williams, one of the homeowners featured in Cheril Lee’s article, offers tours of his 3-kilowatt residential solar project, which generates clean, renewable energy for his energy-efficient house (90% of usage in the first year) and his electric car. His home is located in Omaha’s beautiful, historic Dundee neighborhood.