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Most Solar Users Don’t Care About The Planet [Infographic]

Most Solar Users Don’t Care About The Planet [Infographic]

Sometimes it seems like people won’t voice their support for renewable energy simply because they don’t want to be labeled a hippie.

I know, I know, solar, wind, and other sources of alternative energy have been touted as good solutions because they cleaner and safer than fossil fuels and nuclear power. But of course, the environmental-friendliness of these energy sources isn’t their only benefit.

The team at One Block Off The Grid decided to do some research about who’s really going solar to find out whether the hippie stereotype holds up in the real world. I was pretty surprised at what they found out. How about you?

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7:41AM PDT on Apr 3, 2012

It is a good choice unless the material is from China!!!

2:07PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Andrew C, Lightning has a mind of its own. I have seen unprotected systems beside protected systems and the protected systems have often suffered the worse.

Grounding is #1, along with over-current protection, it will not always save an entire system but it can reduce the overall effect.

2:01PM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Past member, I have installed countless solar electric system, and guess what? We come to you, no matter how far away. I have long used my diesel motor home to arrive at the job site and we stay until we are finished.

By the way, my motor home electric comes by way of the sun and runs on biodiesel.

Good luck, with that solar installation.

10:31AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

After that use the energy monitor to get a general idea about how much electricity you are using on a regular basis, and consult your electric bills. This will give you some idea about what you need as a minimum system for your home.

You will notice power spikes when certain appliances are switched on (water heater, washer, dryer, etc), but you’re looking for what the “always on” KwH is like.

Shop around once you have that information. You will want a system that generates .5 to 1.0 KwH more than what you actually need, and you will also want to address what your nightly power consumption is by having enough stored battery power.

By doing all of the above, I have discovered that I can run my house completely on this 5 Kwh system

http://www.amazon.com/Grape-Solar-GS-2300-KIT-Residential-Grid-Tied/dp/B0049SPBL2

It is $10K without installation, and batteries, but if I had this in place it would pay for itself in 3 years because I would not have an electric bill.

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET: Whatever system you get, make sure you put a grounded lightning rod near your solar installation that is 4 feet taller than it.

What I have described is for an off-grid solar system. Call your power company for details about on-grid solar systems if you are interested in being compensated for any excesses electricity.

Subscribe to, and watch this guy:

http://www.youtube.com/user/solarcabin

Buy his book too. =)

10:30AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

We should give all the middle/poor class people solar panels so they can charge electricity back to their local electric companies. Give them electric cars too so that they never have to pay for gas, and make sure those cars have solar panels on them so they are always charging. The financial offset alone would dramatically help our economy.

Of course stupid people would rather you stay dependent on FILTHY energy sources like oil, and nuclear power. Solar power would upset the plans of stupid people to murder the middle/poor classes.

Cheap solar depends on what you buy, and what you are willing to do to use it.

They have private installation companies, and they even have one that's partnered with Lowes.
Businesses/stores get a bulk solar discount which they (hopefully) pass on to you, but they tack on the price of labor.

Doing it yourself saves you that cost, and it is really not that hard, but that does mean you have to do it yourself, and depending on your level of skill that can be worse than the extra cost.

Get these two things:
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-TLD100-Thermal-Detector/dp/B001LMTW2S

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-EM100B-Energy-Monitor/dp/B001ELJKLE

Find your ac/heat leaks, and seal them up. Then change out all your light bulbs inside/outside your house with LEDs. Preferably 1 watt, and white, but you can usually get better discounts with non-white colors. You can double up in areas that need more light.

After that use the en

10:30AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Solar Power
If you own solar panels you are producing your own electricity by harnessing the power of the sun. If you sell that electricity back to your local power company you are engaging in a transaction no different from what your local fast food restaurant does. You make the electric cheeseburger with your solar panel stove, they pay you for it, and then the electric company stuffs it in its fat face and eats it. Payment for services rendered!

Harnessing the power of the sun does not make you a socialist, commie, homosexual, or any other closet bogeyman that stupid people are so afraid of. It makes you an intelligent human being that's able to understand that if you can legally get something for free then why pay for it? If you can make money by legally getting something for free, and then selling it then why not do it? Anything less is stupid.

Put solar panels that create NO WASTE, and produce CLEAN ENERGY on your house. You will NEVER have an electric bill again, and if you produce enough energy you can charge it back to the grid, and GIVE the electric company a bill.

Most states will allow you to make up to $1000 a month or more charging electricity back to your local electric company. That's a $12,000 a year direct income that coupled with savings from not having an electric bill would net you around $15000+ yearly.

We should give all the middle/poor class people solar panels so they can charge electricity back to their local electric companies. Give the

10:29AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Whether a person "cares" or not, solar power is clean, and will make a huge difference in saving our planet.

10:28AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Global Warming
Global warming is real, and humans are causing it with environmental destruction, and pollution. This is a FACT.

“But Andrew, volcanoes put out more pollution than human made pollution sources. Derp Derp Herp Derp.”

All of our lives are at stake, and we cannot continue to lend credence to such dumb statements by repeating them.

Volcanoes, and other sources of “natural pollution,” are not pollution. They are a part of nature’s regular cycle that has been going on for millions of years that has already been accounted for, and adjustments made to accommodate it. That is why volcanoes can erupt without killing everything on the planet.

Human environmental destruction, and pollution is not accounted for, or accommodated by nature. Not only because it has not happened over millions of years, but because of the scope and volume of it.

Pollution is not comparative.

It is additive.

2 + 0 = 2 (Natural Cycle)

2 + 2 = 4 (Natural Cycle + Human Impact)

Our planet is dying, and we will die too if we don’t do something about it.

10:00AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

I would love to be able to get off the grid

5:13AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

I still think that solar power is the good choice

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