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Well, that is the flavor for today. The problem is that you have to rely on someone else for the gas. (NG or LPG) But, if you can have as much on gas as possible you would need less solar panels. I will use my house as an example. On average I use 4 kw hours a day to heat water. (This is good for electric heating) If I were to use Solar Panels for this electric (very bad idea BTW) I would need an extra 100o watts of panels. I also have an electric range. While it is hard to measure actual output, an educated guess would be 2 kW hours a day on average.

Without heat or AC running, I would use less than 10kW hours a day. This would be a more manageable solar array. (about 3kW for me) I could shave a little more off of that 10 kW hour number but it would be more of a hassle then it is worth right now. What I need to find is a heating and cooling system that runs off of solar thermal energy. Then the backup would be a gas-fired boiler. I will keep looking for this system.


I never wanted a house in the middle of nowhere. I also did not want a house where my neighbors were 30 feet on either side of me. But I do like my neighbors.

What I would like is about 5 acres. Half of it would be woods and the other half split between a small pond and flat open grassy area. (right now I have 0.5 acres and four trees.)

Ideally the house would be shaded by the woods and the solar array would be pole mounted away from the house.

As much as I like having a big yard I don’t like to mow it. I have read some on buffalo grass. Only needs mowed once a month and does not need to be watered. It is a native grass to North America.

Since we built this house nine years ago with our future children in mind, we will not be moving anytime soon. The dream will have to wait until the kids move out. (They are 5 and 2 right now)