Back in 2003, we self installed 12 solar panels on our garage roof. The City of Pasadena solar rebating us 2/3rds of the cost.  This was something that we couldn’t pass up!  They made solar affordable to common resident.  By producing our own green power, it was one more step in making the Urban Homestead more self- sufficient.

With our energy use being at 6.5 KWH a day, the solar panels are able to produce nearly 3/4 of our energy for the year.  For the other 1/4, we opted to pay the few extra cents for the city’s green power program.  The Urban Homestead’s energy source is either sun or wind – both renewable.

Our DIY solar project is highlighted in the Kids Book Series GREEN TEAM.  In fact you can purchase a copy at our online store.

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  1. heather says:

    LOVE IT! Thanks for the info!

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  3. Green Jay says:

    Excellent, I would love to try using solar panels in our home. Did you build and install the solar panels yourself or did you hire someone to do it? I am handy around the house but shy away from playing with electricity.

  4. JakeyM says:

    Well said, but we all need to acknowledge that adding Solar to their home is an asset that should increase the long term value of their residence if / when they make a choice to sell. With the environment the way it is going we are unable to disregard any solution that presents totally free energy at no cost to both the customer and more significantly the earth!

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