Energy Stories

Our House Goes Solar

Impetus

Last heating season (2007 - 2008), we paid over $4,000 for heating oil! Our hot water was luke warm. Our house was often chilly and drafty. We decided enough was enough!

We watched oil prices jump to over $140 a barrel in the summer of 2008, and then fall back to $105 by September. We realized that no one could predict what would happen next, so calculating "paybacks" for money spent to replace our current system would probably not be that useful. We decided that the best course of action would be to disconnect our finances from the price of fossil fuels as much as possible.

Then, we looked at the world around us. Fossil fuel "production" was clearly already having an impact on our natural surroundings (including mining, drilling, refining, spills, etc.). We concluded that pumping oil out of the ground for a one-way trip into our atmosphere as combustion byproducts made no sense in light of how the rest of nature works (everything in nature is recycled).

We listened to the debate about climate change ("global warming") and, in spite of the controversy, it made sense to us to go with reasonable doubt. That is, if there's even a chance that we're damaging the atmosphere, why take that chance? If it's true, which it seems to be, why wait until it's too late? The technology is available to do better, much better, so why not use it?

And, as a result, we might never have heating bills that high ever again.