My new "older" home & whole home solar
I've recently relocated to the Clear Lake area in CA and am very interested in upgrading to whole home solar; electricity, radiant flooring and hot water. I'm the only resident, approximately 1400 sq foot ranch style home, one level with wooden foundation with crawl space. Home has really not been updated, except for HVAC system, since construction in the 80s; VERY energy inefficient.
I'm a solar novice although have done quite a bit of reading. I'd really like some input from the gurus out there on viability based on a sole occupant and options; looking to do hydra not electric. The flooring has to be replaced regardless; currently combo of carpet, hardwoods and tile. Looking to replace with either tile or concrete for radiant heat conduction.
Any info, suggestions, help is greatly appreciated. Although I'm handy, I won't be able to DIY unless minor stuff.....
My electricity provider is PGE; I'm not looking to get off grid entirely, at least not now.
Thanks very much for allowing me to join, and post.
Posted Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:05
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