Tuesday, May 12, 2009
LOVE the Solar Panels!
*This is not where we chose to install the panel. It ended up on the roof.
It's been 4 days now. The guys said that we wouldn't be able to tell a difference - it would be just like having our regular hot water heater. They were wrong. It's so much better! First of all, the capacity of the new tank is more than double the old one so all 7 of us can bathe on the same day and run the dishwasher. That we couldn't do that before had never struck me as inconvenient - it was just a fact of our lives. After 4 short days, I'm totally spoiled. Clean kids AND clean dishes? Shut up!
The guys had to come back this morning because the inspector said they needed to extend a pipe out to blah blah blah. While they were here, Dawn asked them about a panel to offset some electricity costs. He explained it this way - Our house will use the power gained from the panels first. If we don't use all of that power, Gulf Power, the electric company will give us credit. So actually, while the sun is shining, our neighbors are also running off of our panels. We are basically selling our power to the power company.
As Dawn explained this to me, I got a goofy grin. She actually had to stop talking and lean down to kiss me quickly before continuing. You see, she's my panel. She makes more than enough energy and good vibes, so she powers me also. I am her lucky duck neighbor.
You all have permission to throw up now.