I don’t know if it’s common where you live, but over here in SE Idaho it’s rare to go a week without a solar panel salesman ignoring your many “NO SOLICITING” signs to come knocking at the door. Seriously, I’ve had them come by during a snow storm and we both laughed about their tenacity before I told them I still wasn’t interested and to go home before they freeze to death.
So, over the years I’ve begun to notice that quite a few of our neighbors have had these solar systems installed. The young couple behind us is in the process of having their entire roof covered right now (it seems to be taking forever for the company to install theirs). There are four or five others close by who have already gotten theirs put up, all shiny and black in the sun.
Unfortunately I don’t know any of them personally so I can’t just ask outright if they are getting their money’s worth, but I am curious. It *seems* like it would be a good idea to have solar roof panels to offset energy costs, especially since we do get quite a lot of sun here.
But we also get a LOT of wind, too, which makes me think that one of those home wind generators might be an even better investment for “off grid” suburban homesteading. So why is no one around here selling THOSE door-to-door? 🤔
Our energy costs in Idaho are ridiculously low already, so shelling out thousands or tens of thousands of dollars to “save” money when you are already paying some of the lowest rates in the country for electricity seems a bit silly either way.
Our personal goal here isn’t to be “off-grid” in as much as we just want to be self sufficient if necessary, so one of those whole house generators for emergencies might be our best option. We have plenty of time to figure this out because I have to score us a winning lottery ticket before we can invest in any of these alternative energy systems anyway. 😄
Anyway, it’s something I’ll be looking into more in depth and I’ll probably write more about it but if anyone reading this has any experience with this topic feel free to weigh in. I’d love to hear from you!