Solar power: an electrifying home project


“If you want to leave the smallest possible carbon footprint, you should consider switching to a solar electric (photovoltaic) system, or PV. Besides saving money on utility bills, PV systems reduce air pollution, stimulate the creation of green jobs and move the country closer to energy independence. Admittedly, it hasn’t moved the country much yet.

“Consider Collins Foots Sr., who lives in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, a neighborhood on the rise five years after Hurricane Katrina’s flood waters receded. Foots’ 1,200-square-foot home generates an electric bill of a frugal $38 per month, thanks largely to its PV system.

“I’m saving about $150 a month on my electric bill and I’m practically getting free energy from the sun,” he says.

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