We are remodeling our home. We want to add solar panels and efficient windows and not spend a lot of money. What's the best way to do this?

Asked by Melissa McCumber
Gary, TX

We have open range -- no shade after 7 am and before 8 pm; it's all open. We want to utilize this sunshine. It is an older 3-BR, 2-BA frame house, big kitchen and living area. It also has an attic fan. I need help with figuring out how to make improvements inexpensively.


Anthony Addesso

Answered by Anthony Addesso

Hawthorne, NJ

Addesso Architecture

August 24, 2010

Having that much sun is a great reason to use solar panels. Higher efficiency windows will also help, possibly with a UV-reducing solar window film in specific areas to reduce heat gain.

All the upgrades carry a cost, which is now a long-term investment for anyone wanting them. Your savings and the future increase in utility costs will give you the return on investment over time.

The best way to defer or lower your initial cost for these items is in rebates, tax credits, and other incentives from the government. Find a local green solar installer or utility that will help you get those rebates, but you do have to make the initial investment for the equipment and receive the rebates and credits afterward.


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Be sure to read Evan Little's Q&A "When we purchase a home I would like to upgrade to solar. What does it take and how much does it cost?"

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