Think about converting your water heater to solar energy. A water heater can represent upwards of thirty-five percent of a single home's energy use. While these costs may be lower upfront than the full power ones, solar water heaters can save you money sooner.
In recent years smaller solar systems have become available that the average person can use at a relatively low cost. They might not be able to power your home, but they can power many of your smaller electronics and help you reduce the amount of energy you consume. Search for some smaller systems to help reduces your carbon footprint.
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If you are wondering if solar energy is the right choice for you, why not try leasing a system first. This can reduce your payments dramatically while giving you the same benefits.