Thank you so much for taking the time to reply! I am int eh fact finding stage and am seeking info before having someone who makes a comission off of this do an estimate. I also want to see if there are low or no interest loans for this sort of thing, or if the cost would be more resonable than I am assuming. I am not so much into loans, but if it would pay off (i love the earth and karma pay off, but I am also a realist and not independently wealthy), I would be down.
Our stove, dryer and water heater is gas. I am in a very sunny part of socal in the high desert in los angeles county, so solar is pretty popular here (new to the neighborhood, but as soon as I know my neighbors better will ask who did their's for more advice). Our home is about 2,200 square feet (it's cheap up here). Our home is facing west. Our largest roof slant is facing north west (I don't know if this make a difference).don't use a lot of electricity, but use a lot of gas during the winter (heater). I don't have a bill right now to look at my usage, but my electric is lower than most of my friend's who live in small apartments. Electric is never over 150, even when it's 110 degrees here. Are solar dealers more like salesman, or engineer and technician types? Is there a forum abotu this you can point me to? I've wanted to do this for so long, as I feel I do nothing but complain about lack of promotion for alternative fuel. I just want to do this before it turns into a fleeting thought, but I also want to be smart about it.
PS-there are quite a few posters out here, mostly up in the bay area, but also a few in san diego .