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post #11 of 13 Old 11-30-2012, 06:11 AM
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I considered solar for about 10 minutes, my electric untility will actually install them for free. The catch is you still have to pay for the power they generate (though at a lower rate than you normally pay).

The other catch they never tell you about solar panels is .... the extra cost whenever you need to re-roof your house. You will have to pay to get all the panels removed, and then re-installed. So unless you're putting a new roof up, or you plan on moving before you expect to need a new roof ... that's another big expense.
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I considered solar for about 10 minutes, my electric untility will actually install them for free. The catch is you still have to pay for the power they generate (though at a lower rate than you normally pay).

The other catch they never tell you about solar panels is .... the extra cost whenever you need to re-roof your house. You will have to pay to get all the panels removed, and then re-installed. So unless you're putting a new roof up, or you plan on moving before you expect to need a new roof ... that's another big expense.
That's the only reason I'm considering, I've almost finished building an extension and new garage and office. The whole lot has been re-roofed with colorbond roofing. Our electricity rates are going to start going through the that new roof thanks to this freakin carbon tax the government has introduced.
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Hi back- so far, most of the rooms (or areas) regester a temperature of 23-25 C, and during the summer it was about the same. But the different thermometers in the tank show a consistency of 26-27 without a plugged in heater, since July 6. The house's is a radiant heat, so we find it much more comfortable to live in, and use A/C ( and high ceilings etc.) some days in summer. This is our first year here, but the house heating/cooling seems to work very well, and to my surprise- the tank's temperature stability is a bonus!
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