DIY Solar Energy and Efficiency Projects in Troy, Illinois

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Our monthly electric charges and usage for the past two years, with heating and cooling degree days overlaid.

Update: 29 January 2019

Savings on my power bill since May 2011:

about 44.0 MWHr of electric power (about $3500)


Since installing geothermal heating and cooling, our electric power consumption has changed significantly. In previous years, we used more power in the summer for cooling; now we use more power in the winter for heating (see the two charts above). We likely will need to add a few more solar panels to compensate, but, we'll monitor the situation for a few more months before making a decision.


Production Statistics

Economics of this Project

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The 5.7 kilowatt array on the roof and the hot water panels on the garage wall in April 2016.


Ever since the 1970's I've imagined having a solar home. Peggy and I finally made the plunge in 2011, when we bought a kit to install on our home in Troy, Illinois. We had bought the house the previous year, and had looked for one that would be relatively easy to adapt to solar energy. The house has a flat south-facing roof with few obstructions to cause shadowing, and has a large back yard so that I could control the "solar window". I did have some mature trees to cut down (including one oak tree that we really liked), but we figured we could grow more trees.

To read complete details of how I planned, purchased, and installed this project, see the Downloads page.

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