One important foundation of a cost-effective, sustainable home energy system is energy efficiency and conservation; if you haven't already done appropriate 'due diligence' in this area, you might want to read or review the most recent article in this series, Energy Efficiency and Conservation. The savings one can realize by applying the economies of ideas like these can make the difference between a viable system for your budget and/or location ... or a perceived 'no go' conclusion that might be assumed given current rates of energy consumption. It does require a bit of discipline, research and care in analyzing current and proposed future energy usage, but it can pay off handsomely if, for example, you can end up with a system with half the cost (or even more savings) by judicious selection of appliances, other electrical loads ... and lifestyle choices.
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