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Clean Energy Provides 100% of Family's Electric Needs

This Franklin County family renovated their farmhouse in 2007 and cut their energy bills 60% through energy efficiency measures. They then installed a solar water heater and solar electric system, which now meet all of their annual electric needs.

“This was the best investment I’ve ever made,” said the homeowner and single mother of three. “I don’t have to worry about electric bills anymore and now my children know that they have better alternatives, too.”

The home uses a battery-free solar electric system that is connected to the local electric grid through a net-metering agreement with the local utility. Under net-metering, the homeowner is credited for any excess power they feed into the grid and has the utility available for back-up power when the sun is unavailable.

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