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Old 05-29-2007, 03:32 PM
 
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Hello All,

Has anyone (or Do you know anyone who has) done Energy Efficiency changes or Renewable Energy (solar/wind etc) in their homes in Austin? Just want to talk to them and see what were actual expenses and how much it is paying off.

Thanks.
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Old 05-29-2007, 03:54 PM
 
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I'm in the process of getting a tankless water heater installed. The tax benefits/rebates are pretty decent, knocks about 1k off the price. Energy savings over the next few years make up the rest.

As far as solar/wind goes... that'll never be a sound decision based *purely* on financial reasons... there are some tax benefits, but nothing to merit it on ROI alone.
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Old 06-07-2007, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Rural Central Texas
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Hello All,

Has anyone (or Do you know anyone who has) done Energy Efficiency changes or Renewable Energy (solar/wind etc) in their homes in Austin? Just want to talk to them and see what were actual expenses and how much it is paying off.

Thanks.

Nobody I know has done much yet, still too expensive with too long a break even point. I know of one person who put in a few solar panels with a grid interface and were pleased with the results, but I don't think they were anticipating it would pay for itself at anytime in it's life expectancy. They were just trying to be green and enjoy some "in the moment" savings as a side benefit.
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