Fred and Hadley Horch have both solar hot water and solar electricity on their home, systems that they installed almost exactly one year apart from one another. The Horch’s decided to reduce the energy they were using for their domestic hot water first and in 2012 installed 60 solar evacuated tubes on their south facing roof to provide for their domestic hot water. Whenever there is not enough sun to keep up with the domestic hot water load, the back up electrical element will come on to heat the tank. In 2013, the Horch family installed fourteen 240-watt SunPower panels connected to one SMA grid tied inverter which will produce close to 4,000 kilowatt hours of clean electricity each year.

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