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Average Annual Savings


Energy Needs Met

25% to 49%

of electricity

Net Investment


Return on Investment


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48, 215-watt solar panels, ground-mounted

Other Benefits:

“I love my solar energy system. Besides having a warm fuzzy feeling when I think about going green, there are so many benefits to home owners that it almost seems ridiculous not to look into solar energy”.

Maintenance Requirements:


Efficiency or Sustainability Improvements:

Home Energy Audit, CFLs

My Motivation:

With a backdrop of high energy prices, concern over global warming and a growing desire to achieve energy independence, the Blackwell household set out to make a monumental change.After disappointing conversations with BGE, The Blackwell’s started with one simple step – a Home Energy Audit. The audit recommended that they install ENERGYSTAR qualified CFLs (compact fluorescent light), unplug energy draining appliances, use a power strip so they could easily turn off electronics when they were not in use plus other energy saving initiatives. But, it just wasn’t enough. With a renewed desire to cut back, The Blackwell’s were motivated to reduce their electricity bill further when reviewing their annual electricity costs, a steep $7,550 per year. Powering up the Blackwell solar panel system has also reduced their carbon footprint, with a carbon offset of 865lbs. Within the same 10-day period the offset equivalent of planting 10 trees, saving 45 gallons of gas, and taking 26 cars off the road for a day. A carbon offset is a financial instrument aimed at a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, which are measured in metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) and represents six primary categories of greenhouse gasses.

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