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Scattered Sundays – Sustainable Cooks

About two weeks in the past, somebody from our photo voltaic putting in firm got here out to do a “hand-off”. He walked us via upkeep, guarantee data, and answered all our questions. I understood about 12% of the tech data he shared, however he was tremendous affected person with our lack of understanding.

I had gone into this considering that our “Tremendous Bowl” of energy technology can be from Might-early October, and the tech confirmed that. However he dropped a factoid that shocked me. As a lot as 60-70% of our energy technology for THE YEAR will happen in these 4 months. Bananas!

We’ve had loads of questions on our expertise right here and on Instagram. I’m going to do my greatest right here to share the way it labored for us, and different issues that you must think about. Photo voltaic isn’t going to be for everybody, and particulars differ across the nation, however it may very well be an important match for many individuals.

Welcome to my Ted Speak on “So, You’re Considering About Getting Photo voltaic”

Right here is the method that we adopted. First, I emailed some native corporations asking about their course of/waitlist/lead time. Second, that they had me e mail them our bodily tackle in addition to a replica of our energy invoice exhibiting utilization for the final 12 months.

They used Google Earth to have a look at our roof, surrounding treeline, and so on., to estimate if we might be good candidates for photo voltaic. They then supplied us with an estimate of what number of panels we would wish and the place they’d go on the roof and the overall value together with the estimated federal tax rebate.

Oh, and so they additionally gave us an estimate of how lengthy it could take earlier than the system paid for itself/broke even. This was necessary for us to determine if the funding was price it.

As soon as we marinated on the thought for a bit, we chosen an organization that we preferred and so they got here out, climbed on our roof, and took gentle readings. Based mostly on that, they revised the position of the place the panels can be positioned.

From what I perceive, most corporations will attempt to create a system for you that can generate 90-100% of your annual energy wants. Our native energy firm doesn’t purchase again extra technology, so if we produce greater than we want yearly, it’s primarily a “reward” to the ability firm.

Initially, our plan was to avoid wasting up for our panels in order that we might pay for them in money. However with rates of interest going up, plus the availability chain being wonky, we thought that it could be extra advantageous for us to start out this course of sooner fairly than later.

The corporate we labored with really helpful an area credit score union that points loans particularly for photo voltaic. It was a very simple course of and all the things was dealt with on-line. They provided loans wherever from 1 to fifteen years.

Photo voltaic shouldn’t be low cost and appears out of attain for a lot of households. I believe that the business is doing an actual disservice to folks by not explaining this subsequent half to everybody. Normally, when you had been to decide on a 10-15 yr mortgage for the panels, the month-to-month mortgage fee would principally substitute your month-to-month energy fee.

Mentioned one other method, many individuals might primarily substitute their energy invoice with a photo voltaic mortgage fee. For most individuals, a month-to-month energy fee is a perpetually factor. If executed accurately, the photo voltaic panels pays for themselves earlier than the mortgage is due. After that, (generally) it’s primarily free.

Our panels are estimated to pay for themselves in about 10 years and include a 25-year guarantee. The guarantee contains (free) alternative if wanted, drive time for the techs, troubleshooting, monitoring, and upkeep.

Our system is ready up for internet metering. Because of this through the day, our panels are producing energy and sending it to the grid. And when the solar goes down, we’re utilizing energy from the grid.

We don’t have a battery system, and if the ability goes out, we’re in the identical boat as everybody else. Battery techniques can run you $30-45k along with the price of the panels. Arduous go!!

From Might via early October, our panels will probably be producing far more than we’re utilizing. The worth of all that additional vitality is “banked” in our account. When the times get shorter and we produce much less, we begin to attract from that surplus.

All issues thought of, if all the things goes accurately, we won’t ship a dime to our energy firm going ahead. Fingers crossed! A good friend of mine obtained photo voltaic just a few years in the past and lives in a local weather the place they use AC lots. Yearly they nonetheless owe about $600 a yr, however that’s an enormous lower from what they used to pay for energy.

Our system went totally on-line on April ninth. We generated 866.4 kWh in April, regardless of it being the coldest and third grossest April on document in Seattle within the final 45 years. Unsubscribe!

2 photos showing solar output for solar panels

Monetary issues to think about/inquiries to ask:

  1. As of now, the federal tax credit score for photo voltaic expires in 2024. I believe it must be prolonged, however oddly sufficient, I don’t make legal guidelines.
  2. Does your state have a state tax credit score? Washington now not does. And we don’t have a state earnings tax so we are able to’t write it off.
  3. Does your native energy firm provide a rebate? Do they provide incentives? Will they “buy-back” extra kWh which were generated? In the event that they purchase again the surplus, it’s possible you’ll get a verify annually for what you produced over what you used.
  4. Can they design the system in a method that lets you broaden sooner or later if wanted with out main reconfiguration of the system? In our case, we are able to add as much as 5 extra panels with out them needing to make any adjustments to the bins, monitoring management panels, and so on. That is necessary if for some purpose our vitality wants change, like getting an electrical car, extra folks being added to the home (hell no), or we determine to start out a crypto producing farm. You understand, ’trigger that’s possible.

I’m pretty sure that’s all I do know up to now about photo voltaic. However, in case you have any questions or want particulars elaborated, please drop a word within the feedback and I’ll do my greatest to reply them!

a grid of photos of a little boy.
You allow your cellphone unattended for 30 seconds…

Within the Backyard This Week

That is formally the stupidest springs within the historical past of spring. What on this planet is happening?! It’s chilly (we had frost this week!!!), gray, gloomy, and so windy. Final Mom’s Day I used to be out strolling in shorts and a tank. This Mom’s Day I used to be nonetheless sporting two layers on my stroll.

Hear climate, I perceive you’re having large emotions proper now, however I’ve a backyard that wants some solar and warmth, and a few photo voltaic panels that need to be producing a crap ton of extra vitality to financial institution for winter. Take a deep breath and get your ish collectively.

Our lettuce is coming alongside properly however SLOWLY as a result of lack of warmth. Even with a plastic row tunnel, it’s limping alongside at a snail’s tempo. The opposite seeds I planted are simply as confused as the remainder of us and have barely sprouted.

I normally plant the solar worshipers (tomatoes, cukes, inexperienced beans) on Mom’s Day or when there are 7 days of nighttime temps which are 50F or above. Nope, we’re nonetheless rocking 38F-43F for the subsequent 10 days. Impolite.

Regardless of the chilly temps, the brand new strawberry crops are doing properly. I see some flowers on the crops, however no child berries but. Often, we’re choosing strawberries by late Might, however I don’t see that occuring this yr!

Between replanting the strawberry mattress and the chilly temps, it’s going to be a berry unhappy strawberry season. No, YOU SHUT UP.

pink flowers on a ground.


Should you’ve beforehand listened to the podcast, The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill (I really helpful it months in the past), the sequence launched a bonus episode this week on the writing of the deeply poignant theme track from the podcast.

They interview the lead singer of the band who wrote the track after leaving Mars Hill Church. The singer and the host focus on how this track has now tied the band to the toxicity of Mark Driscoll. It’s a captivating dialogue.

What I’m studying this week

I used to be capable of end Actually Madly Responsible and I actually loved it! Liane Moriarty is de facto actually good at writing about marriage. One in every of my favourite books, What Alice Forgot, is a main instance of that and this e-book is as properly.

I’m again at it with By no means by Ken Follet. I’m positive I’ll have an replace on it in 2023.


Christine left this five-star evaluation on our Strawberry Waffles {Pin this recipe}:

I made a halved model of those waffles final week as a result of I had a small quantity of buttermilk to make use of up and a brand new field of strawberries. They had been gone earlier than that they had even cooled down sufficient to not burn the roofs of our mouths. I made them once more this week as a result of all of us wished extra. And it received’t be lengthy earlier than I make them once more. Do they freeze properly? Couldn’t inform you. Two adults and one 8 yr completed off all the things over the course of a protracted, lazy morning. 

Strawberry waffles topped with sliced strawberries and whipped cream


No Churn Peanut Butter Ice CreamSelfmade no-churn Peanut Butter Ice Cream is a simple and creamy recipe that you simply’ll need to make time and again. 4 components and simply 5 minutes of hands-on time for a simple and scrumptious dessert. {Pin this recipe}

a grey bowl with peanut butter ice cream on a wooden board with a spoon.

Cucumber Mint WaterThis refreshing Cucumber Mint Water is so scrumptious and is made with none added sweeteners. Good for events, barbecues, or for every day hydration, this wholesome drink has wonderful advantages and an important taste. {Pin this recipe}

2 glasses and a pitcher full of cucumber mint water.

Banana Protein BallsThese wholesome no-bake Banana Protein Balls are so tasty! These simple snacks are loaded with dates, cashews, and dried bananas. Mini chocolate chips are an non-obligatory however scrumptious addition. {Pin this recipe}

a blue dish with 8 banana protein balls on a wooden platter.


Monday:: Testing a brand new recipe that has been on the listing for weeks however retains getting bumped as a result of…life.

Tuesday:: A brand new air fryer recipe that I would like to check that additionally retains getting bumped. Impolite.

Wednesday:: Take out from an area small enterprise on our method house from Jack’s cross nation meet.

Thursday:: Troy is making one thing.

Friday:: Popcorn, leftovers, and film evening.

Saturday:: Air Fryer Taquitos, Garlic Butter Rice (I’ve some within the freezer), and salad.

Sunday:: TBD. Possibly a bonus film evening as a result of I’m normally over everybody and all the things by Sunday evening.

What are you having this week?



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