In addition to investing in energy efficient home appliances, perhaps we should also be thinking about energy-generating appliances. Plug-and-play solar systems could be an effective clean energy investment for US homes, if only the regulations and paperwork weren’t so burdensome. Although the US has seen massive growth recently in the adoption of solar electric systems, both for residential homes and for utility-scale power plants, there’s still a long way to go before the average citizen has easy access to clean energy. The price of a residential solar array, while continuing to drop every year, is still a significant amount of money, even after tax credits, and it isn’t a good fit for those who live in multi-unit buildings and don’t own their own roof, or those who rent their home.
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