We have Solar Cells on the roof of our house!Whats about you?

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@aaidjs (1149)
Croatia (Hrvatska)
November 6, 2007 12:24am CST
Few years ago we install solar cells on the roof of our house.We invest about 25.000$ for solar cells!!That was big investing but we are very satisfied!!Now we have lot warm water whole year,during winter time we don't need any extra energy like electricity,oil or wood . We safe more than 500$ a month during winter time!House have 700m2 and 4 floors and before this investing we had a lot problem with electricity bills!!Now we don't think about electricity and bills!!What you think about solar cells? I forgot to tell that this kind of energy is a clean energy safe for our earth!!Warm Regards Silvana
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@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
6 Nov 07
Good discussion - thank you, aaidjs. Very interesting and that was great stuff to have as it really cut cost for electricity bill. But in my country it is under testing for commercial use and to reduce the selling price as well. Not many can afford to have that huge solar cell. That is why that material still finding the solution for reducing production cost.
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@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
6 Nov 07
Hi there!!Yes it is still very expensive for any family but that was my dream to be independent. During the war we had to leave without electricity and that was so displeasure experience. That was the first thing that we want to do after terrible experience of leaving without electricity!! Warm Regards Silvana
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@goodsign (2287)
• Malaysia
6 Nov 07
Oh yea, I forgot during war time!!! you're truly right. Thanks.
@maryqnn (24)
• Hong Kong
6 Nov 07
That is so great! aaidjs! I want to know a little more about that. How about the maintenance cost? do you need to work with the weekly/monthly clean up or something like that? It is cool!
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@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
6 Nov 07
Hello ,It is so simple system!!You put that cells on the roof and you have no monthly or yearly job for service or cleaning!!You have to replies cells if they are broke,but that have to be tornado or something unsuspecting from the sky!!The biggest problem is the first invest!!You need lot off money just to put that system on the roof or in your yard!Regards Silvana
@toteles (148)
• Philippines
6 Nov 07
wow, that's cool. I have a question, solar energy is a energy coming from the sun right? What if there is no Sun the whole day, does it still gets energy from the sun?
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@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
6 Nov 07
Hello, solar cells select energy of sun,not only direct sunshine but also light!!You only need light from sun!!During the winter time it can be problem if you leave in country where no sun lights at all,but you collect energy in cells and there is no problem for few days without sun!!I leave in the Mediterranean region and we have sun whole year like in south California!!If you want you can also use wind energy, that will be our next investment. Silvana
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@drannhh (15235)
• United States
6 Nov 07
That is wonderful. If I built a house it would be a combination of rammed earth and straw bale with solar panels on the roof and a stream running through the middle with fish. But back to reality, we live in a condo. It is a really nice building, though, with gorgeous blue tile roofs and these insulate beautifully. When we are gone all summer, we come back here and it can be 110F (43C) degrees outside and when we first go in it will be around 80F (27C?)even though we are not in an area where it cools down at night. Of course when we start going in and out, then we need the air conditioning, as the hot air outside rushed right in. That is a good savings! It sounds like you will very soon break even on your investment, and then, you see, you are also not dependent upon others.
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@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
6 Nov 07
Hello Dear,I am so satisfied with this sort of energy and yes we are not dependent upon others!My uncle built new house/,we call it here clever house/ with special form,walls and he safe a lot,he don't need electricity at all!!I hope that you will have your house from dream!Have a nice Day Silvana
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@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
6 Nov 07
solar - my house in macedonia that has solar system instaled
we have them in macedonia not in Australia. We gad 4 panels 2 on each side of the roof. And we had hot water from about april till november then it was not warm enough so we used the water from the heater (the heating sistem - parno). So we never ever used electricity to heat water well ok maybe if it was raining during summer for few days and the water could not warm up.
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@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
6 Nov 07
Hi Dear!!I am proud on our Balkan peoples!!We are rally clever and we know how we have to leave with our Mother Earth!!It is a rally shame that you haven't solar cells in Australia!!You have lot of sun there!!You have to write your government representative and ask him/her/ to do something about that!!Regards Silvana
• Australia
7 Nov 07
Oh there are solar systems available the point is I cant afford one and its not worth it in a way as to purchase it it would be at least $5000 I spend about $1000 on elecricity and gas and If I have that installed I would save lets say $500 so it would take 10 years for me to brake even. And melbourne is not all thet sunny and hot.
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
6 Nov 07
Good evening, aaidjs. I am very glad that you have made a very satisfactory investment that helps save a lot of money. It is really a very good and environmently-friendly idea to use solar cells. Well after I bought my new apartment five years ago, my wife and I used to think about installing a solar cell on the roof, but as we didn't want to get our walls to be damaged by having to let the tubes come into the house, we gave up finally. Now more and more people are using solar cells, but we have already spent so much for the electric heater and gas heater in two bathrooms. If we have to renew it, then we are wasting our money spent on it as they are stil in very good condition and in good use. I think that we will still them for a few more years before we renew them by installing solar cells on the roof. Thanks for the information and discussion very much.
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@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
6 Nov 07
Thank you dear friend!!Have a nice evening!!Silvana
@andben (1076)
• Italy
6 Nov 07
Great!!! Solar cells are the future. We can have warm water and electricity with no impact on the earth. I like solar cells, I don't have them yet but I'm planning to buy them.
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@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
6 Nov 07
Great for you!!Thanks for your contribution!!Regards Silvana
@youless (98302)
• Guangzhou, China
6 Nov 07
I think you do it very well in this aspect. It can save energy and also money. Although it seems you have to invest a lot for it at first. Unfortunately we don't have solar cells here. It is not popular at all. I don't know why because I think if more families use it, then it can save a lot of energy.
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@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
6 Nov 07
Hi again, it will be the best if whole neighborhood want put solar cells!!Price will be more acceptable!But if we all start to use solar cells what will be with the electricity business!!Who will buy electricity? Regards Silvana
@alamode (3073)
• United States
6 Nov 07
Our daughter had one on her house before... it was just used to pre-heat the water before it went to the water heater, but it saved them a lot of money! There isn't sun here very often, but there are many homes with solar cells on them in our area. Even a little help is good when it comes to electricity bills!
@aaidjs (1149)
• Croatia (Hrvatska)
6 Nov 07
Hello, yes the price of electricity is so high and it will be more in the future!!Thanks for posting!!Silvana
@Uroborus (910)
• Canada
8 Jan 08
I would rather get a passive solar collector for my house instead of solar cells. Not only are solar cells so costly that you most likely will not get back the money you invested before the cannot be used anymore, but it also takes more energy to produce solar cells right now than the energy you will likely get out of them. Passive collecters are cheap and will provide plenty of hot water.
• Philippines
7 Nov 07
wow! that's cool, here in our country, i dont have seen yet such kind of power generating or machine, its good, but expensive i guess..
• Australia
7 Nov 07
Wow you do save a lot! Unfortunately I'm renting at the moment so I won't be able to get solar cells. I'm planning after I buy a house to get them though! I've a lot of great things about them!
• United States
6 Nov 07
I would love to install solar panels on my home. The cost is a lot and we are moving soon. I think we will instal panels on our next home if we feel like it is some where we will be staying longer.
• Romania
6 Nov 07
Yes i think that solar energy is our future.More houses should have more of that energy.As for me i do not have solar cells but in the near by future this is a solution.Good for you for saving the environment ;)
@limcyjain (3523)
• India
6 Nov 07
We have given a thought to this alternative source of energy as this is clean and has a very low maintance cost but never ended up doing so because of the initial cost of installation. Your discussion has been quite reassuring on this issue and i would give this a second thought now and see if we can go for this source of energy. The govt too is offering some sops for promoting this source here in india.