A microbiologist by profession and a self-proclaimed environmental activist by experience, David has centered his life around planet conscious living.
A few years ago he took that effort into his home. It started with an exhaustive 6 month search for the perfect house to Go Solar in! (We really like that part!)
Once he found the home the first move was actually to install a heat pump. In the photo above you can see him standing next to his gas line. It’s capped.
He has not used any gas for a full two years.
The second step was to do weatherizing and upgrades to the home to make it more efficient. And then…finally… it was time for a solar array.
David actually had a smaller array installed to begin with; 10 kilowatts total. The original system covered his needs efficiently enough, but then…………he bought the Tesla!
This is a hot car. It has been called a man’s vehicle but David assures us that it gets the attention of quite a few ladies. (This gal can attest, the car is beautiful.) There is nothing gender biased about it. But the car deserved solar power to run on so an upgrade to a larger array was necessary.
Currently David’s home can generate up to 13.2kw of power! If you are new to the concept of solar what you need to know is that is A LOT!
Right now he is producing 160% of what he actually uses. Because of the way net metering works, (net metering in WA is a little complicated so make sure to give this a look to learn more), he actually gives some power back to the PUD every year. This is on top of what he uses and what he is incentivized by the state!
For David this is not a problem. He made an active choice to get an array that was larger than his energy use demanded.
FYI our standard is to sell people an array that provides as close to 100% coverage as possible. What this means is that they only buy a system that is sized to fit their needs.
In his own words David says, “My allegiance to fossil fuels is no longer.” If you are looking to him with a bit of envy you are not alone. His green life is a Dream for many of us.
This month David and his wife will be making a pilgrimage with the Tesla; a cross country trip covering a span of 8000 miles with intent to show off how an electric car can now traverse the USA. The trip will be taking him all the way to New York, by way of Florida, just in time for the UN meeting on Climate Change.
As a member of the Citizens Climate Lobby his intent is to attend the Peoples March For Climate Change Action on the 21st of September. The hope is to draw the attention of the UN to the simple fact that ACTION needs to be taken NOW in regard to the looming climate crisis.
David has promised me he will be blogging throughout this so stay tuned. We will periodically post his updates on facebook and twitter.
This link opens a pdf copy of the electric “bill” David just got from Snohomish PUD. Bill is in quotations because he does not pay the electric company. What you see is a credit owed to him from the electric utility.
Actually he has not paid the electric company in two years either!
You know, an assessment of your home is a free no-obligation low pressure experience……………..
Have a great week All,
At this time we want to extend a special thank you to David and his wife for hosting our second successful Solar Open House this past weekend. As one of our most outspoken advocates and fans WE APPRECIATE YOU!!!!!