A Watershed Moment: Home Solar

This week’s Watershed Moment features Alliance for Environmental Sustainability Executive Director Brett Little, who discusses the prevalence of home solar power in Michigan.

“We see homes in Michigan that do have solar up,” said Little, who noted that some people have oriented their houses so that “anywhere from 60 to 70 percent of their energy needs” year-round come from solar energy.

Little suggests the first step to take when considering a move to solar power is to check household appliances to see how much energy they use.

Equally important is “making sure you don’t have ‘vampire power,’ which means you’re just leaving devices plugged in all the time,” said Little.

To listen to the episode, click here.

A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life. Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Mondays at 8:30 a.m, and Thursdays and Sundays at 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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  1. Iamsolar
    Iamsolar says:

    Why only 60-70% of power provided to households by solar? Love your blog, and follow it often, but this article is weak. We have over 90 homes getting 100% or more of their electricity generated by solar energy here in SE Michigan. Watch them talk about their systems on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/MESsolar/videos Our favorite video is the retired homeowners talking about their systems in Washington and Livonia, MI. Unscripted and unrehearsed. Solar works in Michigan, we may not get a lot of sunlight but we get enough to do it all.

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