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Reader Q&A: Go Off-the-Grid with Solar in Baltimore?

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Going solar, buying climate-friendly electricity, and fixing your leaky home are affordable and realistic.
Going solar, buying climate-friendly electricity, and fixing your leaky home are affordable and realistic.

A Baltimore Fishbowl reader commented after reading Md. Climate Scientist: Baltimore Summers will Be Long and Intolerable.

Sarah wrote: “I would love to have practical and realistic info on how to be more energy efficient while living in a 100-year-old brick house in the Baltimore City heat island. Some of the solar panel leasing companies won’t put panels on a flat roof; and it’s unclear how much structural change would be required to install solar panels on the roof-tops here. I will be ready to act when I am confident that we can power our home independent of “the grid” and have reliable service for our installation of choice. Given the current political climate, our choices are currently iffy, costly, and insecure.”

Sarah- I have good news: It’s a sunny time to go climate-friendly. Your suggested to-do list, and what you need to know is below.

Wind Power Costs the Same as BGE’s Coal

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You can switch to 100% wind energy and cut your carbon footprint by 25% without paying more than you do today.
Switch your home to 100% wind energy and cut your carbon footprint by 25% without paying more than you do today.

If you pay a BGE bill, we have some good “green” news for you. You have the option to choose a clean electricity supplier for your home. This low-hanging-fruit change means the money you spend on electricity each month goes to wind farms, rather than to coal-fired plants. The best part is that it’s priced the same as BGE. On average, choosing wind for your home cuts your carbon footprint by 25 percent – that’s 15 times more meaningful than switching one lightbulb to a CFL. Here’s how:

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