Here Comes the Sun
Please check out the solar power widget on my sidebar.
It will take you to a site that will allow you to determine whether solar power will work for you.
Ferinstance—I live in Florida, so it's a no-brainer. Of course solar will work for me.
But, at the website, I was able to find out what government incentives are available [with Federal and State funding, my price for standard solar panels drops from $35,000 to $13,000].
The calculator also projects the inflation of energy costs in the future and tells you, assuming you take out a loan to pay for the system, when your system will begin turning a profit either by simply saving you energy or through a sell-back system.
And, check this out!
A new solar film is due out soon. The company producing it is called Konarka Energy. The film weighs considerably less than solar panels and can be installed on virtually any roof. It's far cheaper than silicon panels, too.
Put all those facts together and—well—it's another no-brainer.
I don't think Florida has a sell-back program yet—but, when it does, I'll be ready!
I'll keep you posted when the film becomes available and I start shopping around for it.