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Looking Down From the Roof Cleaning Solar Panels

With electric bills soaring to over $700 a month in the hot San Joaquin Valley summer, we switched to solar several years ago. Dust deposits cut back on their efficiency by about 13% according to my husband who watches the bill carefully. So early in the morning about every six weeks he climbs up on the roof.Looking DownHe scrubs the solar panels down with a long brush, the hose and a long squeegee. Up on High001Our bill was about $20 the first YEAR and about $115 lastYEAR, and you know the rates did not go down.Up on High002I want to give a shout up to him for taking such good care of things at our home. Thanks VP. You earned some well deserved R & R.Up on High003What would you like to do? Up on High005I know.  Pick up another long stick, and play in the water.

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  1. I agree with Sylvia about the top photo. It’s great. 😀
    Although everything is electric in my apartment I decided to have installed a water heating solar panel with a 200 litre tank containing an immersion heater for when it’s cold and the sun is covered by cloud (which is hardly never here in Spain). Steam comes out of the tap/faucet in the summer. Oh boy ! Anyway, that reduced my bill dramatically. I did consider electric solar panels, but the cost and mess of installing in my concrete & tiled home outweighed the bills, as most of the electricity bill is charges and taxes anyway.
    The panel is self cleaning and its angle is much steeper than yours MVBFM. So I don’t need a brave V to go onto the roof.
    Have you let him come down yet Marsha ? 😉 xox ❤

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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