10:00 am - 4:00 pm
5702 McKinley Lane
Richardson, TX 75082
DFW Solar Home Tour
Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Visitor’s hours: 10am -4pm
Renewable energy features.
Generating capacity kW: 5.76 kW
Installation date: Sept 2011 – March 2012
Equipment: 24 Astronergy CHSM6610P-240 PV panels and an Enphase M21 microinver and Enphase Envoy monitoring.
Solar Hot water
Installation date: September 2008
Equipment: Evacuated Tube Collector and 80 gallon water tank with heat exchanger.
*Two EV Household.. Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi MiEV18.
*18SEER Air conditioning that is 96% efficient.
*Home Energy Monitoring System
*Web Enabled Irrigation System
In order to reduce my carbon footprint I have two electric vehicles (Leaf and MiEV). To further reduce the footprint I have 24 PV panels, a solar water heater, and a radiant barrier installed at the house.
I am currently in the process of installing an 18 SEER A/C system and a condensing furnace that is 96% efficient. I am also adding a humidifier which can help you lower the energy usage in the winter by making you feel warmer at a lower temperature. The thermostats are wifi-enabled which means that I will be able to control the temperature of the house wherever I am in the world, which is great if you travel often and forget to change the temperature setting before you leave on a trip.
I also have a web-enabled sprinkler controller which means that I can change the watering schedule from anywhere in the world as well.
My solar panel installation can be monitored at the following URL: