Now you are trying to get me to buy all sorts of technology, a cell phone, a smart one at that plus whatever I would need for a smart home (I have no idea)
Mike in NH, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t use either CFL or LED bulbs- not very much difference in efficiency there so I don’t know where you get the 90% figure from. A new roof for my house is about $15000 right now.
I was getting quotes from Solar City because they have a huge new plant in Buffalo and emailed me a link to their online calculator and all I had to provide them is my address and they use google earth to do the calculations.
At my age I have no interest in going solar and even if the price was $20,000, I would be long dead before any possible payoff. I have gas heat, stove, and hot water tank and they cost a lot less to heat things than electricity.
The house I grew up in was completely insulated, had no furnace and A/C was unheard of back then. with no insulation, there was no need for storm windows or doors We had a Moore Gas heater in the living room that heated part by heated air from the vents on top but more by radiation from the glowing panels on the front. If you were cold, you moved your chair closer. A large piloy light kept the chill off the cooking and a small hot water tank in the bathroom kept it fairly comfortable. There was no insulation on the tank, just galvanized metal. The floor above was unheated bedrooms with thick blankets, I don’t recall being uncomfortable. The house is still in use today.
We had relatives with a house of similar vintage 1870-90s that cooked with a wood stove that was their only heat and pumped their water with a hand pump in the front yard. Obviously they had an outhouse,This was in Western NY near the PA border.
I have a three bedroom house, the heat is shut off in all three bedrooms unless we get company.