From KSL.com – July 5, 2014, by Peter Rosen
Edited by Brent Sauser
KAYSVILLE, Davis County: When John Loveless peers up at the sun, he doesn’t see just another hot summer day. He sees dollar signs. Loveless, an electrical engineer, has monitored his energy bills for the last 14 years and has been interested in efficiency. So he installed a 26-panel, 6.2 kilowatt photovoltaic array, enough to cover about three-quarters of his family’s energy needs. He says in 2012 his annual bill for electricity came to $1.10. “That was a rough year,” he says. “I always jest that getting solar panels was kind of a gateway drug.”
Loveless cut his electric bill even more by making his house more efficient — using compact florescent and LED light bulbs, unplugging some devices that draw phantom power day and night, adding insulation and installing a device that recovers heat from the hot water that goes down the drain.
John hired a company to install a ground loop heat pump. It circulates liquid through pipes buried 300 feet under his yard, where the ground is a constant 56 degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter, it draws the heat up to the house and during the summer it sends the heat down to the ground. The pump runs on electricity which is generated by the solar array on the roof. Loveless says he once spent $5,500 dollars a year on energy — $3,500 for gasoline, $800 for natural gas and $1,200 for electricity. Now, he spends about $500.
“(There is a) realization that renewable energy is here now and doable and actually more affordable than staying with what we do now,” he says.
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