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  •  the synergy between PV and EV Cars (4+ / 0-)

    will be  a huge stabilizer for the future.

    EV cars will soon be  a lot cheaper
    and with PV on your house you will be making
    not just power but fuel.

    •  Alas.... (2+ / 0-)
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      jplanner, belinda ridgewood

      I see myself renting studio apartments once I move away from where I am now. Getting those panels in apartment complexes, now THAT'S the kicker....

      •  that's me, now. Hard to be sustainable (1+ / 0-)
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        belinda ridgewood

        in oil heated, un-insulated apartment in an 80 year old building. There is very little out there for apartment dwellers unless you understand enough to make your own portable equipment as well as have the money and the brawn (or can borrow both) to make it.

        •  Lease arrangements and Tax tied (1+ / 0-)
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          belinda ridgewood

          where the array is tied to the tax system.

          •  if the landlord so chooses (2+ / 0-)
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            patbahn, ladybug53

            and you can find/afford an apartment owned by him/her. I'm talking about how it works now not eventually. Hopefully eventually it will be better.

            Right now in Boston, supposedly one of the greenest cities believe it or not, a landlord by law needs to supply heating equipment that works. Period. No definition of "works". So, my eighty year old converted coal boiler that runs at 50% efficiency (which I'm told is an abysmal joke) passes, by law. Renters in my building pay for oil, the landlord pays for equipment. So, he has no incentive whatsoever to replace equipment before it outright dies. He is not interested in the many energy incentive programs that will pay for large portions of a new boiler because he feels it ties him down (they have rules like he can't sell the building for xx many years after, or can't raise the rent). He's a quantity not quality landlord--doesn't want to deal with different details or complications for each apartment/building that he has.

            So, if I run the boiler I do terrible things to the environment and spend more money to heat a one bedroom apartment to 60 degrees than my friend spends to heat her four bedroom house to 70 degrees. No skin off the landlord's nose...he's in it only for the money.

            Needless to say, I don't have my boiler on yet.

            •  if I sound bitter or annoyed it is because I'm (2+ / 0-)
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              OleHippieChick, ladybug53

              sitting here too cold. It's going to a historic low temperature tomorrow night...historic at least for the last 2-3 decades. IT should be interesting how cold it will get in here. I do have electric space heaters but those are expensive too. So we'll see...

              I think landlords should be required to have and keep up heating equipment to certain standard of energy efficiency. Having some or all of that energy be sustainable/renewable, like solar, seems like a far away dream.

              •  It's a hard problem of incentives. (1+ / 0-)
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                ladybug53

                Either the rent control needs to allow for capital recovery,
                with a healthy profit.

                or

                the system needs to come in tied to the utility bills.

                It's hard to make the landlord invest, but for instance
                signing a 10 year agreement with solar city and letting
                the  vendor provide electricity paid for by the tenants.

                or

                Contract with the Oil company for 10 years of "Heat Service"
                where they put in the best equipment and the tenants
                pay X/month and Y/Degree/Day"

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