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TAKE ME OFF THE GRID! I'm rebuilding in Berkeley and looking
into solar, wind, and water power. Having some trouble on
rainy days getting power from solar and looking to install
other passive energies. Anyone out there give energy
assessments? Honesty, I found no one in the phone book or
web search so thanks ahead for any wacky-doodle ideas folks!
~ gettin' off fossil fuel NOW!
If you want to 'get off the grid' I heartily recommend
calling Larry Giustino at A-1 Sun. They do solar
installations and other related work. I have known Larry for
a number of years and attended a number of his
presentations. He gave me an extremely reasonable bid for
solar at my house. In addition, since Larry knows I am a
piano and guitar teacher, he has helped sponsor our awards
program here for our young students.You can contact Larry at
firstname.lastname@example.org or www.a1suninc.com or (510) 526-5715.
I recommend Keith O'Hara with Eco Performance Builders
(http://epbuilders.com). Keith is 'totally geeked out' (in
his own words) on green building. He's clearly passionate
and very knowledgeable about it. He did an energy audit and
work on our home to give us heat (we didn't really have any)
and some other improvements to help us retain the heat. He
looked at the house as a whole, rather than trying to stuff
us into the standard box that everyone else we talked to
tried to do. His energy audit gave us several options to
choose from and he was very good at listening to what we
wanted when coming up with solutions for our home. We only
used EPB to fix our heating problems, but they also work
with off the grid and net zero homes.
So glad we didn't go elsewhere
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