On the other hand, people stopped talking about the world ending in 2012, with catastrophes like these and the natural disasters and the military and political conflicts around the world, it seems like it might come true.
Oh SHIT! Now you've done it! Don't you know all these earthquakes are the American Govenments way of fucking things up for those that oppose them? All those earthquakes, AND that volcano called jkfjfgiqw3juf90jshsjkg were just tests. 2012 is when the OBeezy announces himself as King of America! You mark my words!
I would love to use natural resource and get off the grid if it were more affordable. I seen a show that used solar panels for power. A greenhouse to heat their home. And a tunell from the back of their property to air condition the house.
Part I think sucks is if you do create your own power and you produce more that the power company can use that power but doesnt pay you for it.
Not true. There are two types of power distribution used in self sufficent homes. One is battery storage, where you have the power source (solar, wind, hydro, geothermal etc) powering a fleet of batteries. This will keep the house going when the wind isn't blowing or it's dark out, and is necessary for homes that are physically off the grid due to location.
The other type is simply an updated electric meter on your house that actually spins both forward and backward. If you provide power to the grid is spins backward. And if you provide more than you use, you get a credit. This is useful in areas like ours where we don't have much sun in the winter. So all summer your feeding the grid and building up a credit with the power company, then in the winter you use solar as you can, and burn your credit till Spring comes around again. (hopefully breaking even). The amount you save on not paying an electric bill, is supposed to be how you pay back your hardware and maintenance on your self sufficient power source.
If I went solar, I'd prefer the second method because batteries bring in a whole slew of environmental issues and added cost with repair and maintenance. But seeing as how a full 2kilowatt setup for my house would cost $45,000 and take 22 years to pay itself off, it's not happening anytime soon.