adric22 wrote:I think if I were in that situation, I'd be installing solar panels, wind turbine, etc..
Wish it were that easy, well cheap really.
Wind turbine won't work because I live in a neighborhood - the wind vortexes that occur from houses being close together create a non-standard wind flow that changes direct too much and/or slows down the wind speed. For a turbine to work (even a rooftop one) you need, on average about 5 acres of clear space surrounding it.
Solar panels are just too expensive. My home is quite energy efficient and average less than 1300 kWh per month (thats with 2 plug-ins requiring one full volt charge per day and at least a 66% leaf charge per day). Rate of return for solar is ~18-20 years. Hard to justify that when I can do other home energy efficieny improvements that give me a faster rate of return (heat pump water heater, solar screens, high efficiency windows, storm doors, replacement HVAC unit, LED light conversions, etc). They need a serious drop in price for me to consider them.