A Walk on the Sunny Side

Two stories I just did for HGTV’s latest website, HGTVRemodels, made me want to convert to solar more than ever. Up till now, our 1890 Victorian energy hog has not been suitable for conventional solar installations — wrong orientation, steep slope, and little open roof space. But there are a couple of new aesthetically pleasing solar products, including solar shingles, that might make it possible one day, when our slate roof finally gives out. And this story on homeowners who’ve gone solar includes my parents’ neighbors Eric Shen and Betty Carteret, who besides being early adopters of solar technology, have an amazing rain-harvesting system for their Puget Sound garden.