What should I prioritize, efficiency or solar?

If you are interested in solar, you have probably also thought about improving the energy efficiency of your home or business. Hopefully you have already addressed the low hanging fruit, such as replacing all your most-used incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents or LEDs. Once you’ve moved beyond the easy stuff, you face the question of how to prioritize continued improvements in building efficiency with investment in solar production.

The traditional advice goes like this: “First do everything you can on the efficiency front to reduce your energy consumption needs, then invest in solar to cover to remaining need.”

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