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The Westlakes power their home with solar panels that charge 16 six-volt batteries. They also have a backup propane generator that kicks in as needed. “We’ve made some improvements on our system, and over the last three years, we’ve averaged running the generator about two hours a day over the whole year. Most of that use is in the winter time when the sun’s not up as long during the day,” Jimmy explains.

The Westlakes power their home with solar panels that charge 16 six-volt batteries. They also have a backup propane generator that kicks in as needed. “We’ve made some improvements on our system, and over the last three years, we’ve averaged running the generator about two hours a day over the whole year. Most of that use is in the winter time when the sun’s not up as long during the day,” Jimmy explains.