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Bernie Schliemann is a retired army officer who currently teaches engineering courses at UMass Amherst. He and his family had Northeast Solar install a new system on the roof of the new garage. The Family has been enjoying low or no energy bills since.
Q: When did you decide to go solar?
A: I decided to go solar several years ago. I developed an interest in solar energy and had my house evaluated for solar panels. While the orientation and neighbor’s trees were not conducive to using them, I decided to design for them when I had my garage built. The roof is ideal for solar panels.
Q: Has life changed at all after going solar? Are you more conscious about your energy consumption?
A: I think I was always conscious about energy consumption, but even more so now. I want to continue to pay nothing for electricity while doing my part to minimize our carbon footprint and energy consumption.
Q:How does solar fit in with your life in general? Does it complement other environmental concerns you have?
A: I think solar energy is a brilliant initiative and I am always interested in minimizing energy consumption and waste.
Q:How have your friends, family and neighbors reacted?
A: Frankly, I have not heard many comments at all – probably because my panels are tough to notice. However, my friends in general are supportive of not wasting energy.