My family thinks I am obsessed with solar energy. However, when I tell them how little I spend on my energy bills, they tend to take on a different view. All of my outdoor lighting is solar powered and I even bought small solar panels to give me energy while I am camping. This enables me the opportunity to travel to out of the way places on vacation and never have to worry about lights or my coffee pot working. There are some things that need to be altered in order to work with solar power, but, if you have a bit of know how and some basic tools, this is never a problem. I have recently started looking into using a small solar farm on my property to power some, if not all, of my appliances there too. After all, the sun gives us free energy year round. I live in the southwest where we have abundant sunshine so there would rarely be a need to supplement with traditional fuel sources if I were able to convert everything over to solar power. Even the well pump I use for water runs on electricity that could be generated freely by a small solar farm. My biggest concern is my air conditioner. I know that I would either have to purchase a new one that was already designed to run on solar power to find someone who could retrofit my existing one to do that. I know it would be an expense, but, government programs and tax deductions would help with that. Also, I would be improving the overall value of my home because it would be self sufficient, energy wise. The house would still be able to use regular electric if needed but it would only be on a rare occasion I am sure.