Install window treatments that appeal to you. My basement laundry room has the typical high windows. I sewed a hem for a tension rod in vintage table napkins. Red and white gingham seems to set off the pale yellow walls.
Although the single biggest drawback to solar power is still the initial solar panel cost, rebates and tax breaks are a tremendous help. You can reduce your actual out-of-pocket costs by half or more with tax credits, rebates and incentives.
So are you good at guitar? Do you have another skill that you could video and sell to people wanting to learn it? Are you a tradesman, say a ceramic tiler. You could make a video of a tiling job from measuring to mixing and spreading the glue to laying and cutting the tiles to mixing and spreading the grout. If you wanted to get technical you could make a series of videos from bathrooms to kitchens to special cuts to the different glues, grouts etc needed for different areas etc.
HOWEVER, an electric oven to bake cookies requires about 4,500 watts. That’s one hundred, 45 watt solar systems or 0 x 100 = ,000. Now, turn the air conditioning on at the same time you’re baking those cookies, and it will need another 4,500 watts, and we’re just getting started.
Whenever your home improvement work requires the use of the street, inform your neighbors as far in advance as you can. You might have to block the road or keep a dumpster in the yard or on the street. Giving your neighbors plenty of warning will be appreciated.
This is NO different that what any skilled tradesman does for his craft. Look at a doctor, lawyer, electrician, plumber, IT professional or any skilled professional.
Current turnkey pricing from a solar contractor – including all components and installation – seems to range from less than ,000 for a very energy efficient home to as much as ,000 for a large home.
During working hours, make sure every call is answered within 3 rings and that the greeting you give is friendly and personal. Ensure that the person who answers your calls is trained to deal with the majority of customers’ questions themselves or, if they can’t, to ensure all the necessary information is passed on with the call to the person who can. Don’t let callers be passed on repeatedly, each time having to repeat their details and problems.