The power of the sun is free. From Roman times that solar thermal power from solar energy was used to heat homes and businesses saving energy.
Solar energy with thermal hot air panels can instantly heat space and water. Saving energy & almost 70% of heating cost. Appleton, WI has about 4.7 hours of sun per day.
The sun is always shining throughout the day whether it is cloudy or not and adding solar energy to our planet. Photons can power up a house or charge an electric car. See: https://www.appleton-solar.com/
Solar energy using PV and solar thermal can run an entire home but saving energy first is critical. Why give utilities your hard earned cash? We have plenty of sun over Appleton, WI to make it work.
Before you add solar energy with solar PV or solar thermal, you need to make sure your home is not wasteful by saving energy. A super insulated house keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter. Ours in Appleton, WI is proof that it works.
Small farms need to use renewable solar energy sources for saving energy to keep cost down. Solar thermal applications work well for off season growing. Even in Appleton, WI