Tijeras, NM Mountain Solar Home – Getting off Propane
October 2 - October 3
We fell in love with this house in the mountains just to the east of Albuquerque but it uses a lot of energy including propane. So we put in solar right away and got 8.6 kW because we anticipated getting an electric car for a longer commute. We did buy a Tesla (not an easy feat in New Mexico which bans direct sales from manufacturers. Although this month Tesla found a way around this by partnering with the Nambe Pueblo to build a showroom and service center on sovereign land!). We cut our high propane bills (and carbon emissions!) with heat pumps for radiant floor heating and cooling and hope to become propane free in the future. Because of our large oil and gas industry, New Mexicans emit 50 tons of carbon/year/person versus a national average of 18, so we are very motivated to help reduce emissions especially since climate change is here. New Mexico and the Southwest is now in the worst drying period in 1,200 years.