Phil's Rambling Rants
With lousy power|
The first thing is to use less power in the first place. Certainly that's the first thing if you want to generate your own power. The price of solar capacity is a lot higher than the price of a really efficient refrigerator that won't need so much capacity.
You shouldn't have incandescent bulbs that get any significant use. Get a Kill-A-Watt meter and see how much the household gadgets are wasting. I found out my computer scanner used over 10 watts just sitting there not scanning, which is what it does 99.99% of the time. That sucker is unplugged now. And so on. If you get into it, it becomes a game. Read the electric meter every few days and see how you are doing :) I have a spreadsheet full of data....