Should the owner of this home be locked up?

CINCINNATI — Earl Starr is the first to admit he has made plenty of mistakes in his life. But when his son’s mom was diagnosed with cancer, Starr wanted to do things the right way.

He paid $8,200 for a two-family house in Evanston with money he had cashed out from a retirement plan. He could see the place needed work, he said. But he figured he could do most of it himself. The goal was for him and his son to live in half the property and to rent out the other half to generate some income.

“I figured if I didn’t have no mortgage or no rent, it would allow me to live free,” Starr said. “I could pay my gas and electric with the rent from downstairs and save a portion for my taxes. And whatever I made as a barber, I could use for whatever lifestyle

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How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

“How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?” is the most important question you should ask when thinking of making the switch to solar energy. A typical home needs between 20 to 24 panels in order to reach and maximize 100% efficiency. 

Here are some factors you need to consider for a more accurate calculation of your solar panels.

1. Check your energy consumption

Check out your previous electricity bills to determine your monthly and yearly electricity consumption. Knowing how much energy your home uses will help you give the best estimate for the number of solar panels you’ll need.

Once you’ve established the amount of electricity your home uses, you’ll now have a better understanding of the amount of kWh produced annually. This is usually dependent on 3 factors: roof conditions, local peak sunlight hours, and solar panel type.

2. Assess your roof conditions

Ideally, larger homes tend to consume

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