The steam and hot water in David Hauth's house comes courtesy of a solar-powered water heater that is so effective that he has to keep it on its lowest setting. 'I'm getting ready to retire so I thought I'd eliminate as many bills as possible,' says Hauth, 59, who expects to eliminate one-third of his electricity bill with the solar unit.

Photo by MICHEL FORTIER, Daily News

The steam and hot water in David Hauth's house comes courtesy of a solar-powered water heater that is so effective that he has to keep it on its lowest setting. "I'm getting ready to retire so I thought I'd eliminate as many bills as possible," says Hauth, 59, who expects to eliminate one-third of his electricity bill with the solar unit.

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