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Published January 31, 2010, 08:08 AM

Frazee couple's green investment pays off

Frazee, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Since the first fear of global warming, the government has tried to get people to take advantage of using clean energy, with things like tax incentives for homes and businesses that try it. We found a Frazee couple not only enjoying the government breaks, but also big monthly savings.

When you pull up to this Frazee home for a story on clean energy, the label out front with the home owners name is a sure sign you're in the right spot.

"We recycle everything"

It was around a year ago, when David and Doreen Green were not happy with rising propane prices. The couple decided to make a 20 thousand dollar investment and help heat their home and water by installing these 3 huge solar panels.

"I didn't know how it was going to turn out and my wife wasn't very happy for awhile when she started writing out some checks."

Thumbing through old receipts shows big savings. In June of 2008 compared to June 09 the green's have nearly 100 dollars off their electric bill. Combo monthly savings with other things like tax breaks every year, which big investment looks smarter than over the top.

"By ten years it should be totally paid for, it'd be free, free heat.

When the sun is out the solar panels are working non stop, back and forth between heating the house and storing heat in the water heater. So for this "green" money conscious couple there's not a whole lot better than a nice sunny day.

"Solar day! When I look out in the morning, it's going to be a solar day."

No matter how cold it gets, when it's a "solar day" the couple’s main floor is filled with heat, they have 130 gallons of hot water just sitting in the basement, all from the sun and the panels. Just piling up the savings and keeping these two on the same page.

"I'm much more conscious of money than David is.”

To learn more about the Green's solar panels and other renewable energy sources, email Bill Schwankl (sh-won-kle) at He helped the Green's with their system.