Alert “06880” reader Ed Paul had already put 75 bags of leaves on North Avenue. He was worried he’d have to start blocking the sidewalk if the town did not come by soon to pick them up.
As he hauled the next group of 20 bags over the other day, he noticed a pleasant-looking older man, with a very long silver ponytail, placing Ed’s filled bags into his own pickup truck.
Ed asked if he’d been contracted by the town to remove the bags.
No, the guys said. After a pause, he said sheepishly, “You caught me in the act.”
Hauling away some of Ed Paul’s leaf bags.
Turns out, he takes the leaves to bury his fig trees.
Apparently they need to get bent toward the ground, then staked in place. This fellow surrounds them with leaves and compost, keeping them above the frost line in winter.
Ed learned something. And that gave him idea.
If anyone else needs extra leaves to bury their trees, he says, feel free to stop by and help yourself. The bags are on North Avenue, just south of Cross Highway — across from the ABC house.
Take only the leaf bags, though. Nothing else is up for grabs!
This morning’s “06880” post involved energy costs. This one does too — specifically, solar.
Solar energy is getting plenty of press. His curiosity piqued, alert “06880” reader Ed Paul signed up with Westport’s Green Task Force. He wanted to learn about installing solar panels at his house.
A company called Astrum provided a proposal. Ed was stunned at the cost: over $51,000 — after rebates and incentives.
Based on his current CL&P bill, the system would save about $3,500 a year. At that rate, it would take over 14 years just to break even.
And, Ed notes, “it seems that solar panels have a limited life span. They start to lose efficiency after 10 or 15 years.”
This Westport home was retrofitted with a 5 kW solar system using 225 watt solar panels. It won an award — but is it cost-efficient? (Photo courtesy of SunPower)
He wonders if his situation is unique. He’d like to hear from other “06880” readers. If you’ve gone solar, did you do it save money? Or was it simply an environmental-based decision?
“I’d love feedback from solar users on their experiences and cost savings,” Ed says.
Click “Comments” to share your thoughts. And — in the spirit of sunshine and openness — please use your full, real names.
Now that Hurricane Sandy has passed — and as we cross our fingers hoping this unnamed nor’easter blows out to sea — alert “06880” reader Ed Paul wonders:
“In retrospect, was the time, work and money the town spent creating the sand berms at Compo good to lessen the wave force — or bad, since it gave a massive amount of sand a head start to get closer to homes and streets?”
He’s got a 2nd question, too:
“For all the homes and businesses that spent a lot of time sandbagging their front doors, did that help at all?”
Ed wants honest feedback. We do too. Click “Comments,” and let us know what you think.
When the Compo Beach berm was breached, sand poured onto — and into — Soundview Drive homes.