It is hard to decide which kind of fuel to use. Solar sounds so simple.
Just use whatever's cheapest. Solar is simple; so is lighting a gas flame. The question is: Which is cheaper?
From a macro standpoint, the answer's easy: If solar (active
solar, that is) were cheaper, everyone would be using it.
From your individual standpoint, it's more complex. There are government programs in place which force other utility rate payers and taxpayers to subsidize solar, through added charges on all utility bills, and through tax welfare for solar users, the money for which is seized from all tax payers, whether or not they use solar. If you wish to avail yourself of these programs, solar could well make sense for your situation.
There are any number of
voracious tax-feeders, in the chummed waters of a deliberately distorted market
solar contractors who would be happy to run the numbers for you.
Right now, I'm waiting for a little solar energy. It's 45 degrees in Dryden, but we just had a snow flurry.