While major utility companies are developing cleaner ways to make electricity, which include photovoltaic solar panels and wind turbines, we can get a head start ourselves and begin to produce clean energy with solar panels. This is the simplest method for residential electricity production. The initial cost is high, but there is a 30% tax credit, and local utilities give rebates. The solar panels usually pay for themselves in 8 to 12 years and they can last more than 25 years. About 40% of our total energy use is for electricity for our homes. This system can solve that problem, and we can begin to live a low impact lifestyle.