Choosing a Solar Roof over a Diamond Ring
I have always wanted to live in a house with a solar roof, so i can produce my own energy and give power back to the grid. The last home I owned was in a condominium townhouse development and didn’t allow them. The one before that was a co-op in a pre-war NYC apartment building,
Last year I moved to Ithaca, New York, known for its interest in responsible ecological living. My partner and I rented a pre-war apartment for the time being. When we decided to get married and bought our rings, I thought about all the expenses that would be coming up – a home purchase, a new life, and the progression of a career as a Columbia-trained dramaturg and playwright that has been 25 years in the making.
When my partner Walter and I were sitting at the jewelry counter and I was trying on engagement rings and wedding bands, I thought to myself, “I really would rather spend money on a down payment than a diamond.” Even the smaller engagement rings I tried on just seemed too big for my hand, and I worried about it getting caught on something due to all the writing, painting and artwork that I do. And my wedding band looked just perfect as it was. So, with my partner’s agreement, we didn’t buy an engagement ring.
Fast forward to two months after the wedding. A single-family house came onto the market and we snatched it up. Concurrently, our county offered substantial rebates for the installation of a solar roof. So — my dream came true! We installed a solar roof at a very low cost – about $5,000. The roof is my pride and joy! I monitor our energy production every day. It’s like checking out my facebook page, but much more satisfying. And, we now have a compost service for $5 a week, and free municipal recycling. We barely produce any garbage at all, perhaps the equivalent of two shopping bags per week.
So – my dream has come true and I don’t feel like I have lost anything. In fact, I have gained, and I finally have my solar roof. I am glad that we invested in a clean energy source. It has been a very gratifying choice, and I feel like I am making a difference in my community and in the effort to slow damaging global climate change.
Anne Hamilton is a NYC-based freelance dramaturg and the Founder of Hamilton Dramaturgy. She holds an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts, and has worked with Andrei Serban, Michael Mayer, Lynn Nottage, NYMF, Niegel Smith, and Classic Stage Company. She created Hamilton Dramaturgy’s TheatreNow!, and is a Bogliasco Foundation Fellow. Her chapter, “Freelance Dramaturgs in the Twenty-First Century: Journalists, Advocates, and Curators” appears in the ROUTLEDGE COMPANION TO DRAMATURGY. www.hamiltonlit.com