In Chicopee, Massachussetts, we talked with Jackie and Bob Mashia on our last tour. They have a modest, one-story ranch style home. On the roof are four solar panels that were put in in the early ’80s. Bob said the panels heat the water for the water heater and saves him, on average, $100 a month. The initial outlay for the panels, with a government rebate, was about $2,500. When you do the math, the Mashias have saved a considerable amount of money over the years and the environment has benefitted as well. The Mashias also have a large rain barrel out back. They use the rain water to water their garden. Note: Last year the Mashias took a homeless woman into their home for awhile. The reason: She needed a place and Jackie said its, well, what Jesus would do.