As you consider moving to the suburb/rural residence, check to see if your house can have any of these installed - if it doesn't already have them.
The ideal scene for any home would be one that contributed to the energy grid as much or more than it required during peak use.
Directory:Home Generation - PESWiki: "Index of recommended energy alternatives for home and small business self-generation of power.
Systems have been in place for decades that can enable a home or small business to become energy independent. The purpose of this index is to feature those systems presently available that are the most practical for providing the most clean energy at the lowest cost and least maintenance.
This page will address the question: 'If you were going to plan a new home or retrofit your existing home to become energy independent, using today's technology, what would you do?'"