We all know that solar energy systems are beneficial, but there are a few things to think about when considering a grid-connected PV (photovoltaic) system. Benefits of a Grid-Connected PV System Off-the-grid renewable energy systems are able to completely power a home. However, connecting to the power grid can offer a…(Read More)

  There is a variety of materials to choose from when updating your existing roof or installing a new one.  The material you choose will depend on several factors, including aesthetic appeal, cost, life span, and warranties. Also under consideration should be local building and fire codes and weather conditions in your area. Asphalt Shingles…(Read More)

  Attic entrances provide quick and easy access to the attic but they come with one major disadvantage. They are not usually insulated and don’t seal tightly. This directly translates into higher utility bills. Attic tents can help. It is just what the name suggests, a tent that covers your attic entrance on the…(Read More)

The solar water heater works by using the sun’s energy to heat water or a heat-transfer fluid. The solar collector and insulated storage tank make up these systems. In the case of a one-tank system, two sets of outlets and inlets circulate water through the tank and the heat transfer liquid through…(Read More)

Windows are elements of the home which often negatively impact the home’s energy efficiency. With the right windows, you can lower your utility bills, create a more comfortable atmosphere in your home, and reduce the load on your HVAC unit. Improving Existing Windows You can improve the energy efficiency of your home by making…(Read More)

Passive solar home design minimizes energy use of a home by taking advantage of a variety of factors (location, materials used, climate etc.).  When it is well designed, the energy loads needed for heating and cooling are reduced. Those needs are met, either partly or entirely, by using solar energy. Site Selection Site location should…(Read More)

There are several factors you should take into consideration when planning a home solar energy system. Do you have enough clear access to sunlight for extended periods of time, both during the day and throughout the year? You also want to determine the size of your future system, and whether you have the surface area…(Read More)

Taxpayers can claim a 30% federal tax credit on qualified expenditures for a solar power system. The credit has been extended until December 31st, 2021, but will be reduced to 26% in 2020, and 22% in 2021. Whether it is a solar panel system or a solar water heating system, qualified expenditures include equipment and…(Read More)

Did you know that more solar energy reaches the earth in one hour than is used by the entire world in one year? Harnessing this energy has been a focus of research for many years. Today we can find the benefits of this research in many systems, ranging from photovoltaic solar systems to solar water…(Read More)