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What California’s New Solar Mandate Means for You

What California’s New Solar Mandate Means for You

Aug 09, 2018


On May 9, 2018, California became the first state in the U.S. to mandate solar power for new buildings. The 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards will be implemented starting January 1, 2020. This gives the government, builders and Californians a year and a half to adjust to the new measures. The Specifics of the Mandate … Continue reading What California’s New Solar Mandate Means for You

Do Solar Panels Work at Night?

Do Solar Panels Work at Night?

Jun 21, 2018


Solar panels are made up of thousands of photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into electricity. The panels work best on cloudless, sunny days, converting the Northern California sunlight into energy you can use in your home to power things such as your electronics and air conditioning. For the panels to work, there must be sunlight. … Continue reading Do Solar Panels Work at Night?

The Best Place to Install Solar Panels

The Best Place to Install Solar Panels

May 23, 2018


Location, location, location. No, we’re not talking about real estate. A solar panel’s location has everything to do with its efficiency and overall functionality. If you’re considering joining the hundreds of thousands of homeowners who use rooftop solar energy panels, this brief guide can help you determine the best place to install panels so you … Continue reading The Best Place to Install Solar Panels

How Do Different Solar Technologies Work?

How Do Different Solar Technologies Work?

Apr 25, 2018


We’ve all heard about the benefits of solar technology, namely, lower energy prices and a greener planet. People used to dismiss the idea because of exorbitant installation costs, but these days, the initial investment is much more affordable. Solar electric systems have gotten about 50 percent cheaper and the price of solar PV panels has … Continue reading How Do Different Solar Technologies Work?

Gruesome Energy Guzzlers:  Combatting Standby Power Waste in Your Home

Gruesome Energy Guzzlers: Combatting Standby Power Waste in Your Home

Mar 26, 2018


There’s a vampire living in your home, right under your nose. It could be lurking in your living room, in the kitchen or in your bedroom, and you may not know it’s even there. Don’t let energy vampires eat up your home’s power and run up your energy bills! Protect your wallet from these phantom … Continue reading Gruesome Energy Guzzlers: Combatting Standby Power Waste in Your Home

How Do I Reduce My Energy Bill With Insulation?

How Do I Reduce My Energy Bill With Insulation?

Feb 21, 2018


Although Californians are lucky enough to have beautiful, temperate weather all year long, there are still those odd days that can either leave us chattering our teeth or wishing we could dive into the nearest body of water. On these days, our home HVAC systems are our best friends, warming or cooling our homes to … Continue reading How Do I Reduce My Energy Bill With Insulation?

Just the Facts – Solar Energy

Just the Facts – Solar Energy

Jan 22, 2018


Solar panel installations are still a relatively new option for many homeowners, and some critics are capitalizing on this naiveté to perpetuate myths about solar panels. Here are some straight facts about solar energy panels and their installation to help you determine if they are a worthwhile investment for your home. Busting Solar Energy Myths … Continue reading Just the Facts – Solar Energy

Leasing vs. Buying a Solar Panel System

Leasing vs. Buying a Solar Panel System

Dec 26, 2017


Solar panels are a relatively new utility option for homeowners, and thus, there’s a lot of confusion surrounding the specifics of solar panel installation. Most people think leasing sounds like the more appealing option because purchasing a solar panel system is so costly. However, leasing a solar panel system isn’t nearly as attractive as it … Continue reading Leasing vs. Buying a Solar Panel System

Is Solar Panel Efficiency Affected by Temperature?

Is Solar Panel Efficiency Affected by Temperature?

Nov 28, 2017


Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic panels, create electricity by collecting visible sunlight and converting it into energy. Because solar panels work directly with the sun, many people wonder whether ambient air temperature plays a role in how solar panels operate. For example, if the ambient air is hot, is a solar panel more efficient … Continue reading Is Solar Panel Efficiency Affected by Temperature?

Why Should My Business Adopt Solar Power?

Why Should My Business Adopt Solar Power?

Oct 24, 2017


With global climate change dominating the political stage as one of this generation’s hot-button issues, more and more residences and commercial enterprises are turning to renewable sources for energy production. Although wind and water are equally viable renewable energy resources, solar power is the world’s leading source of renewable energy because it’s the most easily … Continue reading Why Should My Business Adopt Solar Power?