Using Technology to Reduce Energy Costs

Green Gadgets Save the Day by Offering Energy Efficiency for the Home

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For lovers of all things gadgetry, there’s a bit of a potential impasse when it comes to adding one more electronic device to the home or office, while still maintaining a sense of responsibility to the environment and keeping an eye on the power bills that end up in the mailbox. But never fear. The age of the green gadget is here, so collect the gadgets and learn how to save some money on your energy use while you’re at it. Not a bad proposition, then, is it?

If you keep a flash light under the kitchen sink in case of a power outage, then consider replacing the flash light or lantern one you’ve got with an eco-friendly version. Many combine renewable energy sources such as wind-up power and solar cells for recharging. Continue reading

What Are Solar Shingles and How Do They Work?

Solar Shingles Might Be Your Best Option for Going PV

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An exciting new technology in the developing solar industry, Solar Shingles provides an enticing alternative to classic Photovoltaic panels. Solar shingles are thinner and more lightweight, blending in with the asphalt shingles already on your roof. For those who want a sleeker look for their home, solar shingles are a great option.

Solar shingles are easy to install, and are as durable as traditional solar systems. And there are few different types of Solar shingles available, as you’ll see in the handy guide below. Continue reading

Basic Components of an Off-Grid Solar Panel Kit

What You Need for an Off-Grid Solar Panel Kit

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Going Solar is one of the best ways to go green. A solar home is a sustainable home, and solar panels can mean great savings for the homeowner over time. Not only do the panels reduce the amount of energy we buy from the power company, but often those with photovoltaic panels also get credits from the power company, due to their energy surplus.

So what about those of us who want to take it even further?

For those looking to cast off the net of the power companies completely, putting together an off-grid solar system is the way to go. While an off grid system is a serious investment of time and money, the feeling of freedom is incalculable. Continue reading

How Does the Weather Affect Solar Power’s Efficiency in My House?

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Every day, more and more people are going green. And what often goes hand in hand with going green is the dream of living your life – entirely powered by the sun. For those with the means to do it, upgrading one’s life with photovoltaic (PV) panels is a tempting improvement.  However, when some people consider investing in PV panels, they see nothing but obstacles.

And the single most major concern of these imagined obstacles tends to be weather. This article is here to dispel some of the myths and dark clouds that may be hanging around your dream of living a completely sun-fueled life. Continue reading

How Do I Know if I Can Install Solar Panels on My Home’s Roof?

Can Every Roof Handle Solar PV Panels? solar panels on spanish tile roof

For most people, purchasing and owning their home is the most important investment they will ever make. In some cases, they treat the home as a major investment that needs plenty of tending to; but for others, doing any major renovations to an already expensive home might be daunting. For any homeowner looking to go green, installing Photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof is a big step.

Before moving ahead on a project of this scale, some important information gathering is required. Here are a few guidelines to point you in the right direction when you think you may be ready to install solar panels on your home’s roof. Continue reading

Solar Roofing Gains Popularity With Solar Shingles

New Solar Shingles Pave the Way for Future Solar Growth

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Until quite recently, if you wanted to take advantage of the plentiful renewable energy beating down on your rooftop on a daily basis, solar panels were the only way to go.

Photovoltaic panels are still very popular, and for good reason. They’re constantly becoming more efficient and affordable, and today’s solar panels pay for themselves in only a matter of years. They’re now able to take advantage of ambient light, making them a feasible source of electric power in regions not blessed with constant sunlight. Plus, they’re much more environmentally friendly than getting your electricity from coal, and they don’t have the catastrophic risk factors associated with nuclear power plants. Continue reading