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?


Solar Panel Efficiency and Rainy, Foggy Days solar panels in bad weather

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

What Size PV System Do I Need to Power My Family’s Home?


Just How Much Solar Power Does It Take?

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Now that you’ve decided to make the switch to solar power, you have some important choices to make. Photovoltaic (PV) panels can be a substantial investment, but no one wants to end up with an energy shortage because they didn’t invest enough.

Fortunately, there are a few simple signs to help you navigate the balance between sticker price and energy output. 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

5 Easy Ways to Be More Eco-Friendly Around the House in 2015


New Year’s Resolution: Get Even Greener in 2015 green new years resolutions

Resolutions don’t just have to be for New Years. You can resolve yourself all year long to find new ways to be eco-friendly. Coming up with practical and easy ways to change your routine is a great way to create meaningful change that will last.

Looking ahead at the vast expanse of 2015, here are some ways you can make your house, your life, and your world, greener than ever before. Continue reading