A Guide to Maintaining Your Home Solar Power System


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Having a home solar power system in your home can be a great step towards making your residence much more eco-friendly. Lessening your reliance on electrical energy and opting for solar energy instead can last you years. Still, it all depends on the type of maintenance that you provide to your solar panel system.

Most solar panels have few needs, but they are susceptible to certain damage when you pay them no mind at all. Going the extra mile and putting effort into maintaining them will surely keep them in a much better condition for the long run.

Curious about how you can properly maintain your home solar power system? Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how t...

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Reemplazar los electrodomésticos de alta energía con versiones más eficientes

Comprar electrodomésticos con la etiqueta ENERGY STAR asegurará que los electrodomésticos grandes, como el lavavajillas, la secadora y la lavadora, utilicen la menor cantidad de energía. Los electrodomésticos cumplen con una variedad de estándares antes de recibir la prestigiosa etiqueta. Además, el funcionamiento de estos aparatos después de las horas pico de demanda puede reducir aún más la tensión en la red.

Instalar un termostato programable

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Replace High-Energy Appliances with More Efficient Versions

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Install a Programmable Thermostat

Known for saving money, programmable thermostats allow homeowners to create a schedule that follows a family’s routine. Thermostats can be adjusted during the seasons to heat and cool when it makes the most sense instead of constantly working to maintain a specific temperature.

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Best Places in Your Home to Install Your Solar Panels


Are you planning to install some solar panels in your home but have no idea where to place them? The most common location is the roof, but that’s not the only place where you can have your panels installed.

Unsure where the best location is? Don’t worry; we are here to give you options regarding the best location to install your solar panels.

Let’s get to it!

Option #1: On Your Roof

Perhaps the first location that will come to mind would be your roof. No wonder because it’s one of the most common.

Solar panels can be installed on any roof within your property. They can be mounted on the roof of your garage or a detached building, like a shed. Those locations will ma...

Solar Panels: Why and When Should You Clean It?


The topic of cleaning solar panels has been an ongoing debate, with different homeowners, installers, and manufacturers sharing their own opinions on whether the photovoltaic (PV) panels should be cleaned or not. For those who just had solar panels installed in their home, we try to answer this question and analyze the benefits of cleaning solar panels and how to clean them properly.

Should Solar Panels Be Cleaned?

The answer is yes and no. It’s been an established fact that solar panels tend to become dirty over time due to dust and dirt accumulating on the surface. This is an inevitability, but thankfully, so is rain. A little bit of rain shower is actually enough to wash away most of...

What happens to solar panels in a hurricane?

Hurricanes are nature's wildest storms, with winds whipping at up to 160 miles per hour or more. All that wind can blow down trees, destroy mobile homes, and throw debris around, causing significant problems.

But how do solar panels fare in a hurricane? Surprisingly well, it turns out. Solar panels are built to withstand the high wind speeds and impacts of hurricanes and other storms. Solar racking is securely attached to your rafters using long sturdy bolts.

Chances are you're visiting this page during another Atlantic hurricane season. Welcome! Read below to learn a bit about how solar panels hold up during severe weather events.

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Benefits of Solar Storage

Texas produces more electricity than any other state, so Texans were stunned last February when Winter Storm Uri suddenly shut down most of the state’s power grid. Texas’ power producers had not adequately weatherized natural gas plants, wind turbines and other energy-production sites to withstand the bitterly cold temperatures. Many of them stopped working, requiring rolling blackouts in some areas and leaving others without power for days.

But Texas’ “big freeze” was just the latest widespread blackout to hit the United States. Wildfires, hurricanes, heatwaves and high winds have also caused rolling blackouts, or as many California residents and PG&E customers ...

The Benefits of Investing in Solar-Powered Attic Fans


When you think of solar energy, you likely picture shiny panels affixed to a roof. However, other forms of roof-top solar are just as viable, such as attic fans. These are small ventilation devices that run solely on solar energy. They’re primarily used to cool an attic during the sweltering summer months and protect the attic from condensation during the winter.

Although solar-powered attic fans aren’t as well-known as panels, they operate much more efficiently than standard attic fans, making them a viable alternative while being environmentally friendly. Here’s what you need to know about solar-powered attic fans and how they keep your home comfortable:

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Everything You Must Know about Building a Zero Energy Home


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If you are building a new home today, it pays to consider integrating zero energy principles in your design. Zero energy homes are future-proof, making them a sound investment for anyone serious about owning property. People think that this type of home is too expensive, but innovations in the field are closing the margin for mainstream buyers. Here are things you should know about zero energy builds.

Zero Energy Homes Have a Good ROI

According to the Zero Energy Project, building a zero energy ready home means thousands of dollars in energy savings for homes across the U.S. For example, assuming electricity costs will increase at a rate of two percent per...

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