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Oct
24
How to Avoid Homebuyer’s Remorse

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As consumers, we sometimes display an unrealistic faith that the products we buy are safe, effective, and economical. Many of us trust that companies have our best interests at heart and that the government will protect us from harm. And it seems that the bigger the price tag, the more naive we can be. Housing is our biggest expense – whether renting or buying – and yet we drive our heads into the sand and blindly believe that it won’t hurt us physically or financially. If you’re buying a new home, don’t be tempted to purchase a home that you will later regret owning when you can find – or even demand – one with optimum energy efficiency, comfort, c...


Apr
19
How Long Can You Recover the Cost of Solar Panels?

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The past few decades saw huge developments in the use of solar power. These grid panels can use solar energy and turn it into electricity. Many neighborhoods have at least one house with solar panels installed on the roof.


Someone may have passed by your house offering solar panels for your home. These solar company representatives can be found just about everywhere. You may not have explored the use of solar power for your home since you are not familiar with how the whole system works. You may have also thought it is expensive.


Many people feel the same way. They are not using solar energy simply because they are not sure how much they have to spend on it. They may also be wondering when the...


Feb
23
Your Most Important Solar Energy Questions Answered - Introduction

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This article was originally written by Sarah Hancock here for bestcompany.com


Are you thinking about making the switch to solar? Maybe you'd like to lower your electricity bill, or perhaps you want to reduce your carbon footprint. The good news is that, in many situations, installing solar panels on your home or business can be an extremely economically and environmentally beneficial decision. However, solar isn't the right fit for everyone, so it's important to do your research before putting up a significant investment.


In an effort to provide helpful information for home and business owners like you, as well as shed light on a somewhat confusing and ever-evolving industry, Best Company ask...


Jan
16
Thinking About Going Solar? Discover the Real Cost of a Solar Panel Installation

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There are many benefits to installing a home solar panel system. It can save you money, increase your property’s value, and help to protect the environment. However, the cost of a solar panel installation can be a bit high leaving many homeowners hesitant. The good news is, multiple financing options exist that can make it more affordable.

Let’s take a closer look at how much it costs to go solar and how to finance it.

How much does it cost to go solar?

“Solar cost varies tremendously based on many factors including geography, the aesthetics of panels, the efficiency of panels, the type of inverters used, and, quite frankly, the solar company you are working with,” says...


Nov
22
9 Ways to Go (and Save More) Green

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There’s no doubt about it, the “green economy” has gone global, as more and more sustainable-minded individuals and organizations have embraced the notion of a clean, environmentally friendly economy that promotes health, wealth, and well-being. The green economy is a thriving economy, as well—with overall global trade in environmental goods pegged at $1 trillion annually, a figure that should grow to $2-to-$3 trillion by 2020, according to United Nations Environment.

How to Go Green While Boosting Your Personal Finances by Experian

75% of Americans want to help the environment in their daily lives, and they certainly can still keeping their budgets intact. In this podc...


Nov
13
What's so great about zero energy, anyway?

I first became interested in zero energy buildings in 2003. There were several things that pulled me into the concept, and probably the most compelling aspect was the scale of the change. At the time, I was managing a municipal green building program and we were struggling to convince developers to make relatively minor incremental changes like using Low-E windows or high-efficiency furnaces. The notion of zero energy was such a radical leap forward. The other big thing that was intriguing to me, let’s face it, was that it was cool.

Zero energy as an aspiration, on-the-ground reality, and the climate solution movement intersection is at an interesting point in its history. Zero energy i...


Nov
02
Are you still using old light bulbs for some crazy reason?

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One of the ways we help home and business owners lower their cost is by upgrading to LED lighting.

Why chose LED?

Save money:

With energy costs on the rise nationwide, finding ways to reduce the bottom line is of utmost importance for most American families. A simple change made by choosing LED lighting over incandescent lighting can significantly reduce your electricity bill over time.

Save time:

LEDs last as much as 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs, meaning you need to spend less time shopping for and installing new lighting in your home.

Save energy:

Choosing LED is not only a smart choice for your pocketbook, but it is environmentally friendly as well. Considering the billions of kWhs u...


Sep
22
Energy Efficiency Leads Climate Fight at Lowest Cost, Impact

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Photo credit: Marcela Gara, Resource Media

What role can energy efficiency play in meeting the U.S. share of global climate goals? This question has been asked in many forums and models, and the answers are always consistent: smarter use of energy in buildings, transportation, and industry is the single largest, cheapest and lowest impact pathway to net-zero climate pollution. But a new NRDC report highlights just how important its role is to this clean energy transition.

New, comprehensive modeling by NRDC and Energy + Environmental Economics (E3) outlines a cost-effective pathway to a climate-safe future that relies on today’s proven clean energy solutions. The big news here is not j...


Sep
12
Why Would You Build Any Other Way? Making the Case for the Zero Energy Home Revolution!

In today’s market, would you ever consider buying a car that gets 12 miles to the gallon? Would you even consider designing, building or selling a car that gets 12 mpg? I believe 100% of us would respond with a resounding NO. Why? Because we all know there is a great selection of stylish, comfortable, reliable, and safe cars that are reasonably priced, and get up to 30 miles to the gallon, and others like hybrids that exceed 50 miles per gallon, and electric vehicles that approach 100 miles per charge. This generation of fuel-efficient cars offers great performance and is fun to drive. Even if you do a modest amount of driving, the money will favor a very fuel-efficient car, and the pa...


Sep
02
How Tennessee's Taken the Politics Out of Renewable Energy

Its big and small, Democratic and Republican cities are going green. Other states want to know how.

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Energy costs are one of the highest expenses schools face today. To offset them, some Tennessee schools are installing solar arrays and geothermal heating and cooling systems. (AP)

When it comes to a particular renewable energy program in Tennessee, it doesn’t matter whether you believe in climate change or not, are a Republican or Democrat, live in a big city or small rural town. The program in question is even neutral on specific technologies, which means it’s up to you whether you install solar arrays or develop biodiesel or put in geothermal at your schools. The only thing you h...

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