The average home in the U.S. spends $2,200 on energy each year. That’s $183/month. Rather than spending this money on energy purchases, the smart approach is to invest it in greater energy efficiency. If you’re building a new home, it’s possible to reduce your energy purchases to zero with the buying power gained from that same $183. Here’s how it works. If you have a 30-year mortgage at about 4.2%, you can cover the additional payments on an increase in your loan of about $37,500 for energy saving features for your home. That’s enough to turn most home designs into zero energy homes, before incentives. Federal and state tax credits along with utility incentive...
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...
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...
Check out the latest episode of the Green Business Podcast Show by Eric Dye as he interviews our CEO and they discuss why EnLight.Energy decided to not just be another solar only installer, the impact of a Trump presidency on the renewable energy industry in America, our work with developing communities around the world, and why we chose a local energy franchise model.
ERIC: Today we are speaking with Julio Daniel Hernandez, CEO, and Founder of EnLight.Energy, a national company that helps home and business owners explore ways to drastically lower and eliminate their energy bills. Happy to have you back on the show Julio. How are you?
JULIO DANIEL: Doing great Eric thanks for having me.
Confused by insolation, inverter, and irradiance? Consider the solar energy glossary your handy guide to all the solar lingo.
The U.S. Department of Energy's solar energy glossary contains definitions for technical terms related to solar energy, electricity, and power generation by technologies like photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP).
III-V cell — A high-efficiency solar cell made from materials including Group III and Group V elements from the periodic table.
THE GAINESVILLE SOLAR WALK IS a four-billion-to-one scale model of the solar system. The entire display spans one mile. Each pillar has info and artifacts about the celestial body it features.
The installation was created in 2002 as a joint project of the City of Gainesville, the Alachua Astronomy Club, artist Elizabeth Indianos, as well as graphic artist Saydi Kaufman. The project cost around $30,000.
Each pillar represents a different planet, Pluto is also included. The planet pillars also feature quotes, stones, and other repurposed objects. Two comets are also present along the walk.
Enhancements are still being discussed, including additional seating, nighttime lighting, an asteroid rock ...
Swiss are to become the first airline in the world to power planes by “liquid sunlight.”
The airline, which is owned by Lufthansa Group, has struck a deal with Synhelion, a company that uses solar energy to convert CO2 into a synthetic fuel called syngas.
Swiss-based Synhelion, which is a spinoff from the Swiss Institute of Technology, has mastered a way of manufacturing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable energy sources.
And the move, the airline says, is the first step towards making the aviation industry more sustainable through carbon-neutral, fossil-free flying.
But what is syngas?
Syngas is a liquid fuel with the same properties as fossil fuels, but it is produced art...
The Ivanpah Solar Power Facility, near Ivanpah Dry Lake, California, generates enough electricity to serve more than 140,000 homes in the state during the peak hours of the day while reducing 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
What will the world of the future look like?
It's a question that's increasingly inescapable in the era of global warming, or, as scientists increasingly call it, the Anthropocene: a world shaped by humans, the machines we use, and the pollution those emit—a world of anthropogenic change.
The war in Ukraine is exposing in harsh terms the world's continued heavy reliance on old-school fossil fuels, as gas prices skyrocket with the U.S. banning the ...
In recent years, solar panels have become more accessible. Many homes today use them simply because they cut down on energy bills. Aside from that, they're also eco-friendly. Because of this, many solar panel owners use theirs as leverage to gain a return on investment (ROI).
The ROI for solar panels is calculated by taking the value of electricity generated by your solar panels and subtracting your energy expenses. The result is the value you'll receive when you sell your home. According to the Department of Energy, solar panels can add up to $20,000 to the value of a home, which is a hefty amount of money. However, it doesn't stop there because other things factor in solar panel ROI.
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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...