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Solar BIPV at Alliander Group Site Interview with an Expert: The Future of Solar with Building-Integrated PV
The future of solar isn’t flat black panels. Thanks to the development of a technology known as “building-integrated photovoltaics,” solar cells are now placed in all different locations—in windows, in roof tiles, on the sides of buildings, in glass atriums. The idea is to design the cells so that they fit seamlessly into a building’s architecture, rather than tacking on Continue Reading
solar home in a field of wildflowers Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle Energy Financing for Solar: What You Need to Know
Most of us don’t just have an extra $25,000 lying around—if we did, the credit card companies would all but go out of business! Unfortunately, though, that’s what it costs—pre-incentives—for an average solar energy system installation. While rebates and energy savings can make back what you spend fairly quickly, there’s not a whole lot you can do if you don’t Continue Reading
HyperFocal: 0 Brand Spotlight: Control4 Home Automation and Smart Home Systems
What are some of the biggest changes you are seeing in the home automation industry? This year, we can expect the trend of voice control to grow. Being able to control the entire home with a voice command opens the door to more convenience and it will become a control mechanism that homeowners will rely on—and even expect—in 2017. Whether Continue Reading
design and furniture in modern patio How Do These Decking Options Compare in Price, Longevity, and Maintenance?
With warm weather just around the corner, this is the best time to prepare your outdoor space for months of enjoyment. And if you’re considering building or replacing a deck, you probably have plenty of questions about where to start. Here are five different decking options you can use for the construction, along with a comparison of the cost, look, life Continue Reading
Solar glass tube hot water panel array on a roof Passive Versus Active Solar Hot Water Heaters: Which Is Better?
As a homeowner, having options is great—you wouldn’t want just one paint color to choose from, would you? But it also makes the purchasing process a little bit more complex, especially when it comes to important decisions, like saving energy throughout your home. And when you decide to offset some of your utility costs with a solar hot water heater, Continue Reading
130318_SinkPositive_14_Edit-e1381337306502-1 What You Need to Know About Eco-Friendly Toilets
Eco-friendly toilets are becoming a priority in many homes because they offer an easy and immediate way to save water. This is particularly true in regions of the U.S. that have been stricken by drought and face water shortages so serious they’ve led to rationing. At the very least, using an eco-friendly toilet will reduce your water bill, but more Continue Reading
Measuring for Solar Panels Efficiency Improvements to Pair with Your Solar Installation
There’s a whole lot to love about solar. For less than the price of a new car, you can enjoy reduced energy bills that will pay for your unit many times over in just a few years—and give your home some coveted green cred, too. But a solar energy system is only as efficient as the home it serves. What’s the use Continue Reading
home with vinyl siding Low E Windows: A Problem for Neighbors with Vinyl Siding?
Noticed some strange, unidentifiable patterns on your vinyl siding? Do you live in a subdivision? The source of the problem could be right outside your window. Across the US, homeowners have been reporting a strange phenomenon: rippled, melting vinyl siding on just one side of their homes. The possible culprit? Windows with low-emissivity glass installed on a nearby neighbor’s home. Continue Reading
Beach solar panel home SolarCity Expands Operations to Include Florida
They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing—in fact, most parts of Florida get about 100 clear days of sun a year. That may not sound like a lot, especially when you compare those numbers to the ones coming out of Arizona, California, and Nevada—all of which receive upwards of 250 sun-drenched days annually. But as one of the country’s southernmost states, Continue Reading
A street in Bay Head, NJ after Hurricane Sandy Which Siding Stands Up Best to Hurricanes?
When a hurricane or severe storm is predicted for your area, your first concern is undoubtedly for your loved ones. Whether or not you need to evacuate,  the condition of your siding—and, ultimately, your home—is important. You want something that will stand up to hurricanes, freeing up energy for you to worry about what really matters— the safety of your Continue Reading

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