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solarskin on cabin What Is a SolarSkin?
Is your roof a work of art? Sistine Solar, an offshoot of Cambridge’s MIT, thinks it should be. Recently, the startup announced a brand-new innovation in solar technology: a solar panel that can be imprinted with a custom design, known as a SolarSkin. That means any homeowners who are put off by the aesthetics of traditional solar panels may soon Continue Reading
Example of a Passive House What Are Passive House Standards?
What if you never had to turn on the heat or AC in your home? How much would you save on heating and cooling costs throughout the year? Probably quite a bit. The Department of Energy estimates that heat and air conditioning use make up almost half of the average household’s energy bills. That means that if you could survive Continue Reading
Tesla Tuscan Roof Investigating the Price of Tesla’s Solar Roof
Ever since we heard the news that Tesla and SolarCity were planning on offering their own attractive take on the solar shingle, a molded glass roofing material fitted with solar cells, we’ve been dying to hear more. A solar option that looks just like slate, terra cotta, or textured glass and generates usable energy? We were on board, to say Continue Reading
Solar-assisted Prius Could Your Next Car Have a Solar Roof?
It doesn’t take much to make the leap between electric and solar power—if you purchased an EV for environmental reasons, then you know that your car is only as green as its fuel source. If that electricity source comes from coal or other nonrenewable resources, it’s not exactly all that green. Most cars spend a lot of their time in Continue Reading
Energy auditor evaluating system What Is the HERS Index and Why Does It Matter for My Home?
Want to reduce your home’s energy use? Well, then you’re probably going to want to make some improvements around your home. But which ones? And what should you focus on first? That’s where an energy evaluation can help. The first step in many residential energy overhauls is to have an energy audit performed. Professionally trained auditors assess your home’s structure Continue Reading
solar BIPV house Building-Integrated PV Looks and Feels Like the Future of Solar
Not to knock against solar panels, but they’re not always the most beautiful pieces of equipment. When you’ve spent time perfectly pairing your roof tiles to match your home’s siding, shutters, and trim, you risk altering the whole aesthetic when you slap panels on top. In fact, some homeowners groups and organizations even forbid residents to install solar on their Continue Reading
Transmission tower using solar What Is Time-of-Use Energy Pricing?
In 2016, California achieved a monumental first: it became the first state in the US to implement statewide time-of-use energy pricing. That may not sound like a sweeping accomplishment—but rest assured, the Golden State’s rate redesign is set to usher in a new era of energy pricing. Time-of-use rates (TOU, to those in the energy biz) is a multi-tiered payment structure Continue Reading
Woman looking at receipts PowerSaver Loans Versus PACE Financing: Which One is Better?
The ecosystem of financial options for your solar purchase is more intricate than a coral reef, which is one thing that scares a lot of homebuyers away from renewable energy. But contrary to popular belief, the price on the tag isn’t always your final offer. Tax credits, rebates, and energy purchasing make solar power one home improvement that pays for Continue Reading
photovoltaic panels - alternative electricity source What Kind of Solar Cells Are Best for Hot Climates
What’s the best spot for a solar installation in a chilly Northeastern home that’s no stranger to a fierce winter blow? Or what about on a hot desert property, that’s sun-drenched 90 percent of the year? Careful—the answer is more complicated than it seems! It’s tempting to think that solar only perform well in sunny, hot climates—it is called “solar” power, Continue Reading
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

Power your home with solar energy

So you’re designing your green dream home, and you’ve made plans for every energy-efficient feature possible — low-E windows, EnergyStar appliances, and a smart thermostat, to name a few. Just don’t forget about solar panels. In the last decade, solar energy features on homes has become much more commonplace and affordable, likely because homeowners are catching on to the benefits (reducing or possibly even eliminating your electric bill all together).

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