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Solar panels used for residential projects generally come in a standard size, which meets the needs for most homeowners because they fit on most roof sizes and produce enough energy to considerably lower the electric bill each month. Of course, if your roof is irregularly sized, your solar contractor may be able to help you find alternately sized solar panels… Read more
New England might be in a region of the US less prone to sunlight ‚ but that doesn’t preclude it from being a great place for homeowners to install solar panels. As of the end of 2018, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ranked the state seventh in the country — nearly 11 percent of the state’s energy comes from… Read more
For many homeowners, the potential of their home—in addition to its location or price—is one of the reasons they purchased it. Whether it’s the dream to expand the kitchen or build a covered patio, home-buyers rarely look at a home and see it as perfect or complete. There’s just always potential for something more. But what about the potential for their… Read more
When surveying homeowners, we often hear that ahead of a solar power home improvement project, people are often misinformed about how to determine the right amount of solar panels for their home. And that’s likely because there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, if anyone is providing that kind of solution, there is likely some underlying assumption or set of assumptions… Read more
The Arizona Supreme Court has made it much more affordable for homeowners to turn to solar paneling to power their homes. In a recent ruling that affects anyone leasing solar panels in 2019 and beyond, the court “spared tens of thousands of homeowners who lease rooftop solar panels from paying property taxes to the state on that equipment,” according to… Read more
Did you know you have a choice when it comes to the orientation that your solar panels are installed on your roof? Horizontal solar panels are so common, that it can come as a surprise to many that solar panels can be installed vertically. Vertical solar panel installation may be a valid option for your home. Not sure which direction… Read more
Despite falling into a bucket of states that still largely rely on nuclear energy, New Jersey has been pushing serious legislation and incentives to promote its clean energy goals. In summer 2018, for example, the state signed into law “a suite of legislation” that “vaults it into the ranks of top US climate leaders,” reported Vox.com. As of the end… Read more
Perhaps one of the most common questions asked by homeowners who are considering solar panels is, do solar panels improve your home’s value? The short answer is: Yes, they do! According to research from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, solar panels can add an average of $18,324 to the value of a medium-sized home. In addition, they found that homes… Read more
The changing seasons have more of an effect on your energy needs than on the solar panels addressing them. While it’s reasonable to predict a lower efficiency rate from solar panels in the winter, it’s really the sun itself—and less so the weather conditions on the ground—governing how well solar paneling powers your home and helps you save on your… Read more
California made solar energy history in 2018, announcing that in and after 2020, builders must include solar panels for houses they construct. While including solar paneling is a costly, but worthwhile, investment in a home, it results in several significant returns to the homeowner. “Any additional amount in the mortgage is more than offset … It’s good for the customer,”… Read more

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).