Home Solar Ideas & Information for Homeowners

blue-cheerful-home How to Get Your Home Certified as Energy Efficient
When it’s time to sell your home, how can you get it certified as energy efficient in order to increase your home’s value? There are a wide variety of certification programs available, and some are better than others. Here are four that have meaningful standards and a national reputation, and—most importantly—can add value to your home. LEED Program for Homes LEED standards Continue Reading
solar-panels-and-flowers Solar Panel FAQ
Thinking of switching to solar? Those shiny black panels come with lots of questions: everything from how much space they take up to how they affect your roof. And that can complicate your decision to take control of your energy choices, especially if you’re constantly feeling around in the dark. We knew that homeowners had plenty of concerns about choosing a Continue Reading
man and woman solar installation Interview with an Expert: Why Solar is a Solid Investment
A little overwhelmed by the financials of solar? We know the feeling well—that initial down payment can seem like a lot. But when you really drill down into your system’s cost of return, it can offer some serious savings over time. To get a better sense of these factors, as well as what goes into a residential installation, we spoke Continue Reading
solar panel removal Solar Panel Removal—What Does It Entail and How Much Does It Cost?
Maybe it’s time to for a reroof. Maybe you plan on selling your home soon and want to bring your solar panels along with you to your new property. Or maybe your panels have become damaged, in need of repair or cleaning. Whatever the reason, sometimes a solar panel removal just makes sense. But looking for information about their removal often seems a Continue Reading
horizontal vs vertical solar panels Horizontal vs Vertical Solar Panel Installation
Did you know you have a choice when it comes to the orientation that your solar panels are installed on your roof? Vertical solar panels are so common, that it can come as a surprise to many that solar panels can be installed horizontally. And horizontal solar panel installation is not only possible, it’s a valid option for your home. Continue Reading
solar charging station Top Five Solar Panel Uses
Did you know that solar panel uses go beyond traditional installations on home rooftops? From solar ovens to solar swimming pool heaters, there is a solar energy solution for all of your energy needs. Solar panels can be made as small as those found on calculators or as large as the roof on your home, which is one of the Continue Reading
skylight in bath Energy Efficient Skylights
Skylights are some of the hardest-working windows around. They can add a wash of natural light to your home, open up a dim corridor, or boost the luxury of your master bath without sacrificing privacy. And they even reduce some of the need for artificial lighting, which adds up to a small savings on your energy bill. Unfortunately, not all Continue Reading
Solar Powered Sidewalk Average Solar Panel Dimensions and Sizes
Did you know that solar panels come in different sizes depending on their intended use? For example, it wouldn’t make sense for solar powered sidewalk lights to use the same size solar panel as a two-story home, right? Solar panels used for residential projects generally come in a standard size, which meets the needs for most homeowners because they fit Continue Reading
kilowatt hour energy meter What Is the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency and How Do I Use It?
Rebates, incentives, and loan programs, oh my! When it comes to solar energy and other home efficiency updates, there’s a dazzling variety of ways to save. Your choices range all the way from federal tax incentives right down to rebate programs from your local energy provider. In fact, you could have hundreds of different programs at your disposal to make Continue Reading
solar panel pitch Solar Panel Cost Per Watt
There are dozens of valid reasons why installing residential solar panels is a great idea. Perhaps the most common reason is that it will save you money on your electricity bill. In fact, over the lifespan of your solar panels, they will pay for themselves— and then some! Now, maybe you’re already positive you’re going to install solar panels, but 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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