Home Solar Ideas & Information for Homeowners

Solar-rural-home Are Your Neighbors Getting in the Way of Your Solar Power?
Do you have a right to solar power? The short answer is: it depends. The long answer has to do with your state legislation, local permitting boards and zoning commissions, and the governing rules of your homeowners’ association. In many states, the government protects your right to install solar on your roof. However, where these laws don’t exist, some HOAs Continue Reading
solarskin on terra cotta Ask an Expert: What’s Next for Solar Power?
Solar is definitely taking off across the country—but California, which leads the US in residential installations, has some of the most cutting-edge energy options available. Today we sat down with Ruben Ugarte, the Director of Business Development at Horizon Solar Power in Temecula, California, to talk financing options, the future of solar, and just what makes Californians so good at Continue Reading
Ask an Expert: What Are Some Ways to Afford Solar Energy?
Many homeowners who are new to solar energy don’t realize how many purchasing structures exist to help them afford solar panels. Leases, loans, and PPAs allow homeowners to install solar on their homes with little to no money down, and reap all the benefits of a reduced monthly utility bill without a costly upfront purchase. There are subtle differences between Continue Reading
Solar panels on a home. Can you Install Solar Panels on a Tile Roof?
Whether you’re purchasing a home with a tile roof, or you’re about to have one installed, you’ve already made a sound investment in your home. Tile roofing is a beautiful way to enhance the appearance of your home while providing long-lasting protection against harsh weather and fire. While the cost of installation can be expensive, you can expect your tile Continue Reading
solar panels with trackers What Are the Pros and Cons of a Solar Tracker System?
If you clicked on this article, then there’s a good chance you already know a little bit about solar power. Just in case though, here’s a little background on solar trackers. The solar tracker is an automated module fitted to your system that reads the angle of the sun and adjusts your panels to compensate, thus maximizing your system’s solar output. Continue Reading
Ground mounted solar installation Could a Ground Mounted Solar Installation Be Right for You?
We’re used thinking of solar panels as the exclusive domain of rooftops, but many of the most productive installations in the world are a lot lower to the ground. If your home doesn’t have the ideal orientation and slant for solar power, a ground-mounted solar installation may be better than one on your roof. Ditto if you have a lot of shade Continue Reading
solar shed Where to Install Solar—Instead of on the Roof
You love everything about solar energy—the environmental impact, the high-tech vibe, and especially the utility savings—but you can’t quite fall in love with the way they look. Luckily, you don’t have to choose between a bulky rooftop solar installation or nothing at all. Homeowners these days have all kinds of options to make use of the sun’s energy. And many Continue Reading
row houses with solar panels Microgrids Could Make Solar a Lot More Neighborly
What if you could set up your solar energy system and bypass your utilities altogether? With more powerful lithium ion batteries coming out on the market, some homeowners are beginning to see the electric company as an unnecessary middleman. That’s exactly what happened in Brooklyn this year. Residents there set up their own microgrid—a network of independently owned and operated Continue Reading
young couple at the bank Should I Refinance to Afford an Energy Efficiency Improvement?
Energy efficiency projects come in all sizes—and the big ones often take a lot of green. For instance, if you install solar panels, high performance heating and air conditioning, or all new Low-E windows throughout your home, it could cost thousands of dollars when all is said and done. And although these projects stand to substantially impact household utility bills in Continue Reading
Autumn landscape with solar panels How the Seasons Impact Your Solar Panels
Just like the leaves on the trees, your home’s energy production changes with the seasons. In fact, certain weather conditions can have a noticeable effect on your system, decreasing efficiency by as much as 25 percent. But with the right equipment, you can keep your panels humming away all year long. Here’s what you need to know about seasonal fluctuations—and what 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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