6 Ways That You Can Cut Your Home Energy Use Today

Six Easy Ways to Cut Your Home Energy Use  

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It’s clear that we all need to be doing our part to reduce our overall dependence on fossil fuels. You may not realize it, but cutting our home energy use could have a long way toward diminishing our impact on the climate.

Like most people, you probably realize that there are a couple of ways that you could modify your behavior to conserve energy at home. You may already be doing something to minimize your energy use. But if you’d like to do a bit more, read on for six easy ways that you can cut your home energy use even further. Read more

Selling or Buying a Home With Solar: Everything You Need to Know

Solar Is a Definite Plus for Any Current or Prospective Homeowner

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Each and every day, the sun delivers more clean energy to the Earth than all of humankind can use in an entire year. What this means to current and prospective homeowners is that solar power systems are an asset. Regardless of sensational news stories claiming that solar power systems may complicate the sale of a home for both buyer and seller, solar remains an investment that definitely pays back dividends over the course of owning a home.

The Benefits of Owning a Home With a Solar Power System

A well-installed solar power system can allow a homeowner access to clean, renewable energy to power all a home’s energy needs for significantly less than current conventional energy costs. This savings includes the cost of the PV system itself when factored over the life of the system. Additionally, with conventional energy costs continuing to increase, an investment in renewable energy for your home is a hedge against whatever the costs will be in the decades to come. Read more

10 Facts About the California Solar Industry You Probably Didn’t Know

Getting to Know the California Solar Industry

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The very first silicon solar energy cell was built by Bell Labs in New Jersey in the mid-nineteen fifties. Since then, California has quickly outpaced New Jersey in terms of adopting, developing, and installing solar power systems. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, California leads all U.S. states in its use of and conversion to solar power.

1. Solar Energy Is the Most Abundant Energy Source in California

Because of California’s near-unchallenged number of sunny days and the ongoing depletion of the state’s fossil fuel reserves, solar power is the energy of the future in the Golden State. Read more

Solar Resources for CA: Navigating the California Solar Statistics Website

How to Take Advantage of the California Solar Statistics Website

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If you’re thinking about going solar in California, you might want to prep yourself for the process by learning a bit more about the various programs available to citizens of the Golden State. Thankfully, the California Solar Initiative (CSI), in conjunction with the California Public Utilities Commission has put together a data-rich, easily navigable website that can put you in touch with actual data.

The data that you’ll find on the site has been summarized from the CSI General Market, Single Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH), Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) programs, along with photovoltaic NEM connection data and other figures and tables regarding solar usage and benefits in California. It’s a great place to learn more before you take the leap to solar. Read more

What Is the California Solar Initiative and Do I Qualify?

Can Going Solar Get Any Sweeter?

California Solar Incentive rebate

If you’re a California resident and you’re considering going solar, then you may have heard of the California Solar Initiative.

Initiated in 2007, this incentive offered cash back for installing solar on your home or business. Unfortunately, rebates for residential solar installations have been exhausted and the program is no longer available to homeowners.

The good news is that as of this writing, San Diego Gas and Electric Commercial customers may still be able to get in on this great rebate, so if you’re a business owner in “America’s Finest City,” then you may want to take note. You might still be able to take advantage of this forward-thinking initiative. Read more