Making Solar Energy Work For You

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A move from traditional fossil fuels to a renewable source of energy is not something to be taken lightly. There are costs involved and variables, such as location and funding that influence the outcome. Solar energy is always a better solution in the long-run and when you do make the change, the tips below will only help increase the savings and improve your experience.

Having a pool is a luxury that is becoming unaffordable for many families. Have you watched the past couple summers pass by, without opening up the pool? Switching your system over to renewable solar energy can help make it possible to keep enjoying your pool, without the high energy bill each month.

SEI Team Member, Bertram Peterson helped solar power a refugee camp in Greece

"Bertram Peterson, SEI Spanish Program Curriculum Translator and Developer, recently participated on an installation of 24 kw interconnected PV systems in a refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece. “In order to improve the living conditions in the camp, I joined a team from TU Delft to found Energy for Refugees, an NGO that aims to provide […]
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Solar energy systems work for a long time when they are maintained. Inspect your solar energy system on a monthly basis and hose down the panels to remove dirt and grime. You might want a professional to do this, but you save more if you do it on your own.

 
Using a water heater that runs on solar power is one method in being good to the environment. There are many kinds of solar water heaters like the solar powered tankless system and solar powered water tanks. You can put these in a good location positioned on your roof.
 
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Purchase batteries to store excess solar energy. These batteries are similar to rechargeable batteries; however, they use the sun's energy to power up the batteries. This energy can be used in the evenings and at night to help power your appliances, televisions and lighting requirements. These batteries are relatively inexpensive making them a great choice for the beginner.
 
Solar energy can help save you money on your utility bill. The sun's energy is free for you to use, and can help you save money when you have solar energy panels installed on your home or place of business. If you want to learn how you can save money with solar energy, call a professional in your area.
 
Do not clean your solar panels with abrasive chemicals. You should use some lukewarm water, a soft cloth and some biodegradable soap if needed. Clean your panels at least once a month or more frequently if you notice your green energy system is not producing as much power as it should.
 
You can start off gradually by switching simple systems such as exterior lights and your hot water heater to a solar powered system. Start with smaller appliances, one at a time. Converting a little bit at a time can help you feel more confident about committing to solar energy for your home.

6 Common Pitfalls to Large-Scale Renewable Energy Procurement Success—and How to Avoid Them

"Adopting renewable energy at scale via power purchase agreement can be both challenging and rewarding. Renewables can add tangible brand and PR value, increase an organization’s resiliency to climate change, mitigate current and future risks such as energy price volatility and climate regulations including carbon taxes, achieve publicly committed renewable energy and carbon reduction goals, […]
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Bigger doesn't mean better when considering solar panels. Quality solar panels are identified by many factors, including wattage, brand, materials used, warranty and more. Consider each of these factors before deciding on a solar panel or system.
 
Once your panels are in place, keep an eye on them and monitor them regularly. Get to know what you daily output of energy is, what everything looks like when operating optimally and even keep a record of such things. This can help you quickly notice when something isn't working correctly and help you ascertain where the problem is.
 
Interview a few different solar panel installers before choosing the one for you. You've made a big investment by choosing solar panels, and you don't want any costly mistakes occurring during the installation. Find a team that knows their stuff. A company that has a track record that you can respect.
 
When most people think about solar energy, they think that it has to cost a lot of money, but it doesn't. If you want to use solar energy, but you have a limited budget, you can install solar powered lights in your yard. This is a good way to save energy without spending more than you can afford.

Driving on Sunshine in the Sunshine State

"Last week we hit the road in sunny South Florida and hosted our first series of ride and drive events! Floridians were able to  take a spin in an electric vehicle (EV)…
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When you are serious about your move to solar energy and begin using panels that sink more than 6 watts, invest in a solar controller. These small controls help maximize the efficiency of the charge cycle and prevent any wasted overcharging from occurring. When there is a lot of energy at stake, these are a must have for your solar-home.
 
If you are running low on space across the roof, install new panels at ground level for even more savings. Panels in the yard are still an improvement above typical fossil fuels. The idea is to add as many panels as you can and store as much energy as possible.
 
Think about where you live when putting a solar panel system on your roof. Consider latitude during installation to get the most electrical output you can from the panels.
 
If you are thinking about installing solar panels in your home, it is very important that you purchase them from a reputable company. With solar power becoming so popular, there are a number of new businesses popping up all the time. Be sure and deal with a company that you can trust.
 
Keep a tight record of the energy that your panels produce. In this record you should include what the weather was on that given day. This way you will notice if there are a significant decline in what the system is producing, and then you can take action right away.
 
If you think you might need to replace your roof in the near future, hold off on installing solar panels. Solar panels can be difficult for some roof installers to contend with, and this means a more difficult and increasingly costly roof repair bill. If you can afford to wait on the panels and replace your roof first, this is the way to go.
 
You have likely already made the choice to remove your reliance on fossil fuels and start a new life using solar energy as your main source of power. The technology used today is less-harmful on the environment and more efficient than what was in use years ago. Breakthroughs occur every day and every day you could be saving even more.