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How to Make a DIY Pool Heater

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A comprehensive guide to building your own DIY solar pool heater.

Owning a pool can be quite expensive, between all the chemicals, equipment, upkeep, and heating. In fact, heating alone can cause your swimming pool budget to balloon pretty quickly. A DIY pool heater powered by the sun could make these expenses less challenging, so read on to find out how you can create one yourself.

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Rhode Island Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Rhode Island

Rhode Island may be the smallest state in the Union, but there are some very big reasons why Rhode Island solar can be a big hit for you. Between the grant program, federal tax credit, and some absolutely insane performance payments offered in the state, there is more than enough here to make a strong financial argument for getting over the pre-solar jitters. The performance payments alone can total around $5,000 in savings over time! It is clear that the state government strongly endorses both current and future solar in the state, and Rhode Island homeowners enjoy some of the highest solar savings in the country!

Read on to find out more about how you could save a lot of money while positively impacting the environment at the same time!

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Louisiana Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Louisiana

To anyone seriously considering Louisiana solar, we're going to come right out and say that it is a challenging landscape to make a good return on your investment here. Policy in this state has been very generous in the past, but due to retroactive caps placed on their best incentive, many people are finding it difficult to make a choice to go solar.

In Louisiana, your desire for solar power must be strongly motivated by helping to save the environment and provide renewable energy for yourself to move away from using fossil fuels.

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How to Set Up a Solar Driveway Gate

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A solar driveway gate provides the ultimate convenience.

Although solar driveway gates might seem a bit foreign to someone living in the city or a compact suburban neighborhood, they are quite common in rural areas where driveways can be longer than football fields.

Ranches, farms, and other working land plots often require fencing to protect livestock and crops from potential threats. This fencing also serves to distinguish land borders and helps to keep order on an otherwise sprawling acreage.

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Energy Saving Curtains and Other Window Improvements

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Energy efficiency in the home will lower energy costs.

How can energy saving curtains, awnings, and blinds make a difference in your home?

In many of the posts on this blog, we talk about solar energy, how to ensure that your solar system is performing well, and giving you tips so that you are generating as much power as possible for your needs. Just as important, however, is what happens to that energy after it has been created and used to power things in your home, such as your air conditioner or heater.

Houses are ripe with opportunities for cracks, crevices, and other openings that allow your cooled (or heated) air to escape. Even more insidious is the fact that a lot of that energy escapes right through your windows, even if they are closed!

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How to Calculate Energy Efficiency Ratio (using AC as an Example)

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How to calculate energy efficiency ratio

Shopping for new appliances is never an easy task, and your job only gets more complicated if you are shopping for energy efficiency as well as price. Cooling capacities, reverse cycles, energy efficiency ratio, and louvered sides are all terms that a concerned consumer should be familiar with if they are on the hunt for the most environmentally friendly air conditioner that won’t break the bank.

Luckily, these things are pretty easy to figure out with a little research, and today we are going to be talking a little about the energy efficiency ratio that you will often see advertised on an air conditioner’s label. We’ll also talk about how this ratio is related to the Energy Star certification you’re likely already familiar with, and find out what is truly the most important aspect to consider for your new investment.

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Why Have Solar Power Subsidies in the United States?

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Does the US still need solar power subsidies when solar is so popular?

Without getting into too many of the nitty gritty details, energy subsidies exist in order to help get new or struggling technologies off the ground and able to compete on their own, and solar power subsidies are no exception. The reason new technologies need help is simple: money.

According to a recent study, energy subsidies have been around since at least 1789, when our country placed a tariff on the selling of any British coal entering America. Since that time, federal money has flowed to industries such as coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear, and renewable energy.

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Do I Need Snow Guards for Solar Panels?

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Ever experienced a solar panel avalanche? Then read on to find out if you need snow guards for solar panels.

Although people living in warmer climates would never consider how snow could impact their solar experience and even ask the question if they need snow guards for solar panels, those residing in the northern regions of the US must always consider their weather when it comes to anything exposed to the elements. Failure to take mother nature into consideration often has dire consequences and how you handle your solar installation is no different.

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What Are Some Good Solar Panel Cleaning Tools?

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If it’s time to spruce up your solar panels, let’s first look at the best solar panel cleaning tools.

You probably remember the moment your shiny new solar panels arrived at your home and were installed on your roof. Just like we marvel at brand new TVs with no fingerprints or smudges fouling the picture, pristine solar panels can be quite impressive. But just like that TV, solar panels will start to accumulate dust and dirt on the surface very quickly, and that is when you have to consider your solar panel cleaning tools.

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How Many Solar Panels does it take to Charge an Electric Car?

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How many solar panels are needed to charge an electric car?

The residential solar industry has enjoyed a huge growth spurt over the last decade due to falling prices and new financing mechanisms. At the same time, electric car ownership has grown steadily, pushed forward by companies like Tesla and Nissan that are constantly researching and developing new ways to make electric vehicles cheaper and go further on a single charge.

Some electric car drivers are even installing solar on their home’s roof to charge their car. An electric car powered by clean, renewable energy? Yes, please! This idea though might leave you asking the obvious question “How many solar panels does it take to charge an electric car?”

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