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How you can Reduce Energy Costs and Save a Buck

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Solar is great, but aren’t there other ways to save money on your electricity bills?

Well, as a matter of fact, yes, there are! Installing energy efficiency measures – like LED lightbulbs – around your home and changing a few basic habits can drastically drop your electricity bills for much less money than installing solar.

Not to say solar is bad. Consider energy efficiency as a prelude to going solar. By reducing the amount of energy you consume, you can install a smaller solar system. Energy efficiency and solar go together quite nicely!Continue reading

What is the Most Efficient Electric Heater?

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Using the most efficient electric heater will help cut down on heating costs.

When it comes to heating our homes, more and more people are choosing an efficient electric heater over natural gas. If you’re wondering what kind to install and have a solar array, the question becomes a bit easier to answer: if you go electric, you can use the energy you generate to actually run your heater!

If you’re in the market for an upgrade, how do you know what to look for in a new heater? What are the different types, and which one is the most efficient electric heater? Let’s take a look to answer all these questions!

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Solar Water Pumps: Versatile Wonders

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Solar water pumps are cost-effective and have multiple uses.

Solar power is quickly becoming an affordable way to reduce energy costs. A novel way of saving money through solar power is the use of solar powered water pumps. Using a pump powered by the sun is a great way to provide water in places where conventional electricity is not an option, but what are they and why are they so great? Read on and we’ll explain!

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Wiring Solar Panels in Series vs Parallel: Which Is Better?

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Understand the difference between wiring your solar panels in series vs parallel.

You want your solar panels to deliver the maximum amount of energy possible, right? But did you know how your solar panels are connected within the electrical wiring of your house makes a difference in how well they work? Connecting your solar panel in series vs parallel affects current flow and is dictated by your installation’s setup.

Warning: Science below! While we’re not going to get too deep into the details, the difference between connecting solar panels in series vs in parallel is an intermediate level solar discussion. If you’re looking for something a bit more on the beginner level, check out our articles How Do Solar Panels Work? and Everything You Need to Know About Solar Inverter Types.

OK, now that the disclaimer is out of the way, we’re ready!

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How Many Watts Does a TV Use? You Might Be Surprised

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If energy efficiency is your focus, we show you how many watts a TV uses.

How many watts does a TV use? With today’s high-efficiency models, the answer is surprisingly low (though of course, it depends on your TV). Take a look below for the answer, as well as tips on how to find your own TV’s wattage, and how many solar panels it would take to power your TV throughout the year.Continue reading

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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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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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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What is the Average Electricity Bill in Los Angeles?

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What’s the average electricity bill in Los Angeles and how do you make it more affordable?

When it comes to your electricity bill, do you know how much you are spending per month on powering your home or business in Los Angeles? Did you know that there are several different factors that influence how much your monthly electric bill will rise or decline? That’s right – you can make your electricity bill more affordable in many different ways.

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