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Solar Lanterns: Everything You Need To Know

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Whether you’re in your yard or exploring the outdoors at night, light your way using the sun!

We know that we can harness energy from the sun to power our homes. But what about using solar power in other environments? As solar energy becomes a more widely used resource, its uses have expanded. I’ve seen solar-powered water heaters and even solar powered street lights! Today we are going to look at the ease and convenience of solar powered lights, specifically solar lanterns.

Solar lanterns are an economical, convenient way to brighten an area, whether you are camping in the wilderness or just going out in the backyard. We’ll go over some pros and cons, and recommend a few quality solar lanterns for your outdoor needs.

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Sunlight vs Intensity: Calculating Sun Hours Per Day by Zip Code

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How to determine if you get enough sun to make solar panels worth it

Do you live in a sunny state and think that solar panels may be a good investment to cut down on your energy bills and improve the value of your home? Or maybe you live in a less sunny state and believe solar panels would be suicide from an investment perspective. In reality, the decision to go solar is more complicated than just calculating sun hours per day by zip code.

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Wisconsin Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Wisconsin

America's Dairyland might be known for its cows, cheese, and snow, but it is also a very nice place to be if you are interested in going solar! Wisconsin solar is very viable, thanks to rebates, credits, and other benefits.

Despite those long winters, relatively small energy needs coupled with excellent rebates and tax credits mean that you can pay off a system fast and start enjoying the benefits of solar very quickly. Depending on where you live, you might also get some benefits from your local utility.

Read on to see how you can make money by helping the environment in Wisconsin!

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Missouri Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Missouri

Missouri solar has been hampered by a few lapses in solar-friendly policies and government support, but that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of people living there saying, "Show Me the Sun!" In fact, Missouri ranks about middle of the pack regarding solar adoption, and there are still plenty of reasons to consider purchasing a new solar system in this state.

Despite the fact that many people think of snow and cold weather in Missouri, the truth is that they get over two hundred sunny days per year and have warm, pleasant weather on average.

The financial landscape in Missouri might not be the most compelling reason to make the leap to solar, but don't worry because you'll still come out ahead in the end. Depending on where you live, however, you might come out way ahead!

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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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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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The Best Solar Lights for Outdoor Use

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Not quite ready to go full scale solar? Take baby steps with outdoor solar lights.

Outdoor solar lights enhance landscaping and improve safety, and there are many options for your lighting needs: solar garden lights, solar landscape lights, solar path lights, and stair lights. Similar to rooftop solar panels, they convert solar rays into electricity and then store it in a small battery pack for use at night. If you are looking for a creative and cost-effective way to light your yard without much fuss, we’ll help you choose the best solar lights for you.

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Yuma Solar – Everything You Need to Know

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Information about Solar Panels in Yuma Arizona

If you’re thinking about installing solar panels in Yuma, Arizona and wondering where to start, look no further!

This city page is specifically about Solar Panels Yuma, AZ. For more general state information, see our Arizona solar energy state page, or search for other city pages that may be near you.

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What is a solar carport, and how much does it cost?

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While a normal carport provides covered shelter for a parked car, a solar carport provides power too!

Before we elaborate on a solar carport, let’s look at a normal carport in a residential setting. A carport is often used as a cheaper alternative to a full garage, providing shelter from the elements, but not really doing much to increase security. Keeping your car under cover when parked has a lot of benefits: in sweltering heat, the car is kept cool in the shade; in colder weather, the carport keeps the car protected from rain, frost, and snow.

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