How do solar panel systems fare against hurricanes?

In recent years, a number of hurricanes swept through the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in massive amounts of devastation to a number of island and coastal communities. Prior to the storm, there were numerous solar panel systems installed throughout the communities, and the impact to these systems was quite varied based … More How do solar panel systems fare against hurricanes?

How does solar impact human health?

When you think about solar panels, what environmental benefits cross your mind? The obvious environmental benefit is that the energy is “clean,” but what exactly does this entail? The use of solar panels generates a number of environmental benefits such as a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, reduction in air pollutant emissions, and reduction in … More How does solar impact human health?

How can solar be more affordable to me?

According to residents, upfront costs are the primary inhibitor for solar panel adoption. The upfront costs of solar energy are relatively expensive in comparison to remaining on a traditional utility supplier. However, the average payback of the solar investment is only five to ten years in comparison to a lifetime reliance on a utility company. … More How can solar be more affordable to me?

Is solar power an option at my property? Part 2

Orientation, tilt and shading are three concepts that are important for assessing if your property is a good site for harnessing solar power. Last time, we covered orientation, so this post is dedicated to tilt (also known as pitch or angle). READ: Part 1 of ‘Is solar power an option at my property?’ Building off of … More Is solar power an option at my property? Part 2

Why should I care about reducing energy consumption?

Reducing energy consumption in your home doesn’t just help the environment, it also helps you. 1. Reduce the cost of living When you choose to reduce energy consumption, you reduce the cost of living. The cumulative effect of many small energy efficiency measures can add up to large savings year after year. When it comes … More Why should I care about reducing energy consumption?