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Best Tips For Green Home Design

Whether you are building a new home or renovating your existing one, why not make it as sustainable as possible? Green home design supports a healthy lifestyle and raises your home’s value. You will also feel good knowing you’ve done the right thing for the planet and everyone on it.

There are so many green home ideas and products available today that choosing among them can get a little overwhelming. It can help to keep the following basic principles in mind when deciding on features for your green home:

Cloudy Cities Produce Solar Power Too

Glasgow, Scotland has the dubious distinction of being the cloudiest city in Europe. You’d never think solar could pay off there, would you? But gloomy Glasgow recently outfitted eight of its schools with solar photovoltaic panels — and the solar installations are expected to save the city £780,000 in electricity costs over the next 20 years.

Many people think it’s impossible to get a return from solar panels on cloudy days, or in cloudy climates. A quick peek at cloudy cities all over the globe, however, reveals increasing numbers of solar rooftops quietly cranking out power — and proving this “common knowledge” to be nothing more than myth.

For example, overcast Germany generates a higher percentage of its electricity from solar than nearly any other country. Singapore, a city known for its cloudy climate, is aiming to raise its percentage of electricity generated from solar to 20 percent by 2050. And the U.K. recently enjoyed an unbroken six-month period where it generated more electricity from solar than from coal.

5 Ways Renters Can Go Solar

Nearly three out of four Americans now advocate making renewable energy a priority. Solar is by far the most accessible form of renewable energy available to most homeowners. Thanks to market demand and wide availability of financing options, it’s also one of the most affordable.

But what if you don’t own your home? Can you still enjoy the financial, social and environmental benefits of solar if you rent?

6 Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint At Home

It’s getting harder and harder to deny that our planet is warming, and that human activity is a contributing factor. The effects are observable around the globe — longer and greater heat waves, increased drought, loss of sea ice, receding coastlines, and more severe and destructive storm activity.

Solar Panel Preparation

Get Ready, Get Set, Go Solar! Solar Panel Preparation Tips

Solar panel installation is a great choice for homeowners wishing to make a long-term investment toward financial savings, energy independence and environmental responsibility. Once installed, solar panels lower your utility bills and will provide clean, emissions-free energy for your home or business for decades.

Just as with any other home improvement project, proper planning pays off. Here are some solar panel preparation tips to help you get the most from your panels.

5 Reasons To Install Solar-Powered Attic Fans On Your Home

When you think “rooftop solar,” panels usually come to mind. However, there’s another type of solar you might want to consider installing on your roof.

Solar attic fans are small, standalone rooftop ventilation devices powered by the sun. Like other attic fans, they help cool your attic in the summer and address wintertime condensation issues. Yet you might be surprised to learn that solar-powered attic fans actually work better than their conventional, line-driven counterparts.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of solar attic fans.

How Weather Affects Solar Panel Efficiency

A common concern among first-time solar buyers is the effect of weather on solar panels. For the most part, there is little to worry about. Like your trusty postal carrier, a good-quality solar panel will work despite rain, snow, sleet and hail. However, it would be untrue to claim that weather does not affect panel efficiency. Let’s take a look at what happens when weather and solar panels meet.

How School's Can Reduce Energy Costs

Our children are our country’s future. Yet so many school districts today face budget constraints that restrict the learning experiences they are able to provide their students. One way to help the situation is to examine a school’s energy use profile, and implement improvements to energy efficiency. Not only can energy-efficiency initiatives free up funds, many of them can also be incorporated into curricula and/or used as teaching devices to provide myriad hands-on learning opportunities for kids.

Here are some energy-conservation tips for creating more energy-efficient schools:

6 Things To Know Before Buying Solar Panels

Seeing more solar panels lately? If so, your neighborhood is in line with current trends. Industry analysts Frost & Sullivan predict continued exponential growth in solar for the next five years, with solar becoming a mainstream global power source by 2020.

With that in mind, you may find yourself considering adding solar to your own home. If you are, here is what you need to know about solar panels as you prepare to go solar:

Where Do Solar Panels Store Energy?

Where Do Solar Panels Store Energy?

It’s common to hear people speak of solar panels as though they were all you need to go solar. However, solar panels are just one piece of the picture. A solar panel simply captures the sun’s energy and converts it into electricity or heat. Sometimes you can use that energy right away. But the sun isn’t consistent, and neither are your energy needs. On bright, sunny days, your panels may produce more than you need at the time. At night or on a dark, stormy day, your panels may produce little to nothing for a while. However, those are often the times when you need the energy most.

Clearly, just creating energy from the sun isn’t enough. You also have to have some way to store that energy so it’s available for use when you need it.

Have you ever asked yourself, “How is solar energy stored?” If so, you’re in the right place, because that’s exactly what we’re going to explore here.