Now that it’s the middle of summer, Californians are taking advantage of their pools. What many homeowners might not know is that keeping their pool clean via pool pump could be a lot cheaper. If you still have an old single- or dual-speed pool pump and are tracking your energy consumption, you likely know that your single-speed pump is a giant energy hog. Replacing it with a variable speed pump can radically cut energy usage, and can save you hundreds of dollars per year.
With the solar eclipse coming on Monday, August 21, 2017—and another coming in 2024—we’re getting more questions about the effects of solar eclipses on solar power. This is a great opportunity to discuss some basic facts about solar and what happens when the sun isn’t shining.
One of the biggest drivers of the rooftop solar trend has been net energy metering (NEM). NEM is an agreement between a homeowner and the local electric utility. Under NEM, homeowners generating excess electricity from their rooftop solar systems can send it back to the electric utility, which credits the customer’s bill. NEM benefits homeowners because the bill credits increase the return on their rooftop solar investment. Depending on how the arrangement works, it can also benefit utilities, who can lock in low rates for power that they don’t have to generate elsewhere.
For years, net energy metering (NEM) has been a key driver for solar adoption. This arrangement obligates utilities to credit homeowners for any net unused energy sent from their rooftop solar systems. So in addition to saving on your electric bill, you could also “make” money on your excess power generation. That’s a great deal. Read more Is It Worth Installing Solar Panels in Los Angeles?
If you’ve done any research into rooftop solar systems for your home, you’ll notice a lot of “average system size” numbers tossed around. The Center for Sustainable Energy puts the average residential system size at 5kW, as do many other sources. However, averages are only so useful when determining the proper system size for your home. Let’s take a look at what information you’ll need to get an accurate assessment for your unique needs.