When you’re deciding to go solar, one of the first things you’ll want to know is “How much will it cost?” In general, it can range from $15,000-$30,000 before incentives or electric bill savings. But why is there such a wide range in prices, and why might installers quote you higher or lower figures? Let’s look at the main components of rooftop solar system pricing.
When solar energy moved into the mass market in 2010, many potential buyers hesitated. Who would cover the warranty if the panels failed to produce power as advertised—especially if the panel maker went belly-up? Who would you call upon to maintain the equipment?
Ever since 2012, the tiny house industry has been growing into a movement of cost-conscious, ecologically responsible homeowners. This is especially true in California. In fact, some California cities like Fresno and Ojai have permitted tiny houses to be built in homeowners’ backyards, which can then be rented out as supplemental income.
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.