Category Archives: Other Clean Technologies

Articles & advice about other clean energy technologies for homes and businesses such as wind, energy efficiency, solar hot water, and geothermal.

Solar Energy vs. Wind Energy: Which is Right for Your Home?

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Installing a renewable energy system on your property is one of the best ways to save money on your electricity bills while reducing your impact on the environment. Often, your decision will be between solar energy and wind energy. If you’re a homeowner weighing your renewable energy options, you already know that thorough research is the best way to find the right system for your home. Here’s everything you need to know about the benefits of residential wind vs. solar so that you can make your decision with confidence.

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What are Some Renewable Resources? Examples of Alternative Energy

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The era of renewable resources and alternative energy has arrived. It’s cheaper now than ever before to generate electricity from solar, wind, hydropower and other examples of renewable resources, catapulting them from fringe options to the fastest-growing energy resources in the country. In the first nine months of 2015, 62 percent of new electricity in the United States came from sources of alternative energy. Of that, almost 15 percent came from solar power! What are some other examples of renewable energy? We’ll go down the list.

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Tesla and Solar: Charge Your Luxury Car with the Solar Panels on Your Roof

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Following the news of Tesla’s acquisition of U.S. solar installer giant SolarCity, the world has been keeping a close eye on Elon Musk and his two prosperous clean energy ventures. Tesla and SolarCity, electric cars and solar panels – a two-front war waged against grid reliance and energy dependence. In 2016, Musktopia is both expanding and constricting as two of the tech entrepreneur’s five companies are joining forces around one common goal: decimating your carbon footprint.

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How is solar energy used? The 5 most common examples of solar power

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With so many different gadgets and technologies that could leverage solar power in the modern era, many are wondering “how is solar energy used?” Whether it’s powering renewable transportation or charging a wireless speaker, the list of examples of solar energy is endless, leaving many homeowners wondering how far they can really go when they decide to “go solar.”

What is Solar Energy Used For?

Solar energy uses captured sunlight to create photovoltaic power (PV) or concentrated solar power (CSP) for solar heating. This energy conversion allows solar to be used to power auto motives, lights, pools, heaters and gadgets.

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Solar & Smart Thermostats: An Eco-Friendly House

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Solar panels and smart thermostats are two of the most powerful technologies available to help you take control of your home’s energy consumption. By installing solar and a smart thermostat in your home, you can minimize your environmental impact and maximize your clean power use. Here’s why solar panels and smart thermostats are the best way to turn your home into a 21st-century eco-friendly house.

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Why You Should Combine Eco Friendly Homes with Solar Panels

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There’s a reason why home energy efficiency measures are referred to as the “low-hanging fruit” of home energy upgrades. Achieving an eco friendly house can be as simple as swapping out incandescent light bulbs for LEDs or installing a programmable thermostat that only heats or cools your home when you’re there to enjoy it. Simple energy efficiency measures are one of the easiest ways to make an investment in your home and reduce your home energy costs – but they will only take you so far. Continue reading

News Roundup: A Solar-Powered Super Bowl, Solar Maintains 60% Growth Rate

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If you’re starting to believe that 2016 might just be the #YearofSolar, you’ll love the news out of the solar industry this week: IHS forecasted that solar installations will grow by 60 percent in 2016, Sunrun and SolarCity announced significant investor backing and Massachusetts unveiled $15 million of funding for solar in low-income households. Find these exciting developments and more in this week’s Solar News Roundup.

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Solar Water Heating and Solar Space Heaters Explained

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Curious how the process of thermal heating works with solar water heaters? Read more to find out how these heaters can provide efficient energy alternatives

You already know that solar panels can generate electricity for your home, but that’s not all that solar energy can do. There are other solar technologies that make use of the sun’s thermal energy to help heat up homes and lower one’s heating bills, including solar water heating and solar space heaters.

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Do Solar Panels and Electric Cars Work Together?

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Contrary to popular belief, electric cars and solar panels are complimentary goods, not substitutes. Going green is that much easier when you have both!

Shopping for a new car? If you’re looking for one that makes the most financial sense, you should definitely consider an electric car. With high and volatile gas prices, many car shoppers are exploring alternative fuel vehicles such as hybrid or electric cars.

On first blush, these cars may seem more expensive, but if you conduct a full “cost of ownership” analysis, the gap narrows considerably and electric cars may even come out ahead. What’s really amazing, though, is what happens to the cost of owning and operating an electric car when the electricity you use to fuel it is produced by a solar panel system installed at your home or business.  When you add solar panels to the mix, the electric car becomes incredibly economical. Here’s how it works: Continue reading