Solar for flat roofs

Have a flat roof? Why it could be the perfect setup for solar

Solar is a smart energy decision for homes and businesses with many different types of roofs, including those that are flat. However, with a flat roof, you’ll need to keep a few considerations in mind as you go through the installation process. We’ll walk you through what you need to know about solar for flat roofs before you install and how your flat roof solar system could end up being even more efficient than a traditional solar system.

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Net metering vs. net billing: what to know about solar production compensation

In a perfect world, your home’s solar system would precisely meet your electricity demands – nothing more and nothing less. In reality, there will be days when your panels produce more electricity than you use (sunny summer days), and days when they won’t produce enough (shorter, cloudier days and nights). When this happens, net metering and net billing allow you to essentially use the grid as storage; excess energy produced by your panels transfers to the grid in exchange for credits. In times when your solar system isn’t able to meet your energy needs and you need to pull electricity from the grid, you can use these credits to compensate.

In this article, we explain the difference between net metering and net billing compensation structures, different types of net metering and net billing, and where these programs are being offered across the country. 

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Heat pump sizing guide: Bigger is not better

A heat pump’s size tells you how much space it can heat or cool (basically). When you get the right-sized heat pump for your house, it can keep your home perfectly comfortable all year and save you thousands of dollars on the costs of installation, energy, and maintenance. 

Actually finding the proper size is pretty tricky, though, and even heat pump installers can come up with wildly different estimates—if they aren’t careful with their calculations. After speaking with HVAC experts and homeowners alike, we’ve come up with some guidelines that can help ensure you’re getting the just-right, Goldilocks-sized heat pump for your home.

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Pros and cons of solar energy

Interested in going solar? Here are the key pros and cons of solar energy

If you’re thinking about installing a solar panel system, it’s important to consider the benefits and drawbacks involved with going solar. Solar is a revolutionary energy solution for property owners of any type, but like any energy decision, choosing to go solar has various advantages and disadvantages you should keep in mind. In this article, we’ll outline some of the most important pros and cons of installing solar.

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LG heat pump review

LG heat pumps complete review

Air source heat pumps are much more efficient than most other heating & cooling options –  and they provide both in one system! If your current HVAC system is aging, you may be able to switch to air source heat pumps for higher efficiency, lower overall utility bills, and, depending on where you live, some extra savings through rebates and incentives. (Bonus: if you have solar, you can heat and cool your home using the sun!) 

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flexible solar panels

Flexible solar panels: which ones are best and are they right for you?

Solar panel technology is rapidly advancing every year, and new developments like flexible solar panels are constantly evolving. Compared to traditional solar panels, these panels typically have a lightweight design, often serve as battery chargers for your devices, and can be used independent of the electric grid. If you’re interested in installing flexible solar panels to easily produce solar energy on-the-go, read on to learn what they are, view our flexible solar panel buyer’s guide, and understand how they compare to standard solar systems.

This is an unbiased review: EnergySage is not paid to review brands or products, nor do we earn money from affiliate advertising in this article. The content of this blog is based on research and information available at the time of writing. Learn more about our mission and how we make money as a company.

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guaranteed production for solar

What is guaranteed production for solar?

Declining costs and increasing incentives make a solar investment extremely valuable – but the price tag certainly isn’t low. When shopping for solar, also known as a photovoltaic (PV) system, you want to ensure you’ll get your money’s worth. So, it’s important to understand the lifetime of the equipment and its expected energy production. Many solar installers will guarantee a certain amount of electricity production to provide peace of mind when installing a PV system. In this article, we break down solar power production guarantees, what happens when a system’s production doesn’t match the amount of power guaranteed, and why some solar companies don’t offer this for home solar panel systems

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Energy news: November 18th, 2022

Welcome to this week’s energy news roundup! Today, we’ll talk about the recently announced plans for Net Energy Metering (NEM) 3.0 and the implications it could have on residential solar in California (the leading solar state). We’ll also cover the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal aimed at achieving an 87 percent reduction in methane emissions from the oil and gas industry by 2030.

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ADT Solar review

ADT Solar: the complete review

The ADT logo can be found on homes across the United States, broadcasting that they’re protected by the home security system of a trusted and reliable company. Solar probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think about ADT, but in 2021, they entered the residential solar market with the acquisition of Sunpro Solar, creating ADT Solar. So what does going solar with ADT Solar look like? Let’s dive in.

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is solar worth it

Are solar panels worth it in 2022?

For most people, solar panels are worth the investment, but they may not be right for you in some rare circumstances. However, even renters may have solar options if their property owners or managers are open to it – and if not, they might be able to sign up for community solar projects near them. In this article, we’ll help you answer the question: “Is it worth it to buy solar panels?”

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