inflation reduction act

What you should know about the Inflation Reduction Act

Over the past year, clean energy legislation has been a rollercoaster: one minute, we thought we’d reached an agreement, and the next, it seemed like the 177th Congress would never pass a climate bill. Finally, after a year of uncertainty, on August 16, 2022, President Biden signed into law the most significant investment in climate action to date – the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). In this article, we’ll explain how this bill could help you save through electrification, whether you’re a homeowner, renter, business owner, or running a nonprofit organization. 

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how many solar panels for air source heat pumps

How many solar panels do I need for air source heat pumps?

Air source heat pumps are an incredible investment in your home’s energy efficiency, but the energy savings don’t have to stop there. Powering your heat pump system with solar panels can maximize energy bill savings while decreasing your carbon footprint. But how do you size a solar system to meet your heating and cooling needs? In this article, we break down what you need to know and discuss with your solar installer to ensure your solar system can power your heat pumps.

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solar tax credit

Everything you need to know about the federal solar tax credit

The investment tax credit (ITC), also known as the federal solar tax credit, allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. The 30 percent tax credit will be available until 2033, at which point it will drop to 26 percent. The ITC applies to both residential and commercial systems, and there is no cap on its value. The average EnergySage Marketplace shopper saves nearly $6,150 on the cost of going solar as a result of the ITC. Curious about how much you can save on solar? Read this article for more information based on your unique energy needs. 

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Benefits of community solar

Benefits of community solar

As solar becomes increasingly affordable and accessible, there’s never been a better time to go solar, and community solar is a great option for those who might find it difficult or impossible to install solar where they live. There are a few major benefits to note if you’re on the fence about signing up – we’ll take a look at each of them in this article.

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news roundup 8/12/22

Energy news: August 12th, 2022

After a year of uncertainty about climate legislation, the Senate finally passed the Inflation Reduction Act last week, which, if signed into law, will represent the United States’ largest investment in climate action to date. The House is slated to vote (and likely pass) this bill later today – so stay tuned! 

Because we covered some of the highlights of this bill in our last news roundup, this week we’ll discuss some other recently passed climate bills that you may not have heard about amidst the excitement of the Inflation Reduction Act. All in all, it’s been a really great month for clean energy from a policy perspective.

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Tesla Wall Connector

The Tesla Wall Connector home EV charger complete review

If you’ve bought an electric vehicle (EV) recently or are considering one, you’re not alone! And while there are many more options, Tesla still dominates EV sales with 75 percent of the market share. Having a charger at home allows you to more efficiently and quickly charge your Tesla while managing and monitoring your charging and energy usage. (Bonus: if you have solar, you can power your car with the sun!) 

The Tesla Wall Connector is the only Tesla-specific home EV charger for charging your Model 3, Model S, Model X, or Model Y (though you can use other home EV chargers with an adapter). In this article, we’ll cover the Tesla Wall Connector’s features – including price, charging speed, pros and cons, and more – so you can decide if you want a Tesla Wall Connector to charge your Tesla at home.

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sonnen battery warranty review

We read sonnen’s battery warranty so you don’t have to 

Let’s face it – warranties aren’t the easiest (or most gripping) documents to read. There are often a lot of details and fine print included that can be hard to digest, leaving many to wonder: what does the warranty actually cover? Am I vulnerable? Anything I might be missing?

To make it as easy as possible, we’ve read warranty documents for the top solar battery manufacturers, talked to them to confirm what is and isn’t included, and plan to point out the most important aspects of each in a series of articles. In this article, we’ll break down the warranty of one of the biggest names in energy storage: sonnen.

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fortress battery review

The Fortress Power battery complete review

Founded in 2016, Fortress Power is a Southampton based manufacturer of lithium ion solar batteries, offering both businesses and homeowners safe, reliable and sustainable energy storage solutions. Their storage solutions support multiple applications, are easy to install, and are competitively priced, with customer satisfaction as the company’s core value. Fortress Power offers four home battery products: the eVault 18.5, the eVault Max 18.5, the eFlex 5.4  and the LPF-5K-48V. In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about their various offerings. 

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mitsubishi heat pump review

Mitsubishi Electric heat pumps complete review

Air source heat pumps are much more efficient than most heating and 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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Duracell battery warranty review

We read Duracell’s Home Ecosystem battery warranty so you don’t have to 

Let’s face it – warranties aren’t the easiest (or most gripping) documents to read. There are often a lot of details and fine print included that can be hard to digest, leaving many to wonder: what does the warranty actually cover? Am I vulnerable? Anything I might be missing?

To make it as easy as possible, we’ve read warranty documents for the top solar battery manufacturers, talked to them to confirm what is and isn’t included, and plan to point out the most important aspects of each in a series of articles. In this article, we’ll review the warranty of one of the first names that likely comes to mind when you think of batteries: Duracell.

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