Author Archives: Emily Walker

About Emily Walker

Emily is a Senior Writer at EnergySage, where she's an expert in making energy fun and easy to learn about! She has a background in environmental consulting and has degrees in Environmental Science and Biology from Colby College. Outside of work, Emily is pursuing a Master of Science from Johns Hopkins University in Environmental Science and Policy. She also loves hiking, tending to her collection of houseplants, and trying out new restaurants and breweries whenever possible.

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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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What is solar energy?

Simply put, solar energy is energy from the sun. It’s the most abundant energy resource on Earth and can be converted from radiant energy from the sun to electrical or thermal energy. We use solar energy for many purposes, such as powering and heating homes, businesses, utilities, and more. Solar power is a renewable resource and, as such, is a critical part of our clean energy future. In this article, we’ll explain what you need to know about solar energy, including how it works and its applications.

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Free solar panels: are they really free?

If you’ve been shopping around for a solar panel system, you’ve probably heard at least one company advertise ‘free solar panels,’ implying that they’ll install a solar energy system on your roof for free. But, much as with anything, remember that there’s no such thing as a free lunch – and there’s no such thing as free solar panels.

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Q&A with Sunwealth

Q&A with Sunwealth

It’s no surprise that we at EnergySage love solar – it helps you save on electric bills, while making our planet a cleaner and healthier place! But unfortunately, not everyone is able to take advantage of solar energy generated right at their home. Whether you’re a renter, are part of an HOA that doesn’t allow solar, or simply don’t have the best roof or sufficient funds for a home solar installation, there’s another solution for you: community solar. As a community solar subscriber, you’ll save annually on electricity, while supporting the development of clean energy in your area. 

Sunwealth is a company that develops community solar projects in low-to-moderate income (LMI) communities in Massachusetts, helping bring solar to those who otherwise might not be able to reap its benefits. We sat down with the Sunwealth team to learn more about their company, LMI community solar, and community solar in Massachusetts. 

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Why you can trust installers on EnergySage

As solar continues to become more affordable (and more accessible), an increasing number of homeowners are choosing to add solar panels to their roofs. Nowadays, going solar is not unlike many other home improvement projects like replacing your roof, renovating your kitchen, or building a deck. So, what’s the best way to find a company you can trust to install your solar panels? Use a solar installer who’s been pre-vetted by EnergySage!

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HomeGrid warranty review

We read HomeGrid’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 discuss the warranty from HomeGrid, a newer battery company that provides a lot of power and flexibility. 

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Rising energy prices: what to expect

As we prepare for winter 2022-2023, you’re probably anticipating a jump in your heating bill due to dropping temperatures. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), it’s actually slated to be a warmer and dryer winter than usual, with above-average temperatures predicted across most of the U.S. due to LA Niña climate conditions – but you should still be prepared for higher than normal heating and electricity bills due to the rising cost of natural gas (and other fossil fuels) across the world. In this article, we’ll explain why energy prices are increasing, where the increases are most dramatic, and how you can protect yourself from the volatility of fossil fuel energy sources (spoiler alert: going solar will help!).

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HomeGrid battery review

The HomeGrid battery complete review

Founded in 2019, HomeGrid has made a big splash in the battery industry. They offer some of the most flexible battery systems in the industry, which are about as simple to stack as a set of LEGOs. They’re easy to install and easy to maintain, and, unlike many other batteries available today, you can take them with you if you move (without voiding the warranty). In 2021, HomeGrid was acquired by Lithion Battery, which has helped them to grow and solidify their place in the battery storage market. In this article, we’ll give you the complete rundown of what you need to know about HomeGrid’s battery solutions: the Compact and Stack’d batteries. 

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REC Solar panels: the complete review

REC Group is Europe’s largest solar panel manufacturer, with offices in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Australia. The company was founded in Norway in 1996 and manufactures its solar panels in Singapore. REC is known for pioneering half-cut cell technology in 2014, which improved the performance of solar panels by cutting solar cells in half. 

In 2022, REC launched their newest series of solar panels: the Alpha Pure-R. They now offer four series of high power solar modules for residential applications, including Alpha Pure-R, Alpha Pure, N-Peak 2, and Twinpeak 4. REC solar panels are growing increasingly popular – they’re now some of the most quoted and most selected panels on the EnergySage Marketplace.

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Q&A with Generac

Q&A with Generac

Founded in 1959, Generac has long been a leader in backup power solutions. They were the first company to create standby generators in 1977 and continue to lead in the generator space while now also offering clean energy products. In Fall 2021, Generac launched some new products, including microinverters (PWRmicros), a new backup generator (PWRgenerator), and an energy management system (PWRmanager). We sat down with Generac to learn more about their suite of products and their advice for homeowners interested in clean energy. 

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