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Articles About Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is one of the most important things to consider before going solar. We like to say “a kilowatt-hour saved is a kilowatt-hour earned.” If you can cut your usage down before you switch to solar, you won’t need as many panels, which can help you save money up front.

Check out the articles below to see what we’ve written about energy efficiency.

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Save Big with Heat Pump Hot Water Heating and Home Battery Storage

Creating hot water is the second largest component of home energy consumption, accounting for 12% of a typical home’s energy use. In the United States, over 85% of residences use natural gas or standard electric water heaters, though they are not very efficient. By pairing a new type of water heater with home solar power, […]

Last modified: April 10, 2020

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What are home solar inverters?

If your entire home solar system was like a human body, the inverter would be the brain. Inverters are the central component which binds the system together, and they are becoming more intelligent as the years tick by. The duties of home solar inverters are constantly evolving as the grid and solar projects get smarter. […]

Last modified: February 28, 2020

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Why You Should Get a Home Energy Audit Before You Go Solar

In short: Home energy audits save you money, and reduce your impact on the planet by identifying the root causes of high energy consumption in your home, so you know what to do to reduce your demand. Energy audits are especially useful before a solar installation; by replacing, upgrading, or simply tweaking energy-draining features in […]

Last modified: November 8, 2019

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Dirt-Cheap Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Solar Costs through Energy Efficiency.

NOT Energy Efficient (Photo: Flickr/egodfrey13) Solar Fred loves solar and women and beer but he’s also not one to waste beer a nickel on his utility bill, even for important things like keeping his beer vegetables chilled in the fridge. So I’m naturally prone to being very cheap energy efficient, and if you’re thinking about […]

Last modified: July 17, 2019

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Cheap Solar: 53 Ways to Save Energy

I just found this great list of 53 ways 66 to save energy from PSEG Long Island, a utility that has solar programs. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, you can reduce your cost of going solar by first being more energy efficient in your home. These tips will financially benefit you (and the […]

Last modified: September 3, 2019

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Energy Info: Home Green Home

Though I now live in Los Angeles, I grew up in New York, so I’m partial to the New York Times, which has two great blogs devoted to energy issues. Green Inc is more business oriented, but Home Green Home is the Green Inc editor, Tom Zeller Jr.’s personal experience with buying an old home […]

Last modified: March 4, 2020

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Cheap Solar: Buy Half a System

Dear Solar Fred, I admit that my family and I are energy hogs and spend $350 a month on our electric bill. I know if we size it right that we’ll see a payback in around 12 years, but right now, we don’t have enough home equity for the up front costs. Is there any […]

Last modified: March 4, 2020

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Cheap Solar: Energy Efficiency

Dear Solar Fred, We’re thinking about buying solar, but even if we go for $0 down financing, the monthly payment is going to be too much. Suggestions to get our monthly costs down? Sincerely, Solar Tom and Tammy Hey, guys: By far, the best way to reduce your solar cost is to reduce the amount […]

Last modified: March 4, 2020

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