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Shining More Light on Energy Efficiency and Green Building

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This article was contributed by Samantha Alexander, contributor to the blog. The blog serves as a resource center for insurance consumers and homebuyers across the country. Going solar produces obvious benefits for the environment and for your pocketbook – you already know you can save money while eliminating or at least reducing your… read more

An evolution of off grid

My husband and I have been living off the grid since the early 1970s, homesteading in a rural community settled during the ‘Back-to-the-Land’ movement in northern California – when undeveloped land was affordable if you were willing to work hard and live simply. We started out with candles and kerosene lamps. Later graduated to lighting… read more

Relief for a growing family

When we built our home in St. Helena in 1997, our electrical bills were relatively small. There were just two of us, at work all day. Over the years as our family grew, so did our utility bills. In 2006, we decided to add onto the house, adding not only additional square footage, but many… read more

What Does Going Solar with Real Goods Solar Look Like?

Want to know more about going solar with Real Goods? Energy Hunter’s George “Woody” Wood did, so he stopped by a Winchester, Massachusetts home on the day of its solar system installation to ask the homeowner and the Real Goods Solar installers all about it (as well as share some info about the system at… read more

Dealing With Snow on Your Roof-Mounted Solar Panels

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During the winter months in parts of California, Colorado and the Northeast, snow buildup on your roof and your home solar panels is common. While snow will temporarily inhibit your home’s solar energy production, we do not recommend climbing ladders or getting on the roof to manually remove the snow from your panels. Getting up… read more

Community Solar in Charlotte, VT

Over the past year, solar photovoltaic projects in Charlotte have mostly prompted public outcry and instigated large legal bills. But there is one quiet project that is so positive from every angle that the people who put it up are showing the world that solar done right is good. The Ten Stones Solar Collective is… read more

How Will Solar Panel Shading Affect Your Home Solar Plans?

I’m about to tell you something that you probably didn’t think you would ever hear from a solar contractor…your home or business may not be a good fit for solar. That’s right, I said it! Yes, solar electric systems can reduce or eliminate your electric bill, but not every location works for solar. While there… read more