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Understanding Solar Roofs vs Solar Panels

Is there a difference between Solar Roofs and Solar Panels on your Roof? Absolutely!

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Home Air Conditioning Troubleshooting: When is it Time to Call a Professional?

In the peak of summer, you might recognize how frequently you’ve taken your home air conditioning unit for granted in the past. And on especially blistering days, you might even think of your AC as a prized possession—-one that you definitely don’t want breaking down.  However, even with regular maintenance, you might still encounter some…

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Simply put, the difference between a solar roof and solar panels is the relationship of whole (roof) to part (panel). Solar roofs are constructed with integrated materials that convert sunlight into electrical power, rather than placing panels on top. The integrated solar energy cells may be part of a building’s initial construction, or function as a later, post-construction upgrade. 

Understanding Solar Roofs vs Solar Panels

Is there a difference between Solar Roofs and Solar Panels on your Roof? Absolutely!

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Happy couple enjoying a residential air conditioning unit.

What is the Cost to Add Air Conditioning to A Home?

When homeowners consider installing a new home air conditioning unit, or replacing or upgrading an existing one, the cost of the individual unit and the installation charges are where most people focus their attention.  This article takes a look at some additional factors in determining the cost of adding air conditioning to your home, and…

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View of San Diego horizon foregrounded by hundreds of roofs with solar panel installations.

How Much Does it Cost to Install Solar Panels in San Diego?

There are a number of factors that go into a quote for the cost to install solar panels in San Diego: labor, component cost, difficulty of installation and many more. Learn more.

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Calculator held up in front of a house with solar panels on the roof.

What California Solar Incentives Are Available to Homeowners?

Learn more about California solar incentives and how a solar expert can help you determine your eligibility for the economic benefits of going solar.

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The outdoor unit of an air source heat pump

Air Source Heat Pumps vs Natural Gas Furnaces

When it comes to heating your home, heat pumps and gas furnaces are both popular options. Each system works differently, and each comes with its own set of pros and cons. While traditional furnaces burn fossil fuels to produce heat, heat pumps use electricity to collect and transfer heat from the air or the ground. …

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Image of a man in a hard hat using a drill to nstall solar panels on a metal roof.

Installing Solar Panels on a Metal Roof

While both protect your home from moisture, moving from common materials like asphalt or slate can add extra challenges when installing solar panels on a metal roof. Here is what to keep in mind when considering the upgrade.

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Can Solar Panels Be Installed Flat?

Whether your home has a flat or sloped roof, understanding different avenues for renewable energy can get confusing. This article answers the question, “Can solar panels be installed flat?”

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Technician checking pressure of refrigerant of heat pump to make sure it is operating at more than 100% efficiency.

How Are Heat Pumps More Than 100% Efficient?

Learn how heat pumps are more than 100 percent efficient due to energy transfer instead of conversion.

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Many factors influence how long a solar panel installation takes for residential systems.

How Long Does a Solar Panel Installation Take? You May Be Surprised

How long does a solar panel installation take? Learn more about the timeline and why you should partner with a solar expert to navigate the process.

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The distributed power generation market makes it easy to switch from fossil fuel-powered grids to renewable energy sources.

What the Distributed Power Generation Market Means for Home Solar

The continued growth of the distributed power generation market in the U.S.—with California leading the solar market—is the result of several contributing factors. In addition to ongoing environmental concerns, the high cost of grid expansion, local and federal incentives, and tax benefits for home renewable energy systems all help to boost the market’s upward trend. …

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