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How To: Clean Solar Panels
Solar panels have become increasingly popular for meeting home energy needs. By absorbing sunlight, they create a cur...
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Solved! Here’s How Many Solar Panels to Buy to Power a House
Q: I’m interested in installing a solar panel system for my home, but I don’t know much about solar panels. How effec...
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What Are The Advantages of Solar Energy? The 5 Best Reasons To Invest In Solar Power, Explained
Q: I’m thinking about investing in a solar panel system to use for my home. What are the advantages of solar energy?A...
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9 Creative Ways to Heat Your Pool This Summer
With a little ingenuity, you can warm a cold swimming pool without having to spend thousands of dollars on an expensive pool heater.
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What Is the Cost of Solar Panels?
Typical Range: $17,161 to $31,814 National Average: $24,187There are plenty of good reasons to install solar panel...
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The Best Solar Pool Covers of 2021
Solar pool covers absorb the sun’s heat and transfer it to the water, warming either aboveground or inground pools to...
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The Best Solar Post Cap Lights of 2021
Even a small deck or yard can make warm weather much more enjoyable because you can move meals outside, sit under the...
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The Best Portable Solar Panels for Portable Power
Heading out into the wilderness or hitting the open road helps you leave behind the daily stresses of work and life. ...
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The Best Solar String Lights of 2021
String lights illuminate your outdoor space while adding sparkle and whimsy, creating a pleasant atmosphere for enter...
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The Best Solar Chargers for Cell Phones and Small Electronics
Solar chargers have come a long way in recent years, becoming more portable, lightweight, and undeniably handy. Perfe...
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The Greenest Cities in America
The terms "environmentally friendly," "ecological," and "green" are thrown around a lot these days, but there is no denying that many Americans are earnestly sear...
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Can You Have Solar Power Outside the Sunbelt?
The desire for renewable energy has never been higher, which has made solar power more popular than ever. Yet, while ...
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Green and Gorgeous: Presenting the 2014 New American Home
The New American Home for 2014, nestled in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, is an “idea house” showcasing new tren...
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Pro Tips: Is Solar Right for You?
Heating and cooling accounts for more than half of the energy use in a typical U. S. home—about 54 percent of your ut...
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Coming Soon to a Rooftop Near You—Solar Shingles
Solar electric systems are appearing on more and more rooftops across America, but their pace of adoption has not bee...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solar Decathlon 2013
For anyone interested in the developing field of solar power, today’s a big day. Starting today, the U. S. Department...
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9 Solar Gadgets That Have Us Aglow
Backyards and sunshine go together like hot dogs and mustard. So do these cool new solar gadgets designed to provide light, sound and added convenience to outdoor...
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Solar Power Systems 101
Solar energy can be used to do all sorts of work around the house, from providing electricity for lights and applianc...
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Solar Thermal Collection and Delivery
Unlike photovoltaic systems, which convert the sun’s energy into electricity, active solar thermal systems transform ...
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Solar Power Incentives
Solar or photovoltaic systems are an increasingly popular way to offset rising utility bills — just place them in the...
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Let the Sun Shine In: DIY Solar Projects for the Average Homeowner
Interested in solar power but not sure where to start? Solar panels are becoming increasingly available to the averag...
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Bob Vila Radio: The Solar Decathlon
Today, September 14th, is the kickoff of the 2012 Solar Decathlon, and this year it’s being held in sunny Spain. List...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solar Hot Water
If you have a south-facing roof without solar panels on it, you’re probably paying too much for hot water. LISTENList...
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Quick Tip: Power Your Home with Solar Energy
Solar Energy: Demand GrowsWhen photovoltaics (PV) or the conversion of solar energy to electric power came on the sce...
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Quick Tip: Solar Hot Water Systems Save Money
Reduce Fuel, Save Money If you have a south-facing roof, you're probably paying too much for hot water. Over a millio...
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Installing Galvalume Metal Roof and Solar Panels
Work is being done on the roof—laying Deck-Armor and installing metal roofing and photovoltaic panels. Bob talks with Jeff Wolf from GroSolar about the photovolta...
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Installing the New Garage Doors
Bob talks with Robert Rainey of PJ Overhead Door as the new and improved garage door panels and tracks are installed on the Norwell home.
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Tour an Affordable Green Apartment Building
Bob visits the South Bronx, NY, where Habitat for Humanity has partnered with private developer Les Bluestone to create a green oasis for low-income families that...
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Tour a Salvaged Home with the Latest Green Technologies
Architect Mary Kennedy and Bob tour her Georgian Colonial family home in Westchester County, NY. After a flood ruined the house, the challenge was to salvage and ...
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Tour an Earth-Bermed House in Upstate New York
Bob visits with architect Alan Shope who has built a unique earth-bermed house at his farm in Upstate New York.
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Photovoltaic Roofing Shingles Installed
Bob talks with Deane Evans (from the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing) and Ren Anderson (from the National Renewable Engergy Laboratory) about phot...
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Manufacturing Photovoltaic Devices at the Global Solar Factory
Bob visits the Global Solar factory in Tucson, AZ to see how they company manufactures its unique solar-electric (photovoltaic) devices.
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