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Solved! Are Solar Panels Worth It in Texas? 8 Factors to Consider
Q: I’m interested in installing solar panels on my Texas home, but I would like to know if they’re worth the investme...
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How Much Does a Tesla Solar Roof Cost?
Highlights The typical range to install a Tesla Solar Roof is from $60,000 to $150,000, while the national average c...
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The Best Solar Companies in Illinois of 2023
Switching to solar has a medley of benefits for homeowners and the environment—even in states such as Illinois that h...
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Solved! Are Solar Panels Really Worth The Cost?
Q: I heard that installing solar panels on a house can help save on energy costs. My house receives direct sunlight f...
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Sunrun vs. SunPower: Which Solar Company Should You Choose in 2023?
Homeowners looking to install solar panels in their homes may feel overwhelmed by choosing an installation company. H...
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The Best Solar Companies in Washington State of 2023
With the escalating cost of energy and growing concerns about climate change, an increasing number of homeowners are ...
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Why Now Is the Time to Invest in Rooftop Solar—and Where to Start
This is the third installment of Bob Vila’s Most Valuable Projects of 2023, a month-long series featuring high-ROI ho...
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The Best Solar Companies in Hawaii of 2023
For years, Hawaii residents have been reliant on imported energy, which results in higher costs for residents. But wi...
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The Best Solar Companies in Utah of 2023
With the ever-rising cost of energy and concern about climate change, more and more homeowners are considering renewa...
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Take Charge: The Bluetti EP900 Home Power System Protects You From Outages and Rising Energy Costs
Summertime is fun time, but it also comes with bouts of extreme heat in many areas. That often leads to increased dem...
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How Much Do Solar Shingles Cost?
Highlights The typical cost range to install solar shingles on a roof is from $35,000 to $75,000, with a national av...
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The Best Solar Companies in Virginia of 2023
Solar panels can provide homeowners with clean, renewable energy to power their homes, but given the high cost of the...
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The Best Solar Companies in Connecticut of 2023
Solar power offers numerous benefits, including reduced energy bills, fewer carbon emissions, and even a potential in...
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The Best Solar Companies in Massachusetts of 2023
Massachusetts doesn’t come to mind as the sunniest state—but it’s ranked 10th in the country for adopting solar power...
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The Best Solar Companies in New Jersey of 2023
With 130 miles of coastline and over 200 days of sunshine per year, it’s no surprise that New Jersey ranks eighth in ...
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The Best Solar Companies in Colorado of 2023
Those in Colorado who want access to clean renewable energy or who want to ditch the grid altogether are in luck. Col...
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The Best Solar Companies in California of 2023
Thanks to favorable geography and climate, California homeowners can harvest clean electricity from sunshine while re...
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2022 Tax Credits and Deductions Homeowners Should Take Advantage of ASAP
When updating or improving a home, saving energy and money are always top of mind—but when there's a hefty tax credit...
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The Best Solar Companies in Arizona of 2023
If there is one thing that Arizona has to offer, it’s sunshine. The clear, dry air and southern latitude set up plent...
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The Best Solar Companies in Georgia of 2023
Georgia is one of the sunniest states in America and a great place to collect solar electricity. As components become...
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The Best Solar Companies in Texas of 2023
Texas is the fourth sunniest state in America and fertile ground for solar electricity generation. As prices drop and...
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The Best Solar Companies in Florida of 2023
Florida is one of the sunniest states in the U. S. , so upgrading to solar home energy sounds like a natural choice. ...
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The Best Solar Charge Controllers of 2023
When installing off-grid solar power, a solar charge controller (or solar regulator) will function as the brain of yo...
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The Top 10 Energy-Efficient States in 2022
Increasing energy efficiency statewide can reduce emissions, including greenhouse gas and other pollutants. Energy ef...
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The Best Solar Panel Loans of 2023
Many homeowners are intrigued by the idea of installing solar panels on their property. Not only can solar panels hel...
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The Best Solar Panels of 2023
As utility costs continue to skyrocket, it’s helpful to find ways to save money on electric bills. One way is using s...
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The Best Solar Panel Cleaning Services of 2023
Investing in a solar system for the home is a great way to save on costly electric bills, though the initial cost of ...
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The Best Solar Companies of 2023
Although solar panels are still on the pricey side, they're beginning to come down in cost, and their quality is incr...
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The Best Home Wind Turbines of 2023
 Home wind turbines provide a way to independently generate power. They typically contain three blades and use the wi...
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Looking for a Career Change? These 8 Home Improvement Trades Are Desperate for New Blood
Opportunities AboundIt’s a great time to find a job. Economic recovery and a demand for housing have created a hot re...
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12 Solar-Powered Products to Get Your Year Off to a Sustainable Start
As more people look to reduce their energy consumption and rely on more sustainable methods of getting the power they...
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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? 5 Reasons to Invest in Solar Power Now
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?
Highlights The typical price range for solar panels is from $18,100 to $35,064, with a national average cost of $26,...
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The Best Solar Pool Covers Tested in 2023
Solar pool covers absorb the sun’s heat and transfer it to the water, warming either above-ground or inground pools t...
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The Best Solar Post Cap Lights of 2023
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 of 2023
A personal solar panel lets you enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors without worrying about your camping gear or y...
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The Best Solar String Lights Tested in 2023
Solar string lights illuminate your outdoor space while adding sparkle and whimsy, creating a pleasant atmosphere for...
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The Best Solar Chargers of 2023
Solar chargers are becoming more portable, lightweight, and undeniably handy. Perfect for camping, they’re also usefu...
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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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