Since solar panel prices have dropped by 50% in the last five years, there is the question of whether you should go solar now or wait for the prices to drop even more. That depends on a number of things such as the size of your house, your average monthly PG&E bill, and how much sun your house receives. Luckily there is an online tool called Project Sunroof that you can use to see how
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Most people who choose not to get solar panels do so because of the high down payment cost. This down payment will pay off over time, but coming up with the large sum of money can be difficult. Fortunately, there are options for those of us who don’t have that chunk of money to spare. You have a couple of options to choose from to help you afford solar panels in California.
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As we all know, Central Valley summers can be unbearably hot, and running the air conditioning is expensive. If running the AC isn’t in your budget this year, here a few ways to stay cool this summer.
Plan Time Inside
Even if you don’t have AC, there are public places you can go to stay cool. The City of Fresno activates cooling centers when temperature are 105 degrees or above. Call the city’s One-Call Center at
The summer months in the central valley can be brutal. While it may be tempting to lower the temperature on your thermostat, there are more efficient ways to make it cooler in your house and save electricity. Here are a few ways to save energy and money over the hot summer months.
Use Your Windows
Once it cools down to below 80 degrees outside, you can open your windows to let the cooler air into your
Since California is in a severe drought, it is important to conserve water, especially in the spring and summer. Fresno has it’s regulations with only two lawn waterings per week. Even with these regulations, more water can be saved through simple steps. Here are a few of them:
Use the Dishwasher
While it may seem like you’re saving water by hand washing those dishes, it is actually using an average of 27 gallons of water as
There are a number of things that get checked when your building is audited for energy usage. While an audit may sound bad, it is actually very helpful in finding ways to make your building energy efficient and in the end saving you money. Here are the things that Highlands Energy will check for you:
Eighty percent of all inspections done by Highlands Energy find outdated windows. Outdated windows can cost you a lot
The U.S. solar industry is growing rapidly. It has some of the best solar energy resource potential in the world. If each of the more than 72,000 schools in the U.S were to install an average size solar panels system, then the amount of energy would be equal to more than one-third of all the solar capacity currently installed in the United States. The flat roofs of schools are a great place to install solar
Do you ever wonder where the power comes from when you flip on a switch? The answer may surprise you.
In 2015, renewable energy in the U.S. accounted for 11.1 percent of total energy generation. The Central Valley is well beyond the U.S. average. Today, nearly 30 percent of the energy that comes into your home is from a clean and renewable energy resource. Renewable energy resources are power from the sun, the wind, water, and
About the Energy Savings Assistance Program
The Energy Savings Assistance Program is funded by the California Public Utilities Commission. It provides no-cost weatherization, home repair, and appliance upgrade services to qualified home owners and renters who have an account with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), So Cal Gas (SCG), or San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE). Qualified customers can receive: Attic Insulation, Refrigerator Replacement, Microwave, Room A/C, Furnace Repair/Replacement, Water Heater Repair/Replacement
Making the choice to get solar panels in Fresno is a financial investment, but it can save you money. Is investing in solar panels the right choice for you?
Fresno Solar Panels
Fresno is a sunny place. It gets a lot a sun in the summer and very good amounts in spring and fall. Winter can be a bit cloudy, but the sun manages to make its way through pretty often. The average number of sunny days