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How is Solar Stored at Home?

  Solar energy is the least expensive form of electricity in human history. It’s clean and efficient. And contrary to what you may have heard, it’s incredibly reliable - as long as the sun exists, solar will continue to be an excellent way of creating electricity.  So why isn’t solar everywhere? It’s hard to store. That’s the main problem with solar energy. The batteries that are currently available can certainly store some electricity - a lot, even - but they can’t store it for very long. That means you can’t rely on solar batteries to carry you through the winter in northern climates. Fortunately, there are other ways of taking advantage of solar power. We’re going to discuss storing solar...

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Considerations When Choosing the Right Solar Panel

  Though the initial investment may appear pricey, installing solar panels can save you a lot of money in the long run. Since sunlight is free, solar energy is largely considered to be the cheapest source of energy in the world. So long as you live in a region that gets enough sunlight, solar panels will be able to sufficiently produce enough energy to meet your electricity needs.However, the efficiency of such an investment will depend on the quality of the solar panels you purchase. To help you get started, we’ve provided a list of criteria you need to consider when buying a solar panel. Conversion Efficiency In any solar panel, energy efficiency hinges on a component called the inverter,...

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsman or Environmentalist in Your Life

While everyone loves the outdoors, most holiday shoppers have at least one special person on their list who seems to love the natural world a bit more than everyone else. Whether it’s a love of camping, hiking, hunting, photography, bird watching, or any other outdoor activity, environmentally inspired gifts can be a great, thoughtful gesture for men, women, and children alike.  The Top 10 Gifts for Outdoor Men and Women  At Solar Us Shop, we are always on the lookout for the next eco-gadget or environmentally-friendly gift that can help bring joy to people’s lives as a useful product that keeps the health of the planet in mind. For this holiday season and for many to come, we’ve developed this...

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5 Ways to Make Your Home More Sustainable

  As homes undergo wear and tear over the years, you want to make sure the improvements you make will last you longer than the original products. You’ll also want to make sure that you're making a positive impact on the home, your community, and the overall environment. There are some sustainable changes, big and small, you can make to your home that will last a lifetime, avoid some environmental risks, and have a positive impact on your community. . Solar Energy Solar energy is one of the most popular sustainable swaps in the last few years. A large appeal of this type of energy usage is that it allows you to continue your same level of consumption while avoiding...

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How do Solar Batteries Work? A Simple Guide to Renewable Energy Storage

  If you have any interest in renewable power, then you may know how critical storage is to the continued development of sustainable, green infrastructure. While solar batteries are just a small piece of the puzzle for a nationwide renewable energy revolution, they are also quickly becoming more widespread in many shapes and sizes across the globe. As both wind and solar produce energy intermittently, battery storage enables the power generated by the panels or turbines to be stored for later use, when the sun isn’t shining or the breeze is not blowing fast enough to meet local electricity demand. In this sense, batteries can pave the way for a renewable-powered future.  In this article, we’ll take a look at...

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Environmental Risks that can be Reduced by Renewable Energy

  Since the dawn of time, man has been one with the environment, using its resources to create the best possible life on earth. However, after a few millennia of development, the human race has most recently had the greatest negative effect on the natural environment since the last ice age.  So who is to blame? Although there are plenty of deforestation, unsustainable agriculture, and industrial manufacturing processes that are contributing to the greenhouse effect of rising global temperatures, burning fossil fuels like oil and gas are the absolute main cause of the majority of human impact.  In today’s world, nearly everyone in the United States will admit that renewable energies are considered “green,” whether or not they have a...

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How Much Do Solar Panels Weigh?

  Using solar panels is becoming increasingly common for most people around the world, especially in the U.S.  Our roofs aren’t only useful for protecting us from atmospheric changes like rain, snow, or heat. In fact, we can use them to install solar panels that help us generate the necessary power for our buildings and constructions.  With that being said, the first thing asked when installing solar panels is can my roof handle solar panels?  Luckily, in this article, we are going to answer all the questions that come to your mind if you are interested in installing a solar system on your roof.  How much do solar panels weigh? Most solar panels weigh around 20 to 50 pounds depending...

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How To Remove Snow From Solar Panels on a Roof

  Winter is coming, and that means snow will soon be on the ground. If you live in an area where there is a lot of snow, this can be quite a big problem, as solar panels and snow don’t get along too well. But how do you remove snow from solar panels on a roof? If you don't know how to get rid of the snow, your solar panels may not work properly or at all. Don't worry! We are here to help you. In this article, we will provide you with five tips that will help you to clear away the pesky white stuff from your solar panels, so you can power up your home with clean energy...

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The Homeowners Guide To Eco-Friendly Landscaping

Landscaping your home comes with many perks. Not only does it boost curb appeal, but it is financially beneficial for the overall value of your property. However, some landscaping practices are not as sustainable as they may appear—causing a negative impact on the environment and potentially your property.   Whether your home is on a small urban property, rural farm, or somewhere in between, making intentional decisions about your landscaping options is only the first step to planning your eco-friendly design. Before you start any landscaping projects, it’s important to be familiar with some basic principles. Check out our pointers below and incorporate them into your next eco-friendly landscaping endeavor!   Eco-Friendly Landscaping VS. Traditional Methods Traditional landscape plans emphasize...

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The Most Exciting New Solar Power Technologies in 2021

  Solar power has always had exciting prospects. When it was first developed in 1954, the idea of gaining electricity from the sun was quite revolutionary. Three or four years later, solar panels were being used to power some of the world's first satellites. It's now becoming commonplace to see solar panels on rooftops. But as 2021 marches on, there are still many more exciting solar technologies to look forward to.   Adaptable Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Not everyone likes the way solar panels affect the appeal of their home. Unfortunately, properties with traditional features can often appear mismatched with this innovative technology. However, BIPV is providing the means of seamlessly integrating solar energy with any home. Solar power roof shingles...

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The Importance of Renewable Energy for the Future

Sustainable energy has enjoyed a considerable amount of publicity in recent times. Of course, this is due in large part to the undeniable effects of climate change. Although valiant efforts have already been made to reduce the emissions of fossil fuels, experts agree that further steps need to be taken.This largely involves the presence of renewable sources of energy. Not only are these methods sustainable from a long-term perspective, but their effects on the environment are not nearly as dire when compared to traditional sources. So, it is crucial to look towards the future. What advancements can we expect to witness? Are some renewables more viable than others? Why is solar power one of the most effective solutions currently available?...

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Renewable Energy Tax Credits in 2021 and Beyond

  In 2021, renewable energy tax credits are available in the United States to help taxpayers reduce the total cost of a clean power system. Applied against a person or business’s federal and state tax liability, credits for renewable energy systems are available both at the national and local levels to reward sustainability-conscious consumers. Solar Us Shop is a digital retailer focused on providing our customers with the best possible renewable energy products, news, and information. In this quick guide, we will outline all of the most important renewable energy tax credits to know about this year when considering an investment in green power.     The Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) The federal investment tax credit (ITC) is a purchasing...

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Can Solar Panels Charge EV’s?

  The global commitment to reduce carbon emissions has increased the sale of electric cars and the adoption of renewable energy. With the US government planning to achieve 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035, the transport industry must reduce its share of carbon emissions as it contributes a third of America’s carbon emissions. Many people are also embracing solar energy for charging electric vehicles since charging stations for electric vehicles are not as widespread as public gas stations. Using electricity can be costly since electric cars use a considerable amount of energy. In addition, since electricity comes mostly from fossil fuels, it increases your carbon footprint. That is why using solar panels to charge your vehicle is an eco-friendly solution that...

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Solar Products in 2021: Innovations to Look Out for This Year

With the summer solstice quite literally on the horizon, we have officially made it halfway through 2021. In June and July, total average sun hours are at their highest throughout the year, so what better time to talk about the most interesting innovations in solar power technology.  For years, the Solar Us Shop has been providing our customers with high-quality solar energy products and we are constantly on the lookout for the next big thing. In 2021, solar power production and storage technology has never been more advanced, with tons of people, groups, and companies researching, developing, and funding the renewable energy revolution.  From small devices to massive panel arrays, in this article, we take a full look at some...

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Solar Energy Potential in the US by Region, Season, and More

Did you know that solar energy is the cheapest and most abundant source of electricity in the world? We sure do.  Financially, this achievement was officially proclaimed last year as advancements in solar energy production large and small have made today’s solar panels more efficient and affordable than ever. Plus, sunlight is free, so every watt-hour produced by a solar panel is essentially cost and emission-free. In terms of availability, solar energy is generated anywhere the sun shines!  Here in the United States, the sun tends to shine a little bit differently everywhere you go. While most people learn this the hard way on their Florida vacation, scientists have used this information to devise precise information about the solar energy...

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