Solar Power Blog

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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Solar Flag Lights for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and All Summer Long

In many people’s minds, Memorial Day is the unofficial start to the summer, and this year is sure to be like no other. The summer of 2021 is guaranteed to be filled with parties, gatherings, and celebrations of all kinds in the wake of a global pandemic that changed the way our world works. This Memorial Day, we hope you are able to take a moment to honor the fallen members of the US military during the federally reserved holiday. Of course, one of the best ways to showcase your patriotism is with a properly displayed flag.  Is it illegal to fly a flag at night without a light? Although you are likely to be let off with a warning,...

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The Best Solar Gadgets for Emergency Preparedness

With spring storms in the air and wildfire season approaching, people across the country may be expecting power outages in the near future. But as the old saying goes, “every person who prepares is one less person who panics in a crisis.”  In 2021, the blackouts in Texas this past February have made emergency preparedness even more prevalent in the public’s eye, as both citizens and politicians are devising ways to access reliable power during temporary and prolonged grid outages.  Solar Us Shop is a sustainable online retailer dedicated to providing our customers with the best products and information to easily adopt renewable energy. Below, we will explore why and how you should prepare for an emergency power outage with solar-powered...

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An Update on the Ariel Solar Pool Skimmer

  We wanted to create a page to host any Ariel updates as they become available. If you have purchased an Ariel or are thinking about purchasing an Ariel, we recommend adding this page to your favorites and checking back if you have any questions or concerns.   Latest Update: 6/7/21 Ariel Update from Solar Breeze   Solar Us Shop Update: 5/15/2021 Let us start off by saying Thank You for your interest in the Ariel Solar Powered Pool Skimmer Robot! Ariel is a brand new product and also an upgrade to Pivot-Solar Breeze's popular swimming pool skimmer, the NX2. We are very excited about this innovative product, and we can't wait for you all to get your hands on one!...

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The History of Renewable Energy Microgeneration (And How it Works)

In the last decade, the rise of microgeneration has helped millions of people around the world access affordable and reliable electricity. While many people may be unaware of their participation, it is safe to say that we are currently in a renewable energy microgeneration revolution.  At Solar Us Shop, the vast majority of our products utilize some form of renewable energy microgeneration. To help bring our customers up to speed with the history and terminology associated with small-scale renewable energy, we’ve developed this complete guide to microgeneration.   Microgeneration Fast FAQs To kick things off right, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about microgeneration in the 21st century.  What is microgeneration? Microgeneration is defined as...

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The History of Earth Day - And Why You Should Care

Happy Earth Day!  It’s time to wear green, enjoy the outdoors, and talk about the environment. In an era where every day seems to have its own unique holiday (is there anyone else celebrating National German Beer Day tomorrow?), many people do not know enough about the history, legacy, and importance of Earth Day celebrations.  At Solar Us Shop, we have always been strong environmental allies and proudly supply solar and other renewable energy products to help support the modern green revolution. In this article, we outline all of the important things that you should know about Earth Day to help you celebrate and fight for our very worthy planet.   Earth Day Origins After decades of pollution and environmental degradation,...

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Solar Breeze Ariel | Solar Powered Pool Skimmer Full Review

On a nice sunny day, there is nothing better than enjoying an afternoon relaxing at the pool. A clean pool, that is.  When it comes to taking care of your pool’s conditions, natural debris and routine cleanings can be both time-consuming and expensive, which is why people are constantly looking for new ways to decrease the time, energy, and maintenance costs and considerations.  Today, Solar Breeze has released the Ariel, an automatic pool cleaning robot that is designed to keep your water clear of debris using nothing but the power of the sun. With a free source of energy and automatic cleaning, what’s not to like?  What do we think of the Solar Breeze Ariel? We previously mentioned the Solar Breeze...

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Zero Breeze Mark 2 Review: Complete Product Guide

In the heat of the summer, the Zero Breeze Mark 2 makes it possible to cool down anywhere life takes you with completely portable air conditioning. As one of the newest and most exciting products in our shop, we have decided to break down the features and benefits of this handy device in a complete Zero Breeze Mark 2 review.  Solar-us-shop is an environmentally minded retailer of small, energy-related consumer products. Below, we will outline the specifics, pros, and cons of the Zero Breeze Mark 2 to help our readers determine whether or not the product is right for them.   Our Quick Assessment To save you some time and energy, we will get straight to the point: this product is great for those...

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Our Favorite Color is Green!

Solar Us would like to wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day, and remind you of our goal at promoting sustainability and green energy! This year we added to our pledge of being great stewards of the planet by joining the Green Business Bureau. You can learn more about our pledge here. Becoming "green certified" means much more than providing affordable renewable energy applications for our customers. We are also committed to making our operations as clean and green as possible. This year, we hope to build on this pledge and continue offering great and new products such as complete solar power system kits, outdoor solar landscape lighting, wind turbine generator kits, home battery storage applications, and more! Please be...

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Top 10 Energy Conservation Quotes

Have you ever heard the saying “a dollar saved is a dollar earned”? Well, the same principle applies to the energy that you use throughout your day and lifetime. Every bit of energy (electricity or heat) that you do not use, allows for that same amount to be conserved for another person on the planet.  If you grew up being scolded for leaving the lights on around the house, chances are that you practice a few energy conservation techniques in your day-to-day life. While conserving energy helps reduce your power bill, it will also help lower your carbon footprint when using fossil fuel resources.  With the impending consequences of global warming, energy conservation has become more important than ever on an individual, community, and global level. ...

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Top Ten Quotes about Wind Energy and Windmills

Wind energy is rapidly growing across the world, but many people have been championing its technology for decades. In the 21st century, advances in windmills and electricity infrastructure make wind energy at the forefront of the green revolution, and that’s certainly something to talk about! Solar Us Shop is dedicated to educating the world about the possibilities of sustainable energy. However, we’ve decided to take a step back, and let some of the world’s leading voices explain all of the benefits of modern wind energy. Below, you can see our top ten quotes for wind power.  Quotes About Wind Energy 1. Björk  "Solar power, wind power, the way forward is to collaborate with nature - it's the only way we...

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Do Solar Panels Work in the Winter?

One of the most common questions we get here at Solar Us, is "do solar panels work in the winter?" Or "do solar lights work in the winter?" We touch on this a little on our Solar Power FAQ page, but since we offer so many products relating to these topics, we thought it would be a great idea to do a special piece on the effects of winter on solar power. In this piece, you should leave with the ultimate knowledge on how winter can affect solar panels and solar energy in general. In order to better outline this we are going to separate this out by utility scale solar, residential solar panels, and home solar lighting. Does Winter...

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How to dispose of consumer solar products: A complete guide to responsible recycling and disposal

Small solar-powered products are a great way to go green for your wallet and the planet. But once it reaches the end of its useful life, that doesn't mean the legacy of green needs to end. Here are some steps you can take to ensure your old solar products end up in the circular economy, not the landfill. What are small consumer solar products? Small consumer solar products are becoming increasingly popular. The ability to perform a plethora of functions with nothing but the power of the sun is incredibly convenient and saves money in the long run. Common solar powered consumer products include: Fence post lights Battery charger banks Landscape lights Security lights Small solar panels Other products like...

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Solar Us Shop Becomes Green Business Certified!

Solar Us Shop is now a part of the Green Business Network!

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