A new light on Pennsylvania’s horizon

by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

There’s a new light on Pennsylvania’s horizon. A sky that has long been clouded by the darkening dust of burning coal is brightening with the dawn of the state’s solar energy industry. With the cost of going solar at an all-time low that continues to plummet, even in PA, a state with few solar incentives, solar is now a low-risk, financially attractive option.

Utility bills are a monthly reality for most and, if we don’t do anything differently, we’ll pay the utility company month after month, ever-increasing prices for the electricity we use, for the rest of our lives. Many are realizing that there is a way out – and an increasing number of PA residents are choosing to go solar.

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What an e-waste!

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The kids are back at school, armed with new cell phones to keep in touch (or just take selfies and post to their SnapChat stories) and new laptops to type essays, answer emails and play games (hopefully all three, and not just the last!).

But what do you do with the old, left-behind gadgets? You may have a drawer full of old cell phones, or a dinosaur of a television collecting dust in the basement.

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Renewable energy growth in Pennsylvania

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

With only four percent of Pennsylvania’s energy currently coming from renewable sources, achieving 100% renewable energy can seem like an impossible feat. But the state is moving forward and away from dirty fossil fuels.

Pennsylvania has a long road ahead to 100% renewable energy, but the Wind Energy Foundation is working to shed light on how far the state has already come. Through a project called A Renewable America, the nonprofit is raising public awareness of how each of the six major sources of renewable energy – solar, biomass, geothermal, hydro, waste-to-energy, and wind power – are already powering the state of Pennsylvania.

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Summer home-cooling tips

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

Long, sunny days have arrived, and the kids have swapped homework and studying for swimming and summer camp. But while the change of season brings fun in the sun, the constant hum of air conditioners working to combat the summer heat can sound like money going down the drain.

On the bright side, there are free and inexpensive ways to keep summer electric bills under control without sweltering in the heat. A programmable thermostat is key. Keep the thermostat set as high as comfortably possible while at home.

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One million solar installations

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Sometime in the final days of February 2016, an incredible feat was achieved in the American solar energy industry. Without a single flicker of light, the millionth solar electric system was turned on. For some perspective, that’s enough systems to power all of the homes in Pennsylvania!

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) decided that this accomplishment was deserving of some recognition and launched the #MillionSolarStrong campaign on May 3rd. The campaign aims to raise awareness of how common solar energy is in America, as well as the important role it plays in making the nation’s renewable energy revolution a reality.

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Solar energy systems add value to a home

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

The streets are once again alive with nature, festivals, yard sales, and open houses. This is the start of what Realtor.com calls the prime home buying season, which typically begins in April and peaks in June.

Buying a home is often seen as an investment, and for both buyers and sellers, there is no better way to invest in a home than to install a solar energy system. Adding a solar energy system to a home is typically seen as a long-term investment, but even those looking to sell in the near future can reap great financial benefits from going solar today.

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Warm your pool with a solar pool heating system

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

The weather is heating up and soon it will be time to uncover the pool and cool off. But shivering in a chilly pool is no more enjoyable than sweltering in the summer sun.

Luckily, you can harness the power of the sun to keep your pool at just the right temperature. A solar pool heating system can increase the temperature of your pool by 10 to 15 degrees, allowing you to open your pool earlier and extend your swimming season into the cooler fall months.

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Switching to clean energy sources can improve your health

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

Breathing clean air and drinking clean water is key to good health. However, water and atmospheric contamination caused by the extraction of fossil fuels poses major health risks. As a result, people around the world are plagued by unavoidable symptoms and illnesses, driving up health care costs and causing missed days from work and school.

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