Exact Solar: Experts in designing and installing solar energy systems

by June Portnoy

In 2004, when Mark Bortman moved his family from Bucks County to Costa Rica for a year, he never dreamed that this adventure would lead him to starting his own solar energy system installation business. However, while in Costa Rica, Mark apprenticed with a pioneer in the solar industry and learned the business from the ground up. When he returned to Yardley, he founded Exact Solar.

Today, it is the only company in the Greater Philadelphia area with extensive experience designing and installing all three major types of solar energy systems: solar electricity/photovoltaic (PV), solar water heating, and solar pool heating.

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Electric cars are here to stay!

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

Not so long ago, electric cars were seen as an inconvenient fad for only the most environmentally conscious consumers on the road. But as increasingly practical, affordable, and aesthetically appealing models make their way onto the market, Americans are realizing that electric cars are here to stay – and they make sense.

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‘Tis the season to give back to a charity protecting our planet

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

The winter months in the Northeast can get gloomy, but the holiday season also brings the joy of savory meals with friends and family, and of course – giving gifts. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Black Friday sales, but don’t forget the true meaning of the holidays – to appreciate what you have and to give to others who are not so fortunate.

Consider donating to these charities that are working to protect our planet and create solutions for sustainable living:

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Electric cars are here to stay!

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

Not so long ago, electric cars were seen as an inconvenient fad for only the most environmentally conscious consumers on the road. But as increasingly practical, affordable, and aesthetically appealing models make their way onto the market, Americans are realizing that electric cars are here to stay – and they make sense.

The same can be said about solar energy systems. Going solar used to be a luxury of the wealthy, but the cost of an average residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system is half of what it was just five years ago.

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Exact Solar: Experts in designing and installing solar energy systems

by June Portnoy

In 2004, when Mark Bortman moved his family from Bucks County to Costa Rica for a year, he never dreamed that this adventure would lead him to starting his own solar energy system installation business. However, while in Costa Rica, Mark apprenticed with a pioneer in the solar industry and learned the business from the ground up. When he returned to Yardley, he founded Exact Solar.

Today, it is the only company in the Greater Philadelphia area with extensive experience designing and installing all three major types of solar energy systems: solar electricity/photovoltaic (PV), solar water heating, and solar pool heating.

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Winter weatherization is key to cutting energy costs and usage

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

Winter is creeping in and it’s time to store away air conditioners and crank up the heat. Can you stay warm and still reduce your energy consumption and also save money?

The answer is definitely yes and it’s a key step not only toward helping your wallet, but also pushing our country as a whole toward energy independence and a sustainable future. What a waste to spend money running your oil or gas heater, only to have that nice, toasty air escape out cracks and crevices in your home!

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Final version of Clean Power Plan released

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

This is the beginning of a major shift in America’s energy landscape. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final version of the Clean Power Plan last month, which will significantly cut carbon emissions produced by power plants. Fossil fuel-fired power plants are the largest source of carbon emissions in the country, reports the EPA.

The plan aims to cut those emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030, a goal that will be reached by doing three things: improving efficiency of coal-fired power plants; increasingly rely on existing natural gas-powered plants; and expanding solar and wind energy.

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Utilizing solar power in times of crisis

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

While Pennsylvania residents were spared from the devastating floods that Hurricane Sandy brought to New Jersey and New York in 2012, vicious winds still managed to inflict one of the largest power outages in the state’s history. As utility companies scrambled to restore electricity to more than 1.3 million Pennsylvania residents, many found themselves suddenly living in a world of dark chaos.

Losing electricity can be an expensive and stressful ordeal. Without energy to keep your refrigerator cold, hundreds of dollars worth of food could be lost. The three million residents who rely on well water are suddenly left without a drop. If you’re left without power for more than a few uncomfortable hours, the next expensive step may be to head to a hotel until problems are resolved at home.

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The state of the U.S. solar industry

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

The new U.S. solar insight report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has created a lot of buzz in recent weeks. The report, which analyzed the growth of residential solar in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2015, announced a 76% increase from 2014’s first quarter.

In fact, 51% of all new electricity in the country was generated by solar panels owned by people just like you. This is particularly good news because it shows that everyday American homeowners are truly starting to embrace solar and its potential.

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Put a leash on ‘standby power’

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

Standby power, vampire power, phantom load, ghost electricity, leaking electricity. These are all terms used to describe wasted energy that most people are entirely unaware that they are wasting. Standby power refers to the energy that electronics put out when they are plugged in, but not turned on or being used.

When your microwave isn’t being used, it’s still using power.

Your phone charger that is plugged in 24/7—that’s a culprit, too. Every electronic attached to the wall all day is adding dollars to your electric bill and wasting precious energy.

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