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  • Title: Solar Power Energy Systems | Solar Panels | 1BOG.org
    Descriptive info: .. Sign Up.. (FREE).. -.. Log In.. 877-444-4002.. ABOUT US.. SOLAR BASICS.. SOLAR DEALS.. BLOG.. Facebook.. Twitter.. YouTube.. Vimeo.. Google.. The One Stop Solar Shop.. The average homeowner.. saves $1217.. 63 a year on electricity.. by going solar and it’s never been easier.. With an independent One Block Off the Grid solar consultant at your side, you can.. compare custom quotes from the biggest solar providers.. in the industry and quickly figure out if solar makes sense for you.. Free Home Solar Quote.. Compare solar installers and save.. Learn.. Our expert solar consultants are here to educate and inform, so you are empowered to make the right decision for you.. Compare.. We work with the nation's largest solar providers so you can quickly compare all your options and pick the one that matches your needs.. Save.. Our goal is to save you the most money on electricity every year.. We will find you the best deal possible, and we will do it for free.. Compare the best solar providers in the nation without ever leaving your computer.. Usually, shopping for solar is a long, complicated process.. Going to each of the nation's solar providers on your own could take weeks.. Because our team of independent solar consultants does this for you over the internet, it takes usually less than an hour and you never have to have a pushy salesperson in your home.. So.. become a member today.. and get your 100% free quote comparison to see how much solar can save you every year.. See which solar provider can save you the most.. BECOME A MEMBER FOR YOUR 100% FREE CONSULTATION.. We've helped over 3,600 members go solar and pay less every month.. Here are a few of their stories:.. If your electricity bill is $100 or more a month, solar is a no-brainer.. The electric savings alone.. that equals one year's college tuition for my kids!.. When we installed our panels back in 2010, our first electric bill came out to $9.. These fine publications had kind  ...   hassle.. 3.. We put the power in your hands and give you a real choice.. Once you've seen the numbers, the power is in your hands.. The only question you have to answer is:.. If you could pay less than you do today for your electricity, while producing clean energy, why wouldn't you?.. See the numbers for your house.. BECOME A MEMBER FOR YOUR 100% FREE, NO HASSLE QUOTE.. We're here to help.. Our team of solar consultants is here to help.. you find out if solar can save you money.. SOME OF OUR SOLAR CONSULTANTS (LEFT TO RIGHT).. CECIL - TIFFANY - JOEY - JEFF - THOMAS - RACHAEL - SCOTT - HUNTER - ANDREW - TIM - KAI - BRIE - DAMIAN - PETER - TOM - AVI - TODD - GEORGE - JUSTIN.. So what are you waiting for?.. Become a member.. Get educated.. Find out if solar works for you.. Close.. Give us a call or.. become a member.. today.. (877) 444-4002.. We're hiring solar advisors!.. Join us in educating homeowners about solar.. How we work.. What One Block Off the Grid does for you.. Homeowner's lounge.. FAQ.. Is solar right for me?.. National solar map.. Connect with us on Google+.. Solar basics.. How solar panels work.. Solar panel efficiency.. Solar equipment.. Solar roofing.. Solar quiz.. Top 18 questions homeowners ask about solar power.. How much does solar cost?.. How do people pay for solar installations?.. Online Solar Estimator.. Solar Deals.. Los Angeles.. Massachusetts.. New Jersey.. San Francisco Bay Area.. Oahu.. See all deals.. Recent Blog Posts.. More Confirmation that Rooftop Solar Makes Your Home Worth More.. How Green is Your Home? And How Much Green Does Your Home Save?.. Coloradoans Continue to Push Back Against Xcel s Attack on Solar Power.. How the Feds Just Helped the Rooftop Solar Boom to Grow.. About One Block Off the Grid.. |.. Terms of service & privacy policy.. Careers.. Help a friend go solar, get $400.. Copyright 2012, One Block Off the Grid a Pure Energies Group company..

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    Descriptive info: See if your roof can save you money.. Please fix the following errors.. Full name.. First name (req).. Last Name (req).. Full Home Address.. This address qualifies for a deal on solar.. 1234 Anystreet Anytown, AS, 55555 (req).. Email address.. youraddress@domain.. com (req).. Phone number.. 555-555-5555 (req).. Why?.. We won't hard-sell you.. Trust us.. It's much easier to quickly explore options and find out if solar is right for you over the phone.. Our initial conversation will only last about 5 minutes and you get to decide whether or not you want to move forward.. Average monthly electricity bill.. Please select a range.. $0 - $99.. $100 - $150.. $151 - $200.. $201 - $300.. $301 - $400.. $401 - $500.. $501 - $600.. $601 - $700.. $701 - $800.. $801+.. Do you rent or own?.. Own.. Rent.. How did you hear about us?.. Select one:.. Friend.. Article.. Web Search.. Community Group.. Facebook/Twitter.. Radio.. Flyer.. Mailer.. None of these.. Please explain:.. How shady is your roof at mid-day?.. No Shade.. A Little Shade.. A Lot Of  ...   using automated telephone technology including auto-dialers and text messages, even if your telephone or mobile number is currently listed on any state, federal, or corporate "Do Not Call" list, and you are not required to give your consent as a condition of purchase.. and you authorize One Block Off the Grid and its network of.. service providers.. to contact you at the telephone or mobile number you entered using automated telephone technology including auto-dialers, pre-recorded messages, and text messages, even if your telephone or mobile number is currently listed on any state, federal, or corporate "Do Not Call" list, and you are not required to give your consent as a condition of purchase.. Our.. 284,889 members.. love us.. Here's why:.. Exclusive deals on solar with trusted solar installers.. Free assistance and education from our in-house solar advisors.. Solar quotes without salespeople in your living room.. As seen in.. We value your privacy: We won't spam you or share your information with others without your consent.. Feel free to review our.. privacy policy for more detailed information..

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    Descriptive info: SOLAR DEALS.. PPA.. Solar Lease.. Home Equity.. SRECS.. PACE Financing.. Feed-In Tariffs.. Solar Increases Home Value.. Solar Estimator.. Local deals on solar.. We're all across the united states and are constantly expanding to new areas.. Even if we don't have a deal in your area, we can still introduce you to local installers or you can simply become a member and we'll let you know when a deal becomes available in your area.. Enter your address here to see if your home qualifies.. Solar deals in the West.. Bakersfield.. REGIONAL.. |.. 1205 Members.. See details.. Fresno Area.. 2443 Members.. Hawaii.. 321 Members.. 26689 Members.. Maui.. 125 Members.. 1281 Members.. Oregon.. 1789 Members.. Redding to Corning.. 571 Members.. Sacramento.. 4066  ...   30686 Members.. New York.. 4033 Members.. Washington D.. C.. 826 Members.. Solar deals in the South.. Dallas.. 5302 Members.. Solar deals in the Southwest.. Greater Denver Area.. 5854 Members.. Phoenix/Tucson.. 10341 Members.. We're always coming to new areas.. We're growing fast and moving into new states and cities at a fast rate.. If you want to be alerted when we come to your area or be introduced to a local installer in your area right now you should sign up.. To learn more about solar in general be sure to.. follow us on twitter.. and.. subscribe to our posts on Facebook.. Become a member to be notified.. YOU'LL BE THE FIRST TO KNOW WHEN WE COME TO YOUR AREA..

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  • Title: Solar Blog | One Block Off the Grid Home Solar Discounts
    Descriptive info: posted by Matthew Wheeland on December 18th, 2013.. [Editor's Note: This article by.. Scott Thill.. , originally appeared on our sister site,.. SolarEnergy.. net.. ].. It s always good news when scientific studies confirm common sense.. For instance: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has just published a report confirming what earlier studies correctly ascertained years ago: Solar panels can indeed increase the value of our homes.. Good night and good luck.. You ll need it.. Despite its stronger portfolio power, nationwide residential solar is underrepresented in the housing industry, while.. total solar systems don t add up.. to anything resembling a respectable percentage of nationwide renewable energy.. On the bright side, there s nowhere to go but up.. That s not much of a silver lining, considering the numbers.. LBNL s study.. Exploring California PV Home Premiums.. found that homes with rooftop solar arrays the bigger and newer, the better resold for more than non-solar homes stuck in the past.. It also found that homeowners not only made back money they presciently paid for solar arrays, but often tidy profits on top of it.. Mash that encouraging data with the.. Solar Energy Industries Association s research.. on the last few years of record-breaking American solar installations, and you ve got some good news in the mostly bad news about our.. failures to properly address climate change.. Of course, none of this is really news to the LBNL or America s accelerating solar sector, which is nevertheless.. playing catch-up with Germany.. and other motivated nations.. But it once again confirms there s little point in hitching the American economy to housing and construction if solar is left out in the cold.. If we re going to burn more oil to build more homes, we sure as hell should put solar panels on them.. Take the 70,245 non-solar homes sold from 2000-2009 analyzed in LBNL s study: They weren t able to match up against 1,894.. solar homes.. sold in the same period, which pocketed an additional $5,900 in value for each kilowatt generated.. That premium dropped around 9 percent annually as arrays aged, but that s technology for you.. Autocorrects arrive as innovation, efficiency and adoption reach more respectable levels.. So as more and more solar homes come online in California and other states LBNL promises to continue tracking, which includes the current residential solar explosion that was not included in this study the sector s renewable value will greater outshine obsolete products and paradigms that were never really worth their weight in emissions or investment.. Especially since solar is getting cheaper by the week.. This report confirms what we have said for a long time now: adding solar to your home actually increases its value, SEIA spokesperson Ken Johnson explained in an interview.. But it s also important to remember one other thing: As solar expands, installation costs will continue to come down.. Over the past two years alone, the cost of a solar system has dropped by nearly 40 percent, making solar more affordable.. So yes, the writing is on the walls, and the walls are atop the foundation, and the foundation is solar.. If you re thinking of building or buying a home without panels, proceed to the nearest scientist to have your wallet examined.. Photo Credit:.. cc.. licensed by.. ericvery.. via.. Compfight.. Posted in Array on December 18th, 2013.. posted by Matthew Wheeland on December 11th, 2013.. Editor’s note: This guest post is written by Michael Joseph, who has 12 years of experience as an interior designer, and currently works for.. Champion Window.. Over the past few years, a steadily increasing number of homeowners have switched to solar power as a way to save on energy costs and drastically reduce their carbon footprints.. While producing your own electricity is a great way to save money, the best place to start is by making the most of every watt that enters your home.. The following questions list some steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient.. There are many more, but if you answer yes to most of these questions, you can rest assured that your home is indeed green and you’ll be saving even more green every month.. Have you installed these energy-saving devices?.. A few simple, relatively affordable gadgets can go a long way toward cutting down on your heating bill.. For instance, a spot.. infrared thermometer.. , a handy little gadget that can easily locate leaks in your home’s insulation without calling in a professional energy auditor.. A.. programmable thermostat.. : Since the launch of.. the Nest Learning Thermostat.. , these smart devices have gained some major public attention.. Proper use of pre-programmed settings in a programmable thermostat can save you about $180 every year in energy costs.. Slaying the.. vampire gadgets.. : All the electronics you keep plugged into your walls 24/7 can eat up a ton of energy.. According to the U.. S.. Department of Energy, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed.. while the products are turned off but not unplugged.. This adds up to nearly 10 percent of U.. household electricity use, or approximately $4 billion per year.. You can curtail those phantom loads that your electronic appliances are devouring by plugging the appliances into power strips, and switching the strip off when they are not being used.. Are you doing what you can to plug the thermal envelope of your home?.. Have you ensured that air is not escaping through unnecessary openings in your home? Check the walls, chimney, the attic, holes made for electrical fixtures and make sure they are well insulated.. Plug leaks around windows and doors with caulking and weatherstripping.. Do you have energy-efficient, multi-paned, gas-filled widows with low-e coating? Approximately a third of an average home’s total.. heat loss occurs through your doors and windows.. Replacing old windows with Energy-Star qualified windows lowers household energy bills by 7-15 percent.. Do you have a.. cool roof.. one that reflects as much sunlight as possible? Have you used eco-friendly materials for your roofing?.. Do you go in for energy-saving appliances?.. When your old appliances and electronic devices break down, do you replace them with new energy-efficient ones that have the.. Energy Star label.. ? These cost more but use 10-15 percent less energy and release less greenhouse gases into the air than traditional appliances.. You can recover their higher upfront cost through reduced energy bills.. Pay particular attention to.. the fridge.. , which is one of the highest energy-consuming appliances in the home.. Do you keep it functioning at its maximum by regularly keep its heating coils and rubber door seals clean?.. What about heating and cooling equipment?.. Have you installed Energy Star-rated ceiling fans? You can reduce energy costs by up to 14 percent just by turning up the thermostat two degrees and using ceiling fans in summer.. Do you have an eco-friendly air-conditioner? This could cut your cooling costs by at least 30 percent and prevent emission of around 1,600 pounds of greenhouse gases annually.. Moreover, do you clean your AC filters at least every three months to maximize its efficiency?.. Have you installed a whole house fan below your attic?.. Are you using a tankless water heater or a solar water heater? These are great options that will not only help you save power but water as well, when combined with low-flow faucets and showerheads.. How green is your lighting equipment?.. Have you switched over to Energy Star-qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs? CFLs use more than 75 percent less energy than conventional incandescent bulbs, run cooler, last 10 times longer and pay for themselves within 6 months, each bulb saving about $30 over its lifetime.. LEDs are about 100 times more energy efficient than traditional lighting and are commonly used in Christmas lighting.. Have you reduced your dependence on artificial lighting during the daytime by using skylights and tubular daylight devices?.. Taking your green living habits to the next level.. Above and beyond all the steps listed above, there are a number of ways to change your household’s behavior to save energy and reduce your environmental impacts.. Some of the most effective methods include:.. Do you make a habit of turning off lights which are not being used?.. Do you save energy by decreasing your water heater temperature to about 130° F when using appliances like the dishwasher and washing machine? And, whenever possible, do you avoid using the dryer and use a clothesline instead to dry your clothes?.. Do you make it a point to turn off all sources of heat(such as lights, appliances and electrical equipment) when not in use in the summer? This will help keep your home or workplace cooler and reduce the need for fans or air conditioning.. Have you planted shady trees a foot away from the outer walls of your home to create a dead airspace that will shield it against extreme outdoor temperatures?.. Do you use insulated shades, drapes and other window treatments to make your windows more energy efficient?.. Are you making your own non-toxic cleaning products so that you can improveyour indoor air quality?.. Do you make a habit of recycling and reusing things around the home? All these will help you reduce your energy consumption and save significantly by way of reduced energy bills.. After going through this checklist, how green would you rate your home? Have the suggestions above spurred you on to do something about your environment and in the process for yourself as well? Let us know in the comments below.. House at night photo.. CC-licensed by Chad Paul.. Posted in Array on December 11th, 2013.. posted by Matthew Wheeland on December 6th, 2013.. Earlier this week, we wrote about the.. big new community solar power array.. outside Aurora, Colo.. , a 498-kilowatt system that could provide clean energy to 100 homes that otherwise wouldn t have solar.. Xcel Energy, the dominant utility in the state, touted its support of the project and in part that s true, as the utility s.. Solar*Rewards Community program.. connects its customers to solar garden developers.. But even while Xcel pats its own back for solar gardens, it s also continuing in its efforts to hamstring net metering benefits for solar homeowners in the state.. This week, in documents filed to the state s Public Utilities Commission, Xcel argued that Colorado s net metering rate is more than twice as high as it should be, and that.. incentives for home solar.. should be slashed.. In the.. Denver Business Journal.. Cathy Procter explains:.. Xcel executives have said that the current credit rate, 10.. 5 cents per kilowatt hour, is too rich.. They say the true value of the solar-based electricity is only about 4.. 6 cents per kilowatt hour.. Xcel officials say the lower figure represents the amount of power the utility doesn t have to buy, or power plants it doesn t have to build in order to meet demand, and they say the higher number includes a hidden subsidy that non-solar customers are paying for their neighbors solar power systems.. Net metering is one of several issues in Xcel s proposal, including the utility s suggestion that separate incentives encouraging the installation of solar power systems be slashed to less than a penny per watt.. Fortunately for the state, and unfortunately for Xcel, there s a huge foundation of support for rooftop solar in Colorado, as evidenced by a new poll conducted by The Alliance for Solar Choice.. After polling voters across the state, TASC found that 78 percent of Coloradoans support net metering, and that 75 percent oppose any efforts to change net metering practices in the state.. At the same time, a coalition of state residents and solar advocates have launched a.. Million Solar Roofs.. campaign in Colorado to spread home solar even faster.. Just as in Arizona, where utility company APS eked out a tiny victory in its efforts to.. eliminate home solar incentives.. , Colorado residents suggest that opposition to home solar is political suicide.. Last month, Xcel lost another battle in Colorado, when voters in Boulder overwhelmingly supported a public utility initiative, one that Xcel strongly opposed.. There s no doubt that the fight against solar is continuing, in Colorado and across the country, and we ll continue to cover the issue.. Solar installation photo by Dennis Schroeder of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, courtesy of Environment Colorado.. Posted in Array on December 6th, 2013.. posted by Matthew Wheeland on November 27th, 2013.. Editor s note: This post on the home solar boom, by.. John Moore.. , originally appeared on the NRDC s Switchboard blog, and is reprinted with permission.. Last week, a federal agency issued new and better standards for connecting rooftop solar, wind, energy storage, and other clean distributed power systems at homes and businesses to the electric grid, helping to make the grid connection process quicker and cheaper.. The new standards come not a moment too soon, as these home and business power systems are fast becoming a major source of electric power across the nation.. Grid installations of these mostly on-site energy systems are booming, much of it rooftop solar, as more consumers want to produce their own clean power and control their electricity bills.. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency charged with regulation of the high-power electric grid, issued the standards, which apply to distributed energy resources 20 megawatts and smaller in size.. Among their highlights, they:.. Expand the.. size and likely the number of units.. that can connect to the grid without costly studies;.. Add.. energy storage units.. to the types of power that can take advantage of the standards; and.. Increase utility information disclosure on.. local grid conditions.. – essential for identifying the best locations to connect distributed energy resources to the grid.. Why are new standards necessary?.. The new FERC standards address technically important issues related to the increasing need to connect solar photovoltaic.. (.. PV) and other distributed generation to local grids.. Many state clean energy laws include targets for these on-site units, and net metering arrangements allow homeowners to sell excess power to the local utility.. Keep in mind that in most cases, installing a solar panel or wind or other power system does not mean going off grid.. The homeowner or business needs to connect to a power line nearby to ensure a dependable supply of power when the onsite system isn t producing, and to provide power back to the grid for neighbors to use.. Grid power also helps to balance the minute-to-minute power variations in home power units.. A local distribution grid of power lines works to distribute and deliver energy from higher voltage transmission lines to our neighborhoods.. These smaller lines can handle only so much additional power from distributed energy systems without experiencing problems – even though those same lines are delivering less power from large power plants as a result of the proliferation of onsite power systems.. (Click to enlarge.. Source, U.. DOE, as modified by author).. Without efficient and streamlined interconnection standards like those issued today, nearly every local utility would require homeowners and businesses to pay for expensive and time-consuming studies to look at whether their solar PV or wind system could safely connect to the distribution grid.. FERC s guidelines, both existing and newly improved by today s order, avoid the need for many of these studies.. Note that the new standards are legally binding only on utility companies  ...   the cleanest and nontoxic fossil fuel available.. Conclusion.. Regardless of what motivates your off-grid move, taking steps big or small to reduce or eliminate your impact on our natural resources does a world of good, while keeping money in your pocket.. Win, win.. Sources: Amerigas; Energy.. gov; EPA; EnergyAlternatives.. ca; Investopedia; Mother Nature News; PT Money; U.. Energy Information Administration.. Posted in Array on November 12th, 2013.. Tips, Tricks and Tools to Start Managing Your Home Energy Use.. posted by Matthew Wheeland on November 4th, 2013.. [Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of blog posts about smart home energy management from our partners at.. Alarm.. com.. , makers of the Connected Home platform.. In the coming months, their experts will examine the features and benefits of energy management in the connected home.. This month, Jay Kenny explores some ways that you can employ technology in the quest to reduce your energy bills.. In our first article, we highlighted the.. importance of energy management.. as part of the larger Connected Home technology platform.. Eliminating efficiencies in the way that you use energy ultimately increases the impact that your solar production has on your overall energy footprint.. For our next step, let s take a deeper look into how technology can provide you the information and tools to comprehensively identify energy waste and take effective, immediate steps to address it.. Track and Target Waste.. Looking at your monthly home energy bill, it s difficult to know exactly where costs are coming from and how you can start lowering them.. While smart thermostats and appliance modules help reduce the amount of energy used in the home, they aren t the whole story.. You might be surprised to learn how much power appliances like televisions, refrigerators, and washing machines use every day sometimes even when they re turned off.. New wireless monitoring devices let you track and analyze every appliance in your home.. Once you know which devices are inflating your monthly bill, automation can help manage those appliances around your daily routine.. That way they re on when you need them, and off when you don t.. Take this example: One of my colleagues put a light control module on a motion-sensitive, outdoor flood light used for nighttime security around her home.. By monitoring this specific light she discovered that it was being triggered unnecessarily during daylight hours and wasting energy.. She created a schedule for that specific light so that it would operate only during nighttime hours, and she saved between 25 and 50 cents worth of energy every day.. That can really add up to both energy bill costs and environmental impact.. Set Goals.. Monitoring and automating devices also lets you measure your progress towards energy saving goals.. Smart tools help you set achievable goals for the month and allow you to track actual consumption against them.. If you fall behind, you can fine tune automations and schedules on every device in your home to get back on track.. Learning the home s occupancy and power usage patterns is the basis for highly personalized estimates around energy consumption and savings, as well as for creating smart schedules for automation.. These patterns also ensure that every automation is optimized to be as efficient as possible.. For example, thermostat data can tell us how long your home takes to heat up or cool down.. Taking this into account allows the energy management service to optimize the thermostat around your personal schedule.. Actionable Data.. Knowing how the different devices and appliances in your home consume power also helps you make informed decisions about additional investments you re considering to further enhance your home s energy efficiency.. For example, the thermodynamic modeling that calculates the time and energy needed to heat and cool your house can also help guide you in determining whether new windows or improved insulation would significantly improve your home s overall efficiency.. In an age of overwhelming information, sometimes it s the little data within your home that can make the biggest impact.. Solar.. Obviously solar holds great promise to significantly reduce monthly costs and accomplish energy independence.. With.. One Block Off the Grid.. , you can learn about options for incorporating solar energy into your home, and, once installed, monitor how much you solar production contributes to your goals.. Integrating this information with Green Button data, as well as whole home as well as device level energy use information, will give you the complete picture about your home s energy footprint.. Jay Kenny is the VP of Marketing for.. , the makers of the Connected Home platform and advanced energy management services.. com has well over 1 million homes subscribed to our Connected Home platform, and we have seen growing consumer interest across all the entire range energy management capabilities in the Connected Home.. This includes core energy management capabilities like smart thermostats, lighting control and schedule optimization, as well as the more comprehensive energy features for monitoring appliance and whole home consumption, integrating green button data, connecting to the smart grid, and leveraging cleaner energy sources like solar power.. With the Connected Home consumers can create a personalized energy management plan that’s easy to implement and that fits their goals; whether it’s saving money or the planet.. danmachold.. Posted in Array on November 4th, 2013.. Energy-Efficient Mortgages: Another Way to Install Solar at Home.. posted by Matthew Wheeland on October 30th, 2013.. [Editor's note: This is a guest post by Phil Georgiades, the Chief Loan Steward at.. VA Home Loan Centers.. While the costs of adding solar power to a home are coming down substantially, for some homebuyers, any expense is too much.. Combining energy efficient mortgages, commonly called.. EEMs.. , with tax credits can make adding solar upgrades to a home possible without out-of-pocket expenses.. You re essentially getting paid to go green when you buy a home, and increasing the payback time of any solar units.. It s a method that few homebuyers, real estate agents and lenders are aware of.. When Solar Upgrade government mortgages (FHA and VA Loans) are used to purchase a home, a buyer can install or upgrade solar at no cost.. The.. solar upgrades.. are included in the home loan, requiring no money out of a homebuyer s pocket.. An EEM takes the savings the homeowner gets in having an energy-efficient home, and puts that savings into the mortgage itself.. Lower utility bills, for example, allow a homeowner to pocket more money each month, which can be used to afford a larger home.. Conventional EEMs increase the purchasing power of buying an energy efficient home by allowing the lender to increase the borrower s income by a dollar amount equal to the estimated energy savings.. Your monthly mortgage payments may be slightly higher than a non-EEM mortgage, but you ll save money over time because your energy bills will be lower.. Borrowers can not only qualify for a larger loan or a better home, but also can increase the potential resale value of their home by going solar.. Sellers can sell their home more quickly by making the home more affordable to more people who want solar power.. To get an EEM, a home doesn t have to be new.. Existing homes can qualify, though attached condos won t allow the upgrade.. Detached condos will usually qualify if the homeowners association approves it.. There are also federal.. tax credits for installing solar energy systems.. that can make the cost worthwhile.. The current tax credit is 30% of the cost with no upper limit, and is available for existing homes and new construction.. Principal residences and second homes qualify, but rentals don t qualify.. The tax credit is set to expire Dec.. 31, 2016.. The Veteran s Administration, or VA, offers EEMs to qualified military personnel, reservists and veterans for energy improvements when purchasing an existing home.. It caps energy improvements at $3,000 to $6,000.. These mortgages are available for $0 down if you qualify.. Phil Georgiades is the Chief Loan Steward for VA Home Loan Centers.. To apply for a VA energy efficient mortgage home loan, visit.. or email.. info@vahomeloancenters.. If you re a civilian interested in the program call 877-432-LOAN.. For sale sign photo.. CC-licensed by Flickr user thinkpanama.. Posted in Array on October 30th, 2013.. Solar Decathlon 2013: A Conversation with the Winners.. posted by Matthew Wheeland on October 29th, 2013.. [Editor's note: This is the fourth dispatch by reporter Scott Thill from the 2013 Solar Decathlon in Irvine, Calif.. Read the rest of his posts here:.. Solar Decathlon preview.. ,.. Solar Decathlon field report.. , and.. Solar Decathlon slideshow.. What should realistic and affordable but still beautiful and cool.. for the mass market look like in the future? If the Solar Decathlon team from the Vienna University of Technology has anything to say about it, they ll be modular social creatures capable of adapting to favorable and unfavorable climates.. Team Austria emerged.. victorious from the Solar Decathlon.. earlier this month.. The team s sustainability-minded students designed, fielded and crowned their LISI house winner of the Department of Energy s.. 2013 Solar Decathlon.. More lengthily known as.. Living Inspired by Sustainable Innovation.. , LISI s debut in our government s mostly American competition was an international object lesson in forward-thinking housing and marketing.. As I explained earlier this month in my.. 2013 Solar Decathlon field report.. and its.. photovoltaic photo gallery.. , Austria s LISI felt like a high-end housebox with recoverable space wherever one turned, nicely in tune with its exterior and interior territories.. I recently corresponded with Team Austria s architect Philipp Klebert and Sebastian Ortner, who explained how LISI came to be as well as where solar housing needs to be for coming generations locked in global warming s crosshairs.. Scott Thill:.. Congratulations on your debut victory! What do you think helped you stand out from the field?.. Team Austria:.. We had experts in all required fields, be it in media and communications, architecture, market appeal or engineering.. Scoring between first and fourth in several categories helped Austria stay on top, and ranking first in the communications category was especially satisfying.. But it was not one individual s work that made the difference, but the effort of the entire team.. ST:.. LISI merges inside and outside living, and is made entirely of wood.. Is there a philosophical dimension to these choices that offer guidance to both students and industry toward more sustainable living?.. TA:.. Absolutely! We really tried to consider all aspects of building a house.. It s not only about operating your home in an efficient manner, or being sustainable in your energy consumption.. It s also considering the energy and emissions that go into all steps of a building s life-cycle, including construction.. Are our current levels of global production and consumption in the housing sector sustainable?.. There has been a trend towards more energy-efficient and sustainable homes, since products and their technologies have become more accessible and affordable.. We are obviously thrilled about this, and really encourage everybody to participate in this great change that is happening.. However, globalization has also seen people moving away from their traditional homes, which are based on optimized adaptation to their natural surroundings.. Instead, they aim for foreign designs which appear exciting to them.. While we feel that cultural and technological exchange between countries and peoples is pivotal in dealing with so many of today s environmental and sustainability issues, it is important to make smart,educated decisions about which newly accessible technologies to integrate in our lives.. Your perfect scores on energy balance and hot water helped you to the win.. What solutions to these global concerns did you learn through the challenges?.. It is important to understand that when it comes to energy production, meeting net-zero standards in one s own home is important, yet not sufficient.. During the day when the house is producing energy we can feed the excess energy back into the grid and support commercial buildings and industry infrastructure alike.. Therefore, energy balance should not be seen on a single, individual scale, but rather in an urban context of interconnection and exchange.. As a microcosmic look at solar housing innovation, what do you think the field of competitors showed that could prove both helpful and accessible to the global population?.. The enthusiasm the teams have shown presenting their new technologies, innovations and concepts to the public was quite visible throughout the competition.. Very often, investing in new products or systems can be connected to psychological barriers and lead people to decide against investment.. Team Austria, as well as all our competitors, showed finished buildings which truly worked and performed during everyday tasks.. This helped with any breakdown of stereotypes visitors might have had.. The integration of innovative and renewable technologies offers not only a potential for sustainability, but also one for financial gains in the industry.. Higher initial investment costs do pay off, if one chooses not to be shortsighted.. Team Austria victory photo.. LISI photo.. CC-licensed by Stefano Paltera/U.. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.. Posted in Array on October 29th, 2013.. Infographic: Why and How to Get a Home Energy Audit.. posted by Matthew Wheeland on October 22nd, 2013.. Why and How to Get a Home Energy Audit? Here at One Block Off the Grid, we re obviously focused pretty heavily on.. home solar panels.. , but for homeowners who are thinking about going solar or who have just installed a rooftop solar system cutting your energy use is a critically important way to get the most bang for your solar buck.. Almost every home has weak spots where energy leaks out like a sieve; whether it s your windows and doors, your water heater, or the insulation in your attic, there are almost inevitably a number of places that are costing you money every month.. The Department of Energy has put together.. a huge collection of resources about home energy use.. , and we just came across this nifty infographic that explains the whys and hows of home energy audits.. Whether you re doing it yourself or hiring a professional, the chart below spells out where to look for energy savings that can cut anywhere from 5 to 30 percent off your monthly energy bill.. Click the image below for a larger version, and you can read more about it at the.. Department of Energy s website.. Posted in Array on October 22nd, 2013.. Previous Entries.. High electricity bill? We can help.. At One Block Off the Grid, our job is to help homeowners save money and go solar by providing the best options straight from the nation's leading solar providers.. Become a member today.. FIND OUT HOW MUCH YOU'LL SAVE BY GOING SOLAR.. How much is your roof worth with solar panels?.. For customized return on investment, exclusive deals, and the answer to all of your solar questions.. Free, no obligation.. [One Block Off the Grid] also does the legwork for you in finding a good supplier and installer.. And you can do most of the process right online.. 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  • Title: Solar Homeowner Shaikh Sarmad’s Story
    Descriptive info: ABOUT US.. How We Work.. About Us in 60 Seconds.. Testimonials.. Why 1BOG?.. Press.. Our Team.. National Solar Map.. Solar Homeowner Shaikh Sarmad’s Story.. Go solar with us and join.. homeowners like Shaikh.. in saving money on electricity every month.. Enter your address here to see if your home qualifies for a deal on solar.. “If your electricity bill is $100 or more a month, solar is a no-brainer.. ”.. It makes strong financial sense for most households to go solar according to Huntington Beach, CA, resident, Shaikh Sarmad.. We couldn’t have said it better.. Read his solar story here.. After becoming a parent, I started to think more about the environment and decided to install solar.. I also plan on buying an electric car, so knew my usage would be going up and that I want to fuel my car with clean energy.. I was introduced to your program just as I’d begun researching solar I really wanted to know what was out there.. Your website has great educational material for someone like me who was starting my research from scratch.. When  ...   a very practical solution if your house is viable.. It s just like shopping for a car you can buy solar outright, get a loan, or lease, with a $0 or small down payment.. However, unlike a car, which is a depreciating asset, solar keeps on giving! If your bill is $100 or more a month, it s a no-brainer, financially and environmentally, for most households to go solar.. My last bill was $1.. 73 you can’t beat that!.. Want to ask Shaikh questions about going solar?.. Your name:.. Your email address:.. Phone (optional):.. Preferred contact method:.. Email.. Phone.. Your question:.. The CAPTCHA solution was incorrect, please try again.. Sending your message.. Thanks for asking a question! We'll get back to you soon.. Now that you've read Shaikh's story.. You should.. and find out how much you can save.. SOME OF OUR SOLAR ADVISORS (LEFT TO RIGHT).. CECIL - TIFFANY - JOEY - JEFF - THOMAS - RACHAEL - SCOTT - HUNTER - ANDREW.. TIM - KAI - BRIE - DAMIAN - PETER - TOM - AVI - TODD - GEORGE - JUSTIN..

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  • Title: Solar Homeowner Dave Shaffer's Story
    Descriptive info: Solar Homeowner Dave Shaffer s Story.. homeowners like Dave.. The electric savings alone that equals one year s college tuition for my kids! Read Dave Shaffer s solar story.. Philadelphia-based software designer Dave Shaffer signed up with us because the cost-benefit analysis of going solar couldn’t be denied.. Read on to hear what he had to say:.. I d been researching solar for a couple of years, but the financials really didn t work out for me until 2010.. I ll be honest, our primary reason for going solar was the savings aspect we were looking at monthly electrical bills of about $400.. Something I d like to tell people is that solar is a.. very.. practical solution if your house is viable.. For those looking for a way to save more, the electric savings alone over the next 10 years I mean, that equals one year s college tuition for my kids!.. I m currently in the process of remodeling my kitchen.. That is a massive expense that I  ...   only end up owing $11,000 because of all the rebates out there.. Because I was so far along in my research when I was introduced to One Block Off the Grid, I already had most of my answers, and didn t need much more information from you guys.. Nevertheless, your program did help me save a couple thousand dollars on my solar installation.. Mine is the first house in the neighborhood with solar panels on the roof.. After seeing the success I ve had in going solar, I have a couple of friends who are ready to pull the trigger themselves.. When people ask me about going solar, they are instantly skeptical and seem hesitant to believe that it s a viable way of saving money.. But the rebates available in Pennsylvania are the law until at least 2016, so I just try and explain the financials of it and hope people get the message.. ”.. Want to ask Dave questions about going solar?.. Now that you've read Dave's story..

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  • Title: Solar Homeowner Sue Okerson's Story
    Descriptive info: Solar Homeowner Sue Okerson s Story.. homeowners like Sue.. We just got our taxes done and wow we are getting a huge refund due to installing solar panels! Read Sue Okerson s solar story.. Snow-filled winters didn t stop Jim and Sue Okerson from installing solar panels on their Denver home back in March 2010.. One year later, Sue is still thrilled about the decision and talks about solar “any chance she gets.. Here s what she had to say.. I couldn’t be happier with my experience going solar.. One year later, we’re still saving money even in the dead of winter!.. Our biggest problem when starting this journey was not truly understanding the cost.. When we first considered going solar, my husband Jim was really hesitant.. His main worry was price.. You hear how expensive solar installations are would it be worth it? Was the cost benefit advantage really there?..  ...   family in New Jersey that they’ve got to go solar!.. Our neighbors reactions have been overwhelmingly positive.. For example, an older couple across the street have what must be one of the first solar installations to have ever come on the market.. It’s from the 70s, and has been been offline for years.. But now that we ve gone solar and they ve seen how happy we are with the results, they say they re going to have to get back on the solar grid again.. Living in snow has not been a problem whatsoever.. Our latest electricity bill (for March 2011) was $12.. 00! On top of that, we just got our taxes done and wow we are getting a HUGE refund due to installing solar panels! All in all, this has been an amazing experience.. Want to ask Sue questions about going solar?.. Now that you've read Sue's story..

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  • Title: Welcome to the Solar Homeowner's Lounge! Read Solar Stories, Get Solar Advice.
    Descriptive info: Welcome to the solar homeowner's lounge.. Our solar homeowners love to share information and advice.. To ask them a question directly, use the handy form at the bottom of their solar story!.. California.. Pre-negotiated, transparent pricing was a valuable aspect of One Block Off the Grid for Southern California homeowner Shaikh Sarmad.. Read Shaikh Sarmad's Solar Story.. Colorado.. Denver homeowners Sue Jim Okerson prove you don't need blue skies and sunshine to save big with solar.. Read Sue Okerson's Solar Story.. Colorado homeowner Tim Pickard didn't have the ideal roof for solar, but microinverters made it possible.. Read Tim Pickard's Solar Story.. San Francisco homeowner Sam Weinberger eliminated his high electricity bills by participating in one of One Block Off the Grid's very first deals on solar.. Read Sam Weinberger's Story.. San Francisco homeowner Ed Lortz says the process of researching solar was confusing until he landed on something that simplified the process.. Read Ed Lortz's Story.. San Diego homeowner Andres Spagarino wanted One Block Off  ...   going solar since 1970, but didn't find it economically viable until recently.. Read John Martin's Solar Story.. Deb and her husband are both school teachers in New Jersey.. When their twin sons were born, they realized they wanted to "take bigger steps" to go green.. Read Deb Maher's Story.. Pennsylvania.. Facing electricity bills of $400 a month and more, Philadelphia homeowner David Shaffer says he went solar primarily for the savings.. Read Dave Shaffer's Solar Story.. Long Island homeowner Raina Russo felt like she wasn't getting the information she needed as a homeowner to make a decision on solar until she discovered one important thing.. Read Raina Russo's Solar Story.. Here's Ararat, a San Francisco homeowner, speaking about his experience using One Block Off the Grid to buy a solar power system.. Tim Bluhm of the band The Mother Hips talks about what it was like to go solar through us.. Here's Susan, speaking about her experience using 1BOG.. org to buy a solar power system..

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  • Title: Solar Basics Webinar
    Descriptive info: Solar Basics Webinar.. Please turn your speakers on to hear to presentation.. SolarCity hosted a webinar for 1BOG participants.. Here is a video of the webinar if you would like to learn more about the fundamentals of solar power and the incredible price and bonus products offered exclusively to our group.. There is a lot of good Q and A toward the end.. For even more info about the basics, here s a link to our Solar FAQ..

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