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5 tips to help keep your solar-powered home warmer this winter

5 tips to help keep your solar-powered home warmer this winter

It’s getting cold outside. And even though your Sacramento-area home is equipped with a solar energy system, there are still other ways to boost efficiency and keep heat in, and the cold out.

The following cold-weather tips will lead to a cozier and more energy-efficient dwelling this winter season.

Ceiling fan

Did you know your home’s ceiling fan can help circulate warm air around your home?

Simply reverse the fan’s direction so it can do its work and circulate the warm air that’s being released from your heating system.

As a bonus, using ceiling fans during the winter will reduce dust accumulation and make it easier for cleaning.

Solar heat pump

As a complement to your solar electricity system, a solar heat pump is another clean and efficient way to warm the inside of the home.

These air-sourced pumps provide heat through the home’s duct or piping systems while the ground-source pump operates in tandem with pipes underneath the home.

Thermostats with apps

Newer homes and their heating and air setups will feature smart thermostats, which let you set timers and make other adjustments to the home’s energy use.

With a few swipes, smart thermostats balance the amount of energy needed to power the home, especially during peak hours. And the best part about this automation is that it will also help you save money.

Electric heating

For some homeowners, electric heating is the only option – and it can be on the expensive side.

Solar energy users, however, have an upper hand when using these types of heating devices, which do better in targeted areas of the home.

Portable heating systems are inexpensive and will do a great job in keeping a room nice and cozy without the high-energy bill.

Insulation

This is an obvious solution to help keep the inside of your home warm and sealed from the elements.

Proper insulation boosts the efficiency of the energy production inside your home and will keep utility costs in check. In addition, insulation will block out noise, regulate humidity and reduce allergens and pests inside the home.

For any questions related to a solar power system for your home or business, contact us today!

U.S. brings 4.5 gigawatts of solar power online in 2019

U.S. brings 4.5 gigawatts of solar power online in 2019

The cumulative solar energy capacity of the United States is growing and California continues to lead the way.

The Lawrence Berkley National Lab is keeping track of solar power capacity, which was driven by projects in the southeast and California.

Last year alone, Americans turned to solar product solutions and brought 4.5 gigawatts of utility-scale solar energy online. The Golden State outputted nearly 1 gigawatt of power alone, also adding solar and storage projects on a commercial operational level.

One megawatt of energy translates into about 3.124 million photovoltaic panels.

California also earned the top spot for solar generation in-state percentage with 20 percent. This output includes both residential and commercial solar energy systems.

Costs for installing solar applications are on the downward trend, creating greater accessibility to green technology that can fulfill residential and commercial energy needs.

Consumers are also turning to the Solar Investment Tax Credit, a 26 percent tax break, to bring the cost of solar down even more.

Since the tax credit was enacted about 14 years ago, the U.S. solar industry has expanded by more than 10,000 percent.

It has helped to create jobs and to bring clean, affordable energy solutions into thousands of homes and businesses across California.

The solar tax credit will be reduced by 22 percent in 2021 before it goes away entirely the following year. Businesses will have an extra year to take advantage of the tax benefit.

Aztec Solar offers solar energy solutions that fill the needs at home or at your place of business.

We offer full electricity applications, solar power battery storage, solar pool heating, in-house solar water heating and other solar electrical applications.

Please contact us today to learn more about how solar energy can provide a reliable, clean and affordable source of electricity at home or at work.

We view every solar application as part of a greater solution to a brighter future and stronger planet.

How does commercial solar power work?

How does commercial solar power work?

Solar panels are not just for massive solar farms or neighborhood rooftops.

They can also save commercial enterprises money and fulfill their energy needs with green technologies such as full solar electricity applications and solar power storage.

Here’s how commercial solar power works.

Photovoltaic modules, commonly known as solar panels, are at the foundation of every solar electricity application. They are installed on business rooftops or on frames to maximize angles and sunlight absorption.

The stored energy moves into the system’s inverters.

Inverters transform incoming DC energy into AC power, the same form of energy that’s standard inside your home or business.

Once the power is converted, it is indistinguishable from electricity taken from the grid.

Your business’s existing electrical infrastructure will be put to work.

Electricity outputted by the inverter is sent directly to your switchboard, allowing the free flow of energy at your place of business.

An electricity meter will track energy use so that electricity is first drawn from your solar electricity system and not from the grid.

In the event that your business will need additional power, your setup is designed to filter in electricity from the grid. It’s also possible to redistribute excess energy and send it back to the grid through net metering.

Going solar is a smart business decision because it will reduce operating costs, freeing up resources for other business goals. Solar applications are low maintenance and will provide clean energy to your business for decades to come.

Adopting solar energy also immediately puts your business at the forefront of a growing green energy movement.

More and more, consumers want to do business with organizations that are committed to decreasing harmful greenhouse emissions and are planning for a brighter future.

As the region’s solar pioneer, Aztec Solar has plenty of experience with the Sacramento area’s business leaders.

We’ve partnered with the business community and developers for more than four decades, delivering energy savings and peace of mind so that businesses will meet their energy needs.

Our solar experts and top-quality products can address the needs of any industry, from education, hospitality, industrial and other sectors.

Please reach out to us today to learn more about how our turn-key solar installations can save your business money and help you plan for a brighter, carbon-free future.

Georgetown University to generate more than two-thirds of its energy with solar

Georgetown University to generate more than two-thirds of its energy with solar

As soon as this month, Georgetown University will generate over two-thirds of its energy needs from solar power applications.

University officials said the initiative is a measure to reduce the campus’s reliance on traditional grid-based utility.

For years, Georgetown University has been at the forefront of green energy. Since 2013, the university has purchased renewable energy certificates, known as RECs, which document the use of clean energy.

Moving forward, Georgetown University will source even more of its energy from renewable energy providers. It’ll buy more than 100,000 megawatt-hours of electricity each year.

The school’s overall mission is to pave the way for a brighter future that’s more reliant on green technology.

Under the agreement, electricity will be delivered from solar plants in Maryland and New Jersey and the school will continue to use RECs from other sources, too.

Georgetown University has taken other concrete steps in the fight against climate change and harmful fossil fuels. It divested from fossil fuel companies over concerns about the environment and unstable financial outcomes.

If your business is ready to take its own steps toward energy independence, Aztec Solar can provide the expertise and products to transform the way you consume energy.

Aztec Solar is the go-to energy solutions provider that’s committed to meeting the energy needs of business owners. Our top-quality solar products and technologies deliver green energy at affordable prices.

From full solar power applications to solar battery storage, Aztec Solar can work with you to design a solar system that suits your day-to-day operational requirements.

Please contact Aztec Solar to learn more about the possibilities and the benefits of clean and affordable green energy at your place of business. Together, we can lower your utility costs and make a positive contribution to the health of the planet for generations to come.

From Walmart to Facebook, corporate investment in solar soars

From Walmart to Facebook, corporate investment in solar soars

A national survey of solar use among corporate entities shows significant increases to solar investment.

From tech giants to major retailers and other business enterprises, leaders have installed more than 1,280 megawatts of new commercial solar power last year, the second-largest annual gain in history.

Apple, Amazon and Walmart lead the way, increasing their solar capacity by 35 percent in 2019. Apple plans to rely on 100 percent carbon-neutral energy sources for its supply chain and products by 2030.

Business leaders are learning the choice isn’t between a healthy planet and a good business strategy. Both are possible.

According to the report, the combined solar capacity of 38,000 business-owned solar energy system generates power for nearly 2 million homes, which can offset about million metric tons of CO2 each year.

Sustaining a collective effort in the fight to undo the damage of climate change is top of mind, and is a reason why so many other businesses are adopting clean energy applications.

Companies like Google are doubling down on solar. The internet giant plans to run data centers and corporate campuses on 100 percent carbon-free power within a decade.

The top 10 list of corporate solar users include Apple, Amazon, Walmart, Target, Google, Kaiser Permanente, Switch, Prologis, Facebook and Solvay.

Aztec Solar is proud to serve the needs of businesses across the Sacramento region.

We are committed to meeting every one of their energy needs, so they can get on with their business as efficiently as possible.

Aztec Solar’s products and technologies are supported by solar experts and award-winning customer service.

Our top priority is our customers. That is why we offer an array of products, such as large-scale commercial applications and solar battery storage.

If you are interested in building an energy infrastructure that’s forward-looking, please contact us today to learn more about the benefits of solar energy.

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