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The Benefits of Home Energy Audits

According to real estate professionals, for every $1 reduction in energy usage, on average it increases the value of the home around $20. For instance, if you reduce your energy bills by $500 annually, your home’s value increases as much as $10,000! (Please keep in mind this is just an average and actual increases in value are influenced by a number of factors including current market conditions.)

Furthermore, energy improvements increase comfort levels within your home year round. This can also help reduce other energy costs. For example, during the winter, if your home previously had cold spots, you may have put on sweaters and extra clothes to stay warm, increasing the amount of dirty clothing you had to launder, which meant you were using more energy.

What Is Community Solar?

A solar technologies continue to evolve and advance, it allows for a variety of creative and new ways to apply the technology for homes, businesses, and communities. One of the new concepts that is quickly growing in interest and will become a mainstay in the solar power industry in the coming years is called “Community Solar.”

Community Solar is where a community shares the solar panels used to generate electricity for homes. You may have also heard of Community Solar before as it is also been called solar gardens, solar farms, and shared solar plants. This term can be used to describe both community-sponsored installations, as well as those owned by third-parties.

Solar Is Older Than You Think

While it’s true that Solar Systems have become more prominent within the past decade due in part to declining cost and government incentives, solar energy—as a concept—is not a new concept by any means. In fact, it’s much older than you think. A recent infographic by US-based Solar Tech shows Neolithic China was experimenting with Solar Architecture as early as 4000 B.C.