Solar Load Calculator

Solar Load Calculator

A critical step in sizing a solar PV system is understanding the electrical load it needs to be able to supply. Our new, free online Solar Load Calculator displays a running total of your average daily Watt-hour usage, which helps determine the size of the solar system you’ll need. If you click the submit button at the bottom of the form, your results will be sent to the email address you provide so you’ll have your own record....

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Beginner’s Guide to Off-Grid Living

Beginner’s Guide to Off-Grid Living

By Courtni Wisenbaker-Scheel Being environmentally friendly and going green are hallmarks of our society today. What used to be reserved for a tiny portion of the population due to financial restrictions has now become a multi-million dollar industry that is accessible on some level for virtually everyone. It is this accessibility that is allowing people the opportunity to sever ties with traditional energy and water supply sources. If you are...

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Net Zero Homes and the Future of Energy Consumption

Net Zero Homes and the Future of Energy Consumption

By Erin Vaughan In 2008, the Department of Energy issued a challenge to homebuilders: design more efficient living spaces. Accordingly, they launched a stringent new set of criteria for energy-saving homes, designed to foster design innovation and drive new building techniques. Specifically, the DOE’s Builders Challenge program focuses on the net zero home, or DOE Zero Energy Ready Home, a high-performance structure that generates at...

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