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Energy Saving Devices: Renewed Warning

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About 18 months ago I warned about power factor correction devices that are being heavily marketed in Southwest Florida. These “energy saving devices” do nothing to reduce your electricity bill, which is exactly what they are advertised to do. Despite the well known fact that this technology has no place in household energy savings, the myth persists. I recently received an …

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iSwim vs FAFCO

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When comparing iSwim vs FAFCO solar pool heating panels, it all comes down to longevity and flow rate. Both solar panels are made from similar materials and are made in the USA (iSwim is made in Florida, FAFCO in California). They each come from established manufacturers. So, what factors should you consider to compare the two brands? iSwim vs FAFCO: Comparing Solar Pool …

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Solar Pool Panel Cost

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Note: This article focuses on the cost of solar pool heating panels specifically. If you are at the beginning of your research about solar pool heaters, your first question is probably about the solar pool panel cost. Most systems come as a fully installed package. Dealers will give you turnkey pricing including all engineering, permits, and installation. This is especially true …

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Replace Solar Pool Heating Panel With Different Brand?

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Solar pool heating panel repair service is something that most local solar panel dealers will do for any brand. We service all of our competitors’ brands, and they do the same. When a panel needs to get replaced rather than repaired, we see some people doing something really unfortunate – they replace a leaking solar panel with a different brand. …

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Solar Pool Heaters on Flat Roofs

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Like many homes, yours may have a flat roof adjacent to your pool deck over a lanai or sitting area. This is a common architectural feature for Florida homes. It is often close to the pool equipment, you can’t see it, and it seems like it would be a suitable place to install a solar pool heater. However, we do …

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5 Reasons to Consider Solar Electricity

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In Florida we have relatively low electricity prices per unit, financing limitations compared to other states, and few incentives to encourage people to consider solar electricity for their homes and businesses. However, there are some very compelling reasons to look into solar electricity. Watch our quick video on the 5 Reasons to Consider Solar Electricity Utility rates will keep going …

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How to Read FPL Netmetering Bill with Solar Panels

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If you are an FPL customer with solar electric panels, you might be asking how do you read your FPL Netmetering bill? It’s extremely confusing, but once you understand some of the basics of how netmetering works, it all comes together – if you know where to look. Check out this fuzzy math from our friends at FPL: Clearly that …

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Inside Enphase Enlighten Solar Monitoring

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Enphase microinverters took the solar energy industry by storm when they introduced the M190 microinverter back in 2009. Since then we have sold thousands of microinverters for solar electric systems including newer M215 and M250 models,  and every one of them is individually monitored, providing module-level production and diagnostic data. The consumer oriented MyEnlighten portal provides system overview data in …

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Pool Valves With Solar Pool Heating Explained

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How Swimming Pool Valves Work With so many people moving to Florida and owning their first pool, it’s not surprising that a majority of pool owners are baffled by their swimming pool plumbing system. When we endeavor to add solar pool heating, the plumbing at the pool equipment pad becomes a bit more complex, but it’s not too hard to …

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Solar Electric Systems in Fort Myers, FL

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As pools get warm and solar pool heating season winds down, electricity use in the home increases from air conditioning and solar electric systems in Fort Myers, FL become a popular topic in the homes of our clients. Solar electricity offsets the utility electric usage in a home or business to which it is connected. The panels connect into the …

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Solar Pool Panels Sliding Off Roof

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Why solar pool heating panels slide off a roof is usually due to poor installation hardware or practices. Solar panels should be securely affixed to your roof surface for the lifetime of the system with hardware made to withstand the elements. Sometimes we find solar panels hanging off a roof or falling down when a homeowner reports something doesn’t look …

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Colored Solar Pool Heating Panels

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One solar pool heating panel manufacturer makes a big deal about their solar pool heating panels that come in three colors: black, gray, and terra cotta. The idea is that some consumers want to match their roof color, especially on terra cotta or multi-color tile roofs and gray shingle roofs. There is one big problem with these colored solar panels — …

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Cool Your Pool With A Solar Pool Heater

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Did you know you could cool your swimming pool with a solar pool heater? You can! It’s called nocturnal cooling, and this feature can be activated on many solar controllers and existing pool automation systems. In Southwest Florida, pools can get unpleasantly warm in the heart of summer, and people that swim for exercise or competitive purposes often prefer to …

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Solar Pool Pump

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If you are considering a solar powered pool pump, this article is for you. A solar pool pump is simply a pump with an electric motor that runs on DC power produced by solar panels to circulate water in your pool. It seems like a fantastic way to save money on what is often the second biggest energy hog in …

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Compare Variable Speed Pool Pumps

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Variable Speed Pumps Explained There is no question that variable speed pool pumps will save you money and cut down your pump noise, but how do you compare pumps when you have a solar pool heating system? Choosing a pump based on cost, horsepower, or brand alone will result in poor performance or savings at best, and disastrous results at worst. …

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Repair or Replace Solar Pool Heater

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Whether you have a Fafco, Heliocol, or Aquatherm brand solar pool heater, there will come a come when you need a repair, and eventually it will come time to replace the system. But how do you determine whether it is time to repair or replace it? Solar pool heaters from major brands, including the iSwim brand we offer, are warranted …

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Leaving Your Solar Pool Heater for Summer: What To Do

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It’s May, and that means our beloved snowbirds are heading north for the summer, leaving behind their solar pool heating systems at their Southwest Florida homes. Whether you stay here year-round or follow the flock to a milder climate, it is important to understand what to do when leaving your solar pool heater for the summer. While every system is …