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What Is The Cheapest Way To Heat My Pool?

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If you are looking for the cheapest way to heat your Florida pool, you have come to the right place. It’s a bit of a loaded question, but we will walk you through the options and relative costs of each major pool heating method. For our analysis, we are going to assume similar quality levels for all technologies. For example, …

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7 Things to Consider Before Using A Solar Cooperative

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Purchasing a solar energy system can be a major decision with daunting research required before making a purchase. Solar cooperatives provide an opportunity for neighbors to become united in making purchase decisions. Learning how to best harness the sun takes time. Solar cooperatives can help put people at ease. However, solar cooperatives are not always the best option, and can …

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Electric Cars Run on Natural Gas

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I hate to break it to you, but your electric car runs on natural gas – with a little nuclear power mixed in. The dealer didn’t tell you that, did they? We’re being a little facetious here, but it is generally true. When you plug your car in and use utility electricity to charge it, fuel is burned to generate …

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Conflating Solar Power and Battery Backup

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One of the greatest challenges we face as solar professionals is explaining to people how solar power and battery backup have little to do with one another. How did these concepts come to be intertwined, and why is it so challenging to overcome? When the power goes out, people think that solar panels will keep your house running. Especially here …

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Should I Buy Solar Panels From My Builder?

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We are seeing more and more home builders offer solar electric panels. For many years home builders have offered upgrades like swimming pools, outdoor living spaces, and improved finishes. And for many years pool builders have offered solar pool heating panels. Recently savvy builders have added solar electric panels to their offerings to meet demands from progressive home buyers. In …

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Pentair Intelliconnect With Solar Pool Heaters

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The Pentair Intelliconnect pool automation system was introduced in 2018. We are starting to see it in the wild here in Southwest Florida. This product is intended to fill a small niche market for pool only scenarios (no spa). It’s for pool owners need only control a couple of features and want online control via an app. It covers only …

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Header Brackets – Another Myth Busted

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We have published many posts on the myths, inaccuracies, and outright lies that some competitors talk about during sales presentations. When we bust the myth, they tend to move on to another scare tactic. Here one you might hear that has been used extensively recently: “They use a plastic header clamps and ours is metal.” So? Yeah. And? I guess …

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Free Solar Panels for Your Home Advertised

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Our phones have been ringing off the hook due to advertisements for free solar panels (not ours). These ads say you can get solar panels installed at no cost for your home. They are billed as special programs to get more people to install solar energy. The claims are amazing! There is only one problem: It’s totally fake news! The shady …

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Continuously Improving Solar Pool Heaters

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Most of the solar pool heating clients we visit immediately realize that we have a better product. But we are never satisfied just because we have the best solar pool heating system on the market, installed using the best methods and components. To be absolutely clear, while the panels themselves are important, the entire system is equally important. This includes …

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Pool Heat Pumps Use Lots of Electricity

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Despite the claims of heat pump sellers that say all kinds of crazy things, heat pump are not cheap to operate. Our favorite is that heat pumps “cost about a dollar a day to operate.” Let’s be clear: it’s not true. At a minimum, it’s very misleading. You see, there are all kinds of caveats to these claims about when …

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Why You Need A Local Solar Contractor

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I recently received a request from a friend of a friend to provide advice about installing solar panels at her new home in Denmark. I am a people-pleaser – always one to help. But solar contracting is so specific to the country, state, and even city in which you live. I was able to provide some general help, but ultimately …

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PV Shopping Quick Tip: Ask The Right Question!

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When shopping for solar electric panels (photovoltaic or PV), most clients first ask what brand of panel we offer. While it’s a legitimate question, it’s not the most important question they should be asking. Solar panels have become extremely reliable and purchasing from an established source should yield good results. Solar panels are solid state devices with no moving parts …

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Florida Solar Co-op Information

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Solar cooperatives, or co-ops, are organizations set up to empower neighbors to get the best prices and products when buying solar panels for homes and businesses. The concept is that pooled interest will result in lower prices, peace-of-mind in selecting a contractor, and pre-screened products. There are advantages to solar co-ops in Florida, but there are also serious potential drawbacks …

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Enphase Microinverter Advantage: Fire Safety

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Among the many advantages of microinverters, fire safety is a real selling point. And I recently had the opportunity to see first hand how a traditional, non-microinverter based solar energy system can result in a fire. High voltage DC wires found in traditional string inverter systems have the potential for high-intensity arc faults. Operating at voltages of up to 600 …

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The Battery Backup Frenzy

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The frenzy of interest in batteries for home solar energy systems continues. Amid constant news about large-scale utility battery projects and small-scale home battery innovation, everyone seems to want battery backup. It doesn’t hurt that we just had a hurricane barrel up the Florida peninsula. There are just a few problems. Consumers are woefully misinformed about what batteries do. They …

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Putting The 30% Solar Panel Tariff Into Perspective

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The sky is not falling. Sunlight is still shining. President Trump signed an order introducing a 30% tariff on imported solar panels. While it’s a boneheaded move in our opinion, and detrimental to the industry, what does it really mean for you as a consumer? The answer is… probably not much. Editorial Note: This article applies only to solar electricity …