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    Estimating Your Solar Energy Savings

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Solar energy is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while saving money. Solar electricity can be used to power your water heater, pool heating system, attic fan, and outdoor lighting system. If you want to reduce your energy bills and help keep energy dollars in the United States, contact Solar Lights & More of Florida. On our website, you can find out exactly how much you can expect to save on your energy bill by using solar water heating, solar pool heating, and solar electric (PV) systems. For example, you can expect to save about $540 a year if you switch to a solar water heater, which amounts to $6,480 over the life of the solar water heating unit. In addition, you can expect to collect a 30 percent federal tax credit for installing solar devices.

    To find out exactly how much you could save by using solar energy, visit Solar Lights & More online. We have sold and installed more solar products since 1996 than any other company in North Central Florida. Call us at (352) 553-4458 for more information about the solar electric products we sell and install in Florida.

    How SunPower's Energy Services Are Expanding

    Last updated 2 months ago

    SunPower is one of the leading suppliers of solar technology in the United States. With SunPower’s recent acquisition of Greenbotics, SunPower is able to offer robotic solar-panel cleaning services that are more efficient than ever before. Using 90 percent less water than traditional cleaning methods, the SunPower robotic solar panel cleaning services will automatically clean solar panels, greatly increasing the efficiency of solar technology in areas that are affected by dust and dirt. Watch the video to see the robotic cleaning service in action.

    Solar Lights & More of Florida is proud to be an authorized SunPower dealer. For more information about the solar energy products we offer, visit our website or call us today at (352) 553-4458.

    Adding a Solar Water Heater to Your Home

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Installing a solar water heater will offer you significant savings on your energy bill, while also reducing your carbon footprint. Luckily, Solar Lights & More has years of experience installing solar water heaters of many sizes on a variety of different homes. Read on to learn more about adding a solar water heater to your home.

    Active or Passive

    There are two primary types of solar water heaters: direct and indirect. Your local solar products supplier can help you decide which system is best for you. Generally speaking, however, direct solar water heating systems are less efficient, while indirect water heating systems are more reliable and long lasting.

    Installation

    Installing a solar water heater typically does not involve remodeling. In fact, a solar water heater can be added seamlessly to an existing system, provided the installer has plenty of experience installing solar water heaters. It’s especially important that your installer is a state certified solar contractor, as a system installed by a non-qualified contractor will not qualify for federal and state rebates. If you don’t need to make any structural adjustments to your home, installing a solar water heater doesn’t take more than a day.

    Savings

    While the initial investment in a solar water heating system is more expensive up-front than what you would pay for a conventional system, you can expect to see solar savings immediately. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy found that monthly energy bills drop by between 50 and 80 percent after the installation of a solar water heater. Consider too that you are eligible for a 30 percent federal government tax rebate when you install a qualifying solar energy system in your home.

    For more information that will help you choose a solar water heater that’s best for you, contact Solar Lights & More. Since 1996, we have sold and installed more solar products than any other company in North Central Florida. Call us at (352) 553-4458 to speak to one of our solar experts about solar water heating, and visit our website to browse all of the solar products we offer.

    Factors to Consider When Switching to Solar Home Energy

    Last updated 2 months ago

    When you feel the heat of summer in Florida, it’s hard not to think about the immense power of the sun. Many homeowners capture the sun’s rays using solar panels, effectively saving money by reducing their energy bills. If you have been thinking about switching to solar home energy, read this article for a list of factors you should consider beforehand.

    Weather Conditions

    Solar home energy is ideal in sunny places, such as Florida, where your solar panels can receive at least five hours of direct sunlight every day. Fog, rain, and exceptionally cloudy days will reduce the efficiency of a solar home energy system. The sunnier your area is, the faster you will pay back the cost of switching to solar and the more money you will save in the long run.

    Electric Bills

    If your electric bills are high, perhaps from high usage or the high cost of electricity in your area, you are an excellent candidate for solar home energy. A typical solar home energy system reduces energy bills by 25 to 50 percent, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Fortunately, solar panels have a life of about 20 to 30 years, so most people will be able to recoup their investment and then some.

    Federal Tax Credit

    Systems installed before the end of 2016 are eligible for a federal tax credit that covers 30 percent of the purchase and installation cost. The tax break can be applied to a solar energy system installed at a primary residence or second home.

    Roof Condition

    Solar panels should only be installed on a roof that is structurally sound and free of nearby trees blocking direct sunlight. If your roof is not suitable for solar you may want to install your solar energy system on a rack in the yard, which is also tax deductible.

    Solar Lights & More has installed more solar products since 1996 than any other company in North Central Florida. If you have any questions about switching to a solar home energy, call us today at (352) 553-4458. Visit our website to learn about the solar pool heating, solar hot water, and solar electric products we sell and install.

    A Brief History of Solar Power

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    In 1876, William Grylis Adams and a student of his, named Richard Day, found that they could produce electricity by exposing selenium to the sun’s rays. Electricity experts at the time stated that this discovery was of far-reaching scientific importance. More than 75 years later, in 1953, Calvin Fuller, Gerald Pearson, and Daryl Chapin invented the silicon solar cell. Unlike the selenium cells of the 19th century, the silicon solar cell was efficient enough to power small electronic devices. Solar cells became available for commercial use in 1956, but were far too expensive to meet the needs of most businesses. A number of significant advancements in solar energy in the last 50 years, however, have made the technology more affordable today than ever before.

    Solar energy is used in a wide variety of applications in Florida—from solar pool heating to solar hot water. At Solar Lights & More, we have installed more solar products since 1996 than any other company in the area. Call us at (352) 553-4458 or visit our website to learn more about our solar electric products or to speak with one of our solar electric experts.

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