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Jamie Duran is president of Solar Harmonics Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 335-6905 or by email.

Energy Saving Tips for Your Swimming Pool

Posted on May 16, 2019 by James Florence

BRENTWOOD — Everyone loves swimming pools, but no one loves the expenses required to maintain them. Between filtration and heating, a swimming pool consumes a lot of energy, which is anything but cheap, especially in California. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways you can cut the cost of powering your pool.

One way is to upgrade your single-speed pool pump with a variable-speed model. Whereas single-speed pumps only have two settings (on and off), variable-speed pumps have the ability to run at higher or lower speeds depending on what’s needed. This feature makes variable-speed pumps about 90 percent more efficient than single-speed pumps, which translates to a substantial energy savings.

Another step you can take is to replace your current pool heating system with an electric heat pump. Read more

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The Benefits of Solar for Commercial Properties

Posted on May 16, 2019 by James Florence

BRENTWOOD — Nowadays, you hear a lot about how solar power can benefit homeowners, but what about the benefits it can bring to commercial property owners? The fact is, commercial property owners stand to gain as much as homeowners from solar power, and in many cases even more.

The main benefit solar offers to commercial property owners is the same one it offers to homeowners: a substantial reduction in energy costs. Most commercial properties use a significant amount of electricity, and the more they use, the more they stand to benefit from solar. Take farmers, for example, who pay some of the highest energy rates. As high-risk business investors, farmers are essentially betting their entire net worth on the performance of their crops each season. Read more

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Video: Solar Benefits for Commercial Properties

Posted on May 16, 2019 by James Florence

BRENTWOOD — Host, Sarah Rutan: Everyone knows solar can save homeowners money, but did you know this also applies to business owners? Today we’re in Brentwood with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jamie Duran of Solar Harmonics to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jamie Duran: So, today’s solar tip is on commercial properties and solar power. Well, solar on a commercial property is a no brainer because solar will reduce the electricity expense, and when the electricity expense is reduced, that’s just extra money that flows right to the bottom line which increases the cash flow. Now cash flow divided by the market cap rate, which is a lot of real estate talk, Read more

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Video: Preparing to Switch to Solar

Posted on May 16, 2019 by James Florence

BRENTWOOD — Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning to install a solar energy system, there are a few steps you should take to be prepared. Today we’re in Brentwood with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jamie Duran of Solar Harmonics to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jamie Duran: So, let’s talk about getting ready for a solar project. The first thing that we recommend clients to do is actually get their own financing. There’s so many different options that solar companies will present. Some of them – most of them are way too good to be true, so do some research on what is the best financing for you whether it’s secured, Read more

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Video: How to Cut Costs With Running Your Pool

Posted on May 16, 2019 by James Florence

BRENTWOOD — Host, Sarah Rutan: If the cost of running your swimming pool is putting a damper on your budget, you’ll want to know about a couple of energy-saving measures. Today we’re in Brentwood with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jamie Duran of Solar Harmonics to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jamie Duran: So, everyone loves swimming pools. I love my pool. What I don’t love is that it is expensive, expensive to maintain, and especially expensive for the power that it uses for the pool pump and the pool heater. So, one of the first things we recommend is a replacement of the single-speed pool pump with a variable-speed pool pump. Read more

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Video: Planning Ahead With Solar

Posted on February 01, 2019 by James Florence

PLEASANT HILL — Host, Sarah Rutan: When designing a solar power system for your home, it’s wise to consider both your current and future energy needs. Today we’re in Pleasant Hill with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jeremy Carlock of Got Watts Electric & Solar to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jeremy Carlock: Prior to going solar, there are a few things you should consider. One is, do you plan on adding an electric vehicle to your home? If so, that can significantly affect the amount of solar that you need. Do you plan on adding a pool or a spa? These items can affect valuable roof space, and if you have solar already installed, Read more

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Planning for Future Energy Needs With Solar

Posted on January 31, 2019 by James Florence

PLEASANT HILL — If you’re planning to add a solar power system to your home, be sure to consider any potential future energy needs you may have. Solar power systems are often designed to supply just enough energy to meet the household’s current needs. The problem is, many homeowners neglect to consider how their energy needs might change five, 10 or 20 years down the road. If additional power is needed in the future, issues can arise if the system isn’t set up for it.

Here are a few things to consider when determining your potential future energy needs:

  • Do you plan on purchasing an electric vehicle? If so, you’ll need to install an electric vehicle charging station in your garage,
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