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Video: Energy-Efficient HVAC Innovations

Posted on April 02, 2018 by James Florence

CONCORD — Host, Sarah Rutan: Before purchasing a new heating and cooling system, make sure you’re getting the latest and greatest industry technology. Today we’re in Concord with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Bryan Arlaud of Certified Heating and Air Conditioning to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Bryan Arlaud: One of the big things that is changing in the industry today is that many people are used to a gas-fired furnace that uses not only electricity, but also fuel to heat the home. You get those in two different versions. You can get it at 80% efficient or 90 and above percent efficient.

The big change is coming in where we are starting to heat and cool homes with electricity, Read more

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Avoiding Pitfalls with Your Solar Contract

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN JOSE — Similar to buying a house, installing a solar energy system is a long-term investment that’s designed to pay off over multiple decades. However, unlike in real estate, when you sign a contract with a solar company, you don’t have an agent to represent you and help you avoid potential pitfalls. This can leave you susceptible to being taken advantage of, especially if you don’t understand the finer points of your contract.

For example, a lot of solar companies today are offering “Power Purchase Agreements.” With a PPA, the homeowner leases the system from the solar company for a monthly fee, which allows them to reap the benefits of solar energy without having to pay for the equipment and installation costs. Read more

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Video: Caution about Power Purchase Agreements

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN JOSE — Host, Sarah Rutan: Before signing a power purchase agreement with a solar leasing company, make sure you understand the implications of the fine print. Today we’re in San Jose with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jason Lee of Solar System, Inc. to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jason Lee: There are many different solar companies, but most of them will offer you at least a so-called “PPA.” Right? The contract is very lengthy. And in the contract, if you sign a contract, there is a 240 payment that you need to make through the leasing company. My advice, before you sign anything in America, is contract. Read more

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Video: Considerations for Solar Installation

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN FRANCISCO — Host, Sarah Rutan: When planning to purchase a solar energy system, it’s important to look beyond the panels and consider some lesser-known technical aspects. Today we’re in San Francisco with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Karissa Gallo of SolarUnion to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Karissa Gallo: So, here’s a little expert tip for you guys. When going solar, our philosophy is that it’s best for you to go for a full electric offset for 25 years and to get enough panels to provide all the power you need for the life of the equipment. And what separates and kind of gives you that extra production you need, Read more

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Optimizing Your Solar Energy System

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SAN FRANCISCO — When switching to solar energy, the goal is to achieve a full electric offset for 25 years—that is, 25 years with no electricity bills. However, in order to attain this level of energy production, you’ll need a system that utilizes the best technology available. So, before purchasing a system, it’s important to know what kind of technology it’s equipped with.

One example of this is inverters, which convert the energy generated by solar panels into usable power for the home. Many solar energy systems rely on string inverters, which are the least expensive option. However, the disadvantage of string inverters is they function like a string of Christmas lights: if one panel stops producing energy, Read more

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Video: Strategic Solar Panel Placement

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CANOGA PARK — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to installing solar panels on a roof, strategic placement can provide some added functional advantages. Today we’re in Canoga Park with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Tom Amitay of NRG Clean Power to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Tom Amitay: So, a lot of people are not aware, but the solar panels are actually not going directly on the roof. Usually, there is about five to six-inch cap from the panels and to the roof. And usually the panels will go on the hottest spot on the roof. So, especially on a hot area houses that are second-story. By doing that, Read more

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A Little-Known Fact about Solar Panels

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

CANOGA PARK — While most people have a rough idea of how solar power works, there are still a few little-known facts about solar panels and how they function. For example, when solar panels are installed, they’re not in direct contact with the roof; rather, there’s typically a 5- to 6-inch gap between the panels and the roof. This is no coincidence—it serves a functional purpose.

To maximize sun absorption, solar panels are usually installed on the hottest area of the roof. This offers the added benefit of blocking sunlight from directly hitting the roof, which reduces heat transfer into the home’s interior. Furthermore, the gap between the panels and the roof creates a cool airflow space, Read more

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