We bet that you don’t think about how your home is powered very often, if ever. That’s ok – you aren’t alone. Many Australians don’t put much time or thought into how their lights and aircon stay running. Recent developments in renewable energy have…
Think installing solar panels onto your home is an upfront cost out of your reach?
American Vision® Solar is helping homeowners across the country see solar energy in a new light, and learn that taking advantage of solar power is affordable, and provides an incredible return on investment. Thanks to the company’s new Power Purchase Agreement, anyone who qualifies can start saving on monthly utility bills immediately, with little to no money down.
Homeowners now have the ‘power’ to choose to whom they pay their monthly electric bill, and how much they pay each month. It’s what American Vision is calling ‘Solar as service’, and it’s through the company’s new Power Purchase Agreement where qualifying customers get the benefits of solar with virtually no investment and avoid the expense of purchasing a system outright. Customers can finance solar panel installation by simply paying a monthly payment – a monthly cost that is guaranteed to be LESS than a Southern California Edison bill without solar. Over a year period, this monthly savings can equate to more than $1,100 back in your pocket (on average).
In fact, over a period of 20 years, the solar panels boast a 469% rate of return on investment!
Source: Touch and Foam
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Whether it’s keeping out the winter drafts or guarding against summer heat, most homeowners know the challenge of maintaining a comfortable living environment while watching their budget. Air leaks from drafty windows, gaps and cracks around the house can cause even a well-insulated home’s energy bills to soar. However, air sealing a home with Touch ‘n Foam (http://www.touch-n-foam.com) DIY insulating foam sealants is an easy and inexpensive way for homeowners to improve energy efficiency and home comfort year-round.
The bulk of energy loss in a home comes from dozens of small holes, cracks and gaps inside and outside that allow air leakage. “Sealing air leaks with insulating spray foam sealants is one of the most practical and economical ways to block heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer,” says Kevin Corcoran, marketing manager at Touch ‘n Foam.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In support of President Obama’s goal of generating 80% of the country’s electricity from clean energy sources by 2035, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the availability of up to $70 million in new funding over three years for technology advancements in geothermal energy to accelerate development of this promising clean energy resource. Innovations in exploration technologies to locate geothermal energy resources and improvements in resource characterization, drilling, and reservoir engineering techniques will enable clean energy from geothermal sources to be a key contributor to the nation’s renewable energy supply. By targeting funding to research and develop these innovative technologies, the Department aims to reduce the upfront cost of geothermal energy systems, expand their use, and enable the United States to tap the huge potential of this renewable energy resource.
“By investing in geothermal technologies, we are also investing in our nation’s energy future and creating opportunities for energy innovation in the United States,” said Secretary Chu. “The United States remains a global leader in geothermal energy development, and we can leverage our experience to develop more energy here at home while increasing our competitiveness in the global clean energy economy.”
SAN MATEO, Calif., June 1, 2011—SolarCity®, a national leader in solar power system design, financing, installation, monitoring and energy efficiency services, today announced the creation of a new fund to finance an additional $158 million in commercial and residential solar projects in 2011 in partnership with a subsidiary of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB). The $158 million fund increases SolarCity’s total solar project financing funds to more than $1 billion, and the company now has more than 14,000 solar customers.
“U.S. Bancorp continues to be a proven leader in solar project financing,” said Benjamin Cook, SolarCity’s vice president of project finance. “SolarCity has already created more than $1 billion in solar financing capacity through fourteen funds with six partners, and we are just getting started.”
SolarCity will use the new fund to finance its SolarLease® and power purchase agreement (SolarPPA™) offerings. SolarCity’s affordable financing options make it possible for customers to save money by installing solar, because homeowners and businesses can pay less for solar than they currently pay for electricity from their power company.