Are Solar Panels Effective in Cold Weather?

Posted on October 22, 2012
With winter approaching, you may be inclined to put off installing solar panels for your home or business because you think the snow and cold will affect your solar panel system. The average temperature in a climate region does not have an effect on solar panels. In fact, solar panels are actually slightly more efficient at producing electricity in cold temperatures.  So even if you live in a colder climate that is further north, you still get enough sunlight that solar panels will work.... Read more

Use Portable Space Heaters Safely

Posted on October 15, 2012
As temperatures drop, many families may use portable electric space heaters to help warm their homes. The Electrical Safety Foundation International warns that space heaters could cause fires and injuries if not used properly. In fact, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires every year are associated with the use of space heaters, causing more than 300 deaths. An estimated 6,000 persons receive hospital emergency room care for burn injuries... Read more

Green Energy on the Rise in U.S.

Posted on October 8, 2012
Contrary to reports in the media, data from the Energy Information Agency supports the fact that the percentage of our electricity in the U.S. coming from green sources has doubled in just four years to nearly six percent. The green sources include non-hydroelectric renewables such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. The renewable energy industry is growing fast. While solar cell manufacturers may have taken a hit due to stiff competition from China, they account for only three percent of... Read more