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Solar: Beyond the Roof

August 1, 2017

Solar: Beyond the Roof

Let’s talk about a few basic choices we can make that lessen the impact we have on our earth.

With our year-round Arizona sunshine, perhaps you’re interested in options to harness the power of solar and what it can mean for your home. Here are just a few examples of some solar products:


WATER HEATERS: Solar water heaters may reduce water heating bills. There are two different types of active solar water heating systems to consider:

Direct circulation systems and indirect circulation systems. The former works well in climates like ours that don’t freeze often and the latter in areas more prone to freezing temperatures.

THERMAL STORAGE TUBES: They absorb the sun’s heat during the day and slowly release it at night. Thermal storage tubes are a solar solution for greenhouses, sunrooms, and more.

OUTDOOR LIGHTING: Outdoor lighting for gardens and pathways, if powered by solar energy, is easy to install and requires no wiring.

CHARGERS: Solar powered chargers for cell phones and other devices are inexpensive and will keep your devices fully powered while saving you money.

ATTIC FAN: These are inexpensive, easy to install, and require no wiring. Powered by its own solar panel, it comes on exactly when needed (when the sun is shining) and removes built-up heat and moisture from an attic.

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