How Fresh is Your Energy?

Clean, fresh solar energy is best for heating water.

There are many ways to heat water but in the end, it really boils down to how we make use of the sun’s energy. Consider these two scenarios: Scenario One: Ancient Energy The process starts hundreds of millions of years ago. The sun shines down on our planet providing energy for plants and animals to flourish. The life process pulls carbon out of the air and over many millions of years, some of ... Read More

Solar Water Heating Update

Solar water heating production.

Last October we installed a solar water heating system on our home. It has been about ten months and I thought this would be a good time for a promised update. Overall, we are very pleased with the results so far. Solar Water Heating System Our system was manufactured by Heliodyne in Richmond, California. I like that it is made in the U.S. and is relatively local. It consists of one 4’ x 10’ ... Read More

Solar Hot Water – Be the Change!

Solar Water Drops

We live in interesting times. Never before have we witnessed so much change in so little time. Whether we resist or embrace change, it is still inevitable, but if we actively embrace the changes we like we can often minimize the change we’d prefer to avoid. For example, almost everyone in this country uses some sort of fossil or other non-renewable fuel to heat water. We all like the ... Read More

New Solar Thermal Incentives

Liberty Center solar panels at dusk.

Timing is everything, as the saying goes, and that certainly applies to act of purchasing a renewable energy system. There seems to be a constantly changing landscape of costs, rebates, incentives and supply that influence the final price of these systems. It would be great if we could gaze into a crystal ball to determine the precise moment of maximum benefit. The next best thing is to stay ... Read More

Solar Hot Water Incentives

My last column focused on our man-made solar eclipse, some of the damage that results from drilling for fossil fuels and ways we can reduce our need for natural gas by using the sun to heat water and even our homes. A new solar hot water rebate program is in the works for Nevadans, similar to the rebates already in place for photovoltaic (PV) systems. The program details are not finalized but it ... Read More