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A Short Guide to Solar Power Incentives in California

What Solar Power Rebates Are There in CA?

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Solar power incentives, especially in the state of California, are plentiful in number and replete with financial benefits. Solar power options are becoming more and more widely available for homeowners, along with a multitude of fiscal incentives and offerings. And further, many kinds of credits are also available through both local and federal authorities.

In this post, we take a look at a few of the major rebates and incentives programs for making the switch to solar in California. With the state leading the country in solar adoption, it’s no wonder they’ve also got the best financial incentives to offer their citizens.

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What Happens to Our Cell Phones When They Die or Get Thrown Away?

What Happens to Cell Phones When They Die

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If you’re anything like most Americans, you probably have a drawer somewhere in your house that serves as something of a cell phone graveyard. Your old flip phones, and first, second, third, and fourth generation smart phones, rattle around in there every time you open the drawer by mistake, their batteries long-since dead.

They’re waiting to get thrown away or recycled the next time you move. You may want to read on and find out the difference between what happens to a cell phone that gets recycled, and one that just ends up in the landfill. Spoiler alert: recycling is ALWAYS the way to go. Continue reading

Solar Shingles Rise in Popularity and Get Cheaper, Too

Are Solar Shingles Right for Your Home?

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Solar shingles are the one of the newest solar power technologies on the market. In professional solar circles and among solar installers, they are typically called photovoltaic shingles. They are comparable to complete solar power systems in that both convert solar power to electricity that can be used in the home. Further, they can be installed right on the shingles of one’s roof by stapling them directly to the roofing cloth.

The folks at Total Roofing & Reconstruction hypothesize that solar shingles have risen in popularity because they tend to be more “aesthetically pleasing” than solar panels installed on one’s roof. They are a bit more expensive than solar panels, and they do take longer to install. In terms of their aesthetics, solar shingles are typically dark blue/purple and add a sheen to your house tiles.

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10 Easy Ways You Can Live a More Eco-Friendly Life

Going Green May Be Worth Its Weight in Gold

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Living an environmentally friendly life can seem like a daunting task, especially when faced with the potentially extreme option to live a no-waste life—where your entire trash output for a year can fit into a single mason jar. But those changes aren’t always easy and can require extreme diligence and planning.

Instead, there are numerous easy ways to go green that you can adopt in your day-to-day life. Here are 10 easy ways to befriend the environment, without making the act of going green a full time job. Continue reading

Top 10 Ways to Go Green in the Workplace

How Businesses Can Go Green

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Greener homes are in the spotlight these days, but what about the other places where many of us spend huge chunks of our time–our offices? Some simple changes of habit can save energy and resources at work, and these small steps can be multiplied by persuading the powers-that-be at your workplace to adopt environmentally friendly (and often cost-effective) policies.

1. Be Bright About Light

Artificial lighting accounts for 44 percent of the electricity use in office buildings.
Make it a habit to turn off the lights when you’re leaving any room for 15 minutes or more and utilize natural light when you can.

Make it a policy to buy Energy Star-rated lightbulbs and fixtures, which use at least two-thirds less energy than regular lighting, and install timers or motion sensors that automatically shut off lights when they’re not needed. Continue reading