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What is Net Metering?

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Net metering is a two-way billing arrangement between utility companies and customers designed to account for the two-way flow of electricity between the power grid owned by utility companies, and customer-owned power generators such as rooftop solar panels. Typically established through state legislation, net metering ensures that utility customers who generate their own electricity can distribute any surplus power they produce back into the grid and get credit for it added to their utility account. Net metering customers then apply their accrued energy credits to pay for energy that they withdraw from the grid to power their homes during times when their solar array is inactive.

 

Cleaning solar panels: Is it even necessary?

Cleaning Solar Panels: is it event worth it? CAUTION: READ MANUFACTURER INSTALLATION, SAFETY, AND MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE CLEANING OR MAINTAINING YOUR SOLAR PANELS. PARTICIPATING IN SUCH ACTIVITIES INVOLVES THE EVER-PRESENT RISK OF PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE, AND LOSS. THE USE OF HARSH, INDUSTRIAL-STRENGTH CLEANING MATERIAL OR SHARP INSTRUMENTS TO CLEAN OR MAINTAIN YOUR SOLAR PANELS MAY VOID PRODUCT GUARANTEES OR WARRANTIES.

Do solar panels need regular cleaning to maintain top efficiency or does the occasional rainstorm get the job done?

The truth is, it depends. In some cases, rain or snow may clean most of the dust buildup, but in certain conditions, it could do more harm than good. In both dry climates and more humid ones, environmental factors, different types of dust, and location and installation factors will all influence:

Ecobee vs Nest: A side-by-side comparison of two leading smart thermostats

 

Ecobee Vs. Nest  

Millions of homeowners are already using a smart thermostat to help manage their home energy use. With early adopters validating manufacturer’s claims that they really do reduce energy bills, the popularity of smart thermostats is snowballing. If all the buzz around smart thermostats has piqued your interest enough to search online, maybe to compare features, benefits, and prices between top brands, no doubt you’ve come across two of the leading candidates: Nest and Ecobee. They’re two frontrunners in the market for a reason, and we’re going to cover those reasons in a side-by-side comparison. But first, let’s answer the two main questions about smart thermostats that people always ask.