How Much Energy Does The Average Californian Use?

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At Energy Concepts, we help reduce the carbon footprint and energy use of our customers. Solar panels can provide free electricity from the most bountiful energy source we have access to, the sun. However, even with a solar panel system, it’s essential to have an idea of how much electricity you are using in the…

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Different Types of Solar Panels, Explained

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Not all solar panels are the same. Just like a lot of things, inventors, engineers and scientists have created different solutions to the same problem. In the case of solar, the problem is how to extract energy from the sun! Here are the different types of solar panels and how they work! Polycrystalline One of…

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The Solar Industry: A Year in Review

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Renewable energy is finally starting to grow and make a difference in the nation’s energy supply. While there were many changes in the solar industry during 2019, the following are a few of the most noteworthy achievements. Hopefully, 2020 will be another great year for solar energy. California Sets Energy Records In June, California set…

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Going Green in 2020

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Going green is not only is a lifestyle better for the planet, but it can also save you some serious green. Here are a few impactful ways that you can lower your carbon footprint to slash your energy bill. Set the Water Heater to a Lower Temperature Some household appliances can quietly drain a lot…

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Resolve to Cut Energy Costs in 2020

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The joy of saving money on energy can provide rewards that increase your bank account and challenge you to develop a plan to do it. Most people like to win, and you can turn energy savings into a game where you beat your opponent every time. When you think about your energy company as a…

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How Does an Electric Car Impact My Electricity Bills?

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Every year, electric cars become more popular. Many people have switched or would like to upgrade to an electric car to reduce fuel costs and protect the environment. There are plenty of benefits to owning an electric vehicle, but one common concern is the cost of charging it. While you’ll save money on fuel, you…

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The Efficiency of Natural Gas and Solar Energy

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The debate of what energy source we should use to power our planet has been going on for years, and will likely continue for years to come. It’s because energy is crucial for the foundation of our society. For two decades, natural gas has been one of the primary energy sources running most of these…

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The Main Components of a Solar Power System

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A solar energy generating system relies on four main components: solar panels, inverter, batteries, and charge controller. While other parts and pieces may need to be added, those are the four main ones to know about. Let’s look at each of them. Solar panels Solar panels use the photovoltaic effect to convert the sun’s rays into electricity.…

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Alcatraz Island’s Journey to Solar Power

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Did you know that Alcatraz Island is home to one of the nation’s largest microgrids? The island is equipped with a 305-kilowatt solar array that sits on top of the main building to keep it hidden from view and preserve its integrity. One of the biggest reasons Alcatraz Island’s prison closed in 1963 was because…

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How Solar Energy is Stored

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Since the early 1970s, solar power has become more and more popular amongst homeowners and business owners alike, it has proven itself to be the most efficient known energy source, and the price of purchase and installation has gone down while the energy savings for people continue to rise. While solar energy’s popularity continues to increase…

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