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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Energy Efficient Living

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Energy Efficient Living

By: Austin Brentley   |  1/9/15

New Year’s resolutions are usually a disappointment:

  • You sign up for a gym membership but still put on weight.
  • Credit card debt doesn’t go away as planned.
  • New side projects never get started.

So making a commitment to reduce your electricity bill by 50% or more may sound unrealistic. Why bother making another promise to yourself that will go unfulfilled?

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Celebrating a “Triple Win”

Celebrating a “Triple Win”

By: Jen Darrah   |  12/29/14

As Astrum Solar prepares to say goodbye to 2014, we cannot help but think of our accomplishments throughout the year. As energy costs continue to rise throughout the country, everyone at Astrum Solar is proud that we are helping our customers reduce their electricity costs AND their carbon footprint. It’s a win-win: more money in our customers’ pockets AND a cleaner, healthier environment for everyone to enjoy.

Now we have a “triple-win” story for you.

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Will My Solar Panels Protect Me from Blackouts?

Will My Solar Panels Protect Me from Blackouts?

By: Austin Brentley   |  12/22/14

Your solar photovoltaic (PV) panels capture and convert sunshine into clean electricity to power your appliances.

If you’re enrolled in either the net metering or feed-in tariff programs, any excess solar electricity gets fed into the power grid. At night, you simply buy back the energy you require, thus, removing the need to purchase on-site battery storage.

But what happens when the power grid fails during the day? If the sun is shining, are your panels still able to generate electricity?

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Energy Conscious Gift Guide

Energy Conscious Gift Guide

By: Austin Brentley   |  12/15/14

In the 1950s, the average American home had 1 or 2 electrical outlets per room. This was more than enough to accommodate the limited range of appliances that most homeowners had.

Nowadays, standard homes come with 2 to 3 outlets per wall (per room). Total energy consumption has soared over the past several decades as we continue to buy more TVs, smart phones, waffle makers, and everything in between. With skyrocketing utility rates, these “modern” conveniences have made life a lot more expensive.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

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What Maintenance Is Needed for My Solar PV System?

What Maintenance Is Needed for My Solar PV System?

By: Austin Brentley   |  12/8/14

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are incredibly resilient. With no moving parts, there is very little wear and tear. And thanks to impact-resistant casing, many of today’s panels can withstand falling tree limbs and other debris without breaking.

This explains why most solar manufacturers attach 25-year warranties to their panels. But a well-maintained PV installation can last many years longer, even with minimal upkeep and maintenance. In fact, some of the earliest solar technologies are still generating clean electricity more than 60 years after becoming operational.

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