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People are rushing to complete their solar / wind projects!

The sun is setting on the US federal tax credit on December 31, 2008, considering we’re in July already, we only have 5 months in the USA to take advantage of the federal tax credit. Corporations receive a 30% tax credit while the residential market is capped at $2,000. Many people and large projects are rushing to complete their projects right now because in order to qualify for the tax credit the solar or wind power systems must be in operation by the end of the year. So what does the expiration of the federal tax credit mean for the industry and you? Many companies in the industry are preparing to change strategy next year, more companies are looking to diversify into international markets and scale down their labor force. That means people in the US solar industry will get laid off next year if the credit does not pass. For you, it means if you install a solar or wind power system by the end of this year you are going to qualify for a discount on your system. So you better hurry, stop waiting, get your system while the discount still applies, especially if your on the fence in the decision making process about producing your own green...

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Buy a quality clean energy system, not a cheap one.

Some consumers are always shopping for the cheapest solar panels or wind powers systems, but its not always the best idea to look for the cheapest deal because when you invest in a renewable energy power generation system you are counting on the system to provide you with electricity for a long time so you want a system that is reliable compared to cheaper. There are many new entrants in the clean energy system space and often these companies produce shoddy products that can cost you more in the long run. Always ask about the warranty and how long the manufacturer of the product has been in business to make sure you’re buying a product with some backing in case something goes wrong. Shop for the best value, because the lowest priced products are not going to save you in the long run. Higher quality and slightly higher priced products often come from reputable manufacturers that have a track record of backing their warranties and lead to less maintenance costs over the life of the system, in the end it boils down to, “you get what you pay...

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Two most important factors that determine your clean energy system payback

Every consumers that call in to inquire about a solar panel or wind power system ask, “when will the system break even?” Obviously this is a very important question in the decision making process for a clean energy system, but often the consumers are not prepared to calculate their return on investment because most consumers don’t understand their costs. Your electric bill is the first place to start, most people just pay their electric bill every month without really understanding their rate or how they are being charged, since customers previously did not have a choice in producing their own energy, most people just pay the dollar amount on the bill without thinking about it. When you decide to install a grid tied solar panel or wind power system a more in-depth analysis needs to be conducted to figure out the break even point of a proposed system. The two most important factors to determine the return on investment are the following: how many kilowatt hours (kWh) are you using per month? what is your daily usage? what is your electric company charging you per kilowatt hour (kWh)? Every customer is different in terms of how much they use and the electric rate they are paying the utility company. So the moral of this story, before you even dream about what type of solar panels your going to buy or think how awesome it would be to have a wind turbine on your farm, get real and start by understanding your electric bill before you make the call to inquire about a clean energy...

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AlternativeEnergy.com – Speak to an Energy Expert.

As solar power professionals we receive endless questions about how to use renewable energy for home and business, people are thirsty to learn although there is a drought of quality information. Doug Schiller, Founder & CEO of AlternativeEnergy.com saw the the critical problem in the industry and decided to bridge the gap between renewable energy experts and the common consumers. The website features 20 hours a week of expert programing through live chats and internet radio shows. The content not only fresh but its live, people from all over the world are participating and website continues to host some of the brightest minds in the industry! Renewable Energy Experts can also host their own show to help consumers tackle questions about going green. Energy Experts range from sectors such as bio fuels, wind power, solar energy, sustainable design, solar panel installers and much more. There is also a social network aspect to the website which helps everyone interested in renewable energy to connect and socialize, I’ve met some great people through the website! The best of all its a free resource to consumers…I participate in the solar chat every Friday from 4pm – 5pm EST (1pm-2pm PST), please join us for an interesting chat about solar panels and wind power. Check out the schedule below, chat with us, add me as a friend, looking forward to interacting with...

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Home Energy Expenese are Increasing Fast!

According to the July 2008 issue of Money Magazine, Home Energy takes up 4% of the average American’s household budget. Not only have the price of gas went up, the price of Home Energy has gone up 9% compared to a year ago. As the global demand for energy increases do to developing countries hungry for energy the prices will continue to skyrocket, eating up more of the household budget each year. There are many ways to get take control of your home energy expenses. The significant expenses on our energy costs rack up simply because we are inefficient. Energy has been cheap and abundant, therefore most people have not thought about efficency till now. Conducting a self energy audit is a great way to start learning about your usage, energystar.gov has a great web application to help you conduct a do-it-yourself energy audit. Becoming more efficient in the way we use energy is the first step in becomming energy independent. You can do the following to help reduce your usage: 1. Replace old light bulbs with LED Bulbs 2. Find and kill vampire loads – appliances that use electricity when when you are not using them. 3. seal up your house, use quality insulation to effectively cool and heat your home. After you reduce your energy usage then think about producing your own electricity through grid tied solar panels or wind turbines. Combining energy efficency and production will help you maximize on your clean energy system and reducing your upfront cost to eliminate the majority of your electric bill through solar or wind...

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