“I think our solar panels make our home look beautiful. Not only does having solar increase our property value, but it says to our neighbors we support energy independence and care about the environment we leave behind for our children and grandchildren.”  Melissa L, Clarksville, Maryland Considering the devastating effect fossil fuels have had on […]

Top Five Benefits Solar-Powered Homeowners Say They Appreciate This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is all about good times and appreciating what’s best in life. The lucky among us spend the day with friends and family, watching the parade and perhaps a football game, while we overeat and enjoy good company. As we loosen our belts and prepare our stomachs to stretch, here is a list of top […]

Solar Shopping? Don’t Get Mislead By Online Calculators, “Buy Panels Online” or Phone Quotes

It’s Not That Easy Sometimes homeowners become annoyed when we tell them we can’t give them estimates online or over the phone. Others ask why we don’t have a solar calculator or order yourself option on our website.  Some people have told us they think we are trying “trick” them into receiving a high pressure […]

Will Going Solar Damage Your Roof?

The short answer is that a properly installed rooftop solar system is highly unlikely to damage your roof. This is because the panels do not sit directly on top of the shingles. Instead, they are secured to a system of metal rails and racks that are tied into the building structure. Each attachment point is […]

Winter Rate Spikes Are Coming! Why Smart Homeowners Don’t Wait to Go Solar

Energy rates can vary from day to day and even by hour. When consumer demand is low, you will see the best energy prices. This is typically when temperatures are mild. During the winter, energy use increases due to extra lighting and heating needs, causing higher rates and higher utility bills for homeowners. So what […]

Solar Panels Increase Home Value According to New Report

Installing solar panels can significantly increase your property’s value, according to a new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBL). The report, titled “Selling into the sun: Price premium analysis of a multi-state dataset of solar homes“, builds on previous research which concluded that homes with solar panels in California sold for more than those without. Do solar […]

Are Solar Shingles Ready For Prime Time?

Recently, Tesla announced that orders would begin to be accepted for the long anticipated solar roof shingles Elon Musk has been promising. Despite the hype, our analysts have concluded that solar shingles are not presently an efficient or cost-effective way for homeowners to go solar. This article will explain why. Starting later this summer limited […]

How to Pay Nothing to Stay Cooler This Summer

Judging by Maryland’s record warm temperatures this winter and historical data* that shows Maryland is getting warmer every year, we can expect summer to be hotter than usual too. That means your energy bills could be huge. (Unless you and your family don’t mind sweating it out when you’re inside.) It doesn’t have to be […]

Pepco Customers Will Hurt From Pepco-Exelon Merger – Is There Hope?

By Sharon Derby “Today is a bad day for consumers, and a great day for monopolies,” said Maryland’s attorney general, Brian E. Frosh about the recent Pepco-Exelon merger that will create the largest utility company in the nation. So why does the Maryland Energy Administration urge the Public Service Commission to reject it? Pepco was […]