Category Archives: Solar

Location, Location, Location … walk to anywhere in Ann Arbor!

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Titel Walkable Neighborhoods 723 Spring scored an overall Walk Score of 80 which is the top quartile for all Ann Arbor residents.  Walkability offers surprising benefits to our health, the environment, our finances, and our communities.  Health: The average resident … Continue reading

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Alliance for Environmental Sustainability profiles Ann Arbor’s First LEED Platinum Certified home.

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Scott Phillips, Associate at The Inovo Group and homeowner of Ann Arbor’s 1st LEED Certified Platinum Home is a passionate blogger about the success of green his certified home. Scott gives us a unique perspective of his home that was … Continue reading

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Enphase Enlighten Monitoring System provides real-time PV information

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The web-enabled Enphase Enlighten Monitoring constantly collects real-time PV system data transmitted from the PV system via powerline, converts through a communications gateway and sends via broadband connection to the server.  The system provides a view of the full array … Continue reading

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Home Energy Rating System – 723 Spring Street scores a 40!

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The lower a home’s HERS Index (Home Energy Rating Systems), the more energy efficient it is. A home built to code scores a HERS Index of 100, while a net zero energy home scores a HERS Index of 0. Each … Continue reading

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Ann Arbor launches comprehensive online information hub to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy

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a2energy is an outreach and education effort that aims to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewable resources to residents and businesses across the City of Ann Arbor.  A partnership between the City of Ann Arbor and Clean Energy … Continue reading

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Impact of Solar Panels on Electric Bills – FANTASTIC … Thanks DTE – Solar Currents

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This chart from the DTE Web Site shows my monthly electric bill for heating and cooling our house.  The right axis is Heating Degree Days which are a measure of how much (in degrees), and for how long (in days), … Continue reading

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Whole House Solar offers good resales ROI

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Clark Howard recently wrote this article – “Whole house solar offers good resale ROI” I recently spent big bucks to install whole house solar at my home. At the time, I went on air making fun of myself talking about … Continue reading

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GREAT Home Picture Gallery … using Pinterest

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According to an article from Vinny LaBarbera of the Real Estate Marketing Blog, one of the most tedious forms of SEO is link building.  The article – Real Estate Link Building with Pinterest – discusses that getting a good amount … Continue reading

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Michigan Energy Forum: Powering Your Own Home with Renewable Energy: Lessons Learned

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The Michigan Energy Forum is a great organization that I have the benefit of being associated with.   The mission of the forum is to facilitate collaboration and networking among practitioners, policy makers, investors and talent. The MEF meets on the … Continue reading

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New Appraisal Form details Green and Solar Features

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The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, has made it easier to identify attributes of green homes. Last week, they released a form intended to help analyze values of energy-efficient home features. It is the … Continue reading

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