Where An Energy Audit Can Lead – We started this meditation on caulk and CFL’s

[we are coming up on Herbie Hancock’s 70th birthday so..]

It’s Jam Band Friday – ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrgP1u5YWEg )

But the discussion leads directly to considering the use of you own generation devices. People have been trained over the years to “pay their energy bills as they go”. What if you paid your energy bill before you used it. Electricity is not a commodity and energy services are your birthright. OoopS there I go again getting all radical. But it is not radical to be thrifty. It is not radical to be kind to the Earth. It is not radical to teach your kids sustainable practices. The internal combustion Engine is primitive and must be gotten away from. The days when we could just burn large amounts of “stuff” and consume large amounts of “stuff” are over, whether we like it or not…anyway here’s some solar POWER…


Introducing Andalay AC

The First Plug and Play Solar Power System

Built in Reliability & Safety Solar systems must last decades in the harsh environment of your roof. But years of sun, wind and rain can corrode the different metals and eat through unprotected wiring found on ordinary solar systems. Both lead to a failed investment.

Andalay, the next generation in solar power systems, engineered away these flaws with its award-winning revolutionary design. Protected wiring, assembly in a quality-controlled factory environment, and superior framing, grounding and wiring deliver a system that is built to provide decades of reliable solar power performance. Learn More » Maximum Lifetime Performance With Enphase micro-inverters built right into each panel, Andalay delivers decades of powerful performance. Unlike ordinary solar panels where their power production varies from hour to hour, each Andalay panel consistently operates at its maximum power potential. Additionally, these revolutionary panels continue to operate at maximum power even if one panel goes down compared to ordinary panels where the malfunction of one panel from shading or other failures takes down all of the panels. As a result, these revolutionary panels can perform 5% to 25% higher than ordinary panels. Learn More » Beautiful Appearance on your Roof In addition to its unparallel reliability, Andalay’s award winning design showcases a sleek, beautiful, design that compliments your home. With 80% less parts and fewer penetrations to your roof, Andalay’s slimmer panels, invisible electrical cabling and hidden mounting system take up less room on your roof while showing off a revolutionary design. The end result is an attractive system that ends electricity bills and fights green house gas. Learn More »


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Solar electric power, known as photovoltaic (PV) technology, makes use of the abundant energy from the sun. It can be used in a wide range of products, from small consumer items to large commercial solar electric systems.

Few power-generation technologies have as little impact on the environment as solar power.
It quietly generates electricity from light and produces no air pollution or hazardous waste.
It doesn’t require liquid or gaseous fuels to be transported or combusted. And because its energy source—sunlight—is free and abundant, it can guarantee access to electric power.
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