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The Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) have released a report into the potential future direction for the 18,000 acre APEX industrial park in North Las Vegas and Clark County. They were commissioned to do the work on behalf of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance and the City of North Las Vegas, […]
The Green Alliance organized an exhilarating and informative networking event at the Tesla showroom in Las Vegas enjoyed by all of the attendees. The event took place 16th February and was packed full of informative presentations, fantastic people passionate about a green future for Nevada, and of course the star of the show, the amazing […]
A positive Year The LVGEA is a membership organization that works throughout Southern Nevada to encourage community development and connectivity, though aggressively and strategically recruiting new industries while helping existing businesses to expand. Their 2016 annual report highlights a positive year for the region’s economy as it continues to strengthen following the previous economic downturn. […]
Many houses and commercial buildings across Nevada fall short when it comes to energy efficiency. This can cost us hundreds of dollars every year in wasted energy and increased maintenance costs in addition to increasing our environmental footprint. There is however so much we can do by retrofitting our existing buildings. Improving energy efficiency is […]
We are heavily reliant upon cars in our daily lives, getting to school, work or to the airport. Considering the rapid population expansion in Vegas, and our reliance on gas driven vehicles this is a serious environmental concern. There is therefore a need to address this situation through cleaner transportation methods, and the signs are […]
SaveOnEnergy.com brings us this fascinating resource demonstrating how much energy is required to power your daily life. From your morning routine to your commute to work and beyond! Check out this infographic featuring how high you’d have to climb to power everyday activities like making toast. You can see this infographic and more at saveonenergy.com!
If you are looking to save money and energy around your home, you need to know what consumes the most energy first. Turning off lights, for example, is touted as a best practice around homes – but do you know how much electricity your lights use compared to the rest of your home, and how […]
Looking for a great interactive site to teach kids about energy efficiency? Check out Nico’s Hideout where kids can explore fun activities and learn more about energy!
Top 5 Benefits of Installing Solar Panels. Although it’s nearly 93 million miles away from earth, the sun is perhaps one of the greatest sources of clean, renewable energy available. By installing solar panels on your home, you can take advantage of these five benefits of solar energy, reduce your carbon footprint and save some […]
Did you know that any solar power generating capabilities that you introduce to your home setup will start to pay for themselves from the first day on? A myriad of solar options can be implemented into your household’s energy grid to save literally thousands of dollars on energy bills throughout the years once your initial solar investment is paid off. You can expect your initial investment to be recovered over time depending on how much technology you choose to install.
For example, the cost of a basic solar panel setup that supports your lighting and water systems can typically be recovered within six months to a year after installation. But this is simply because the costs you’d expect to recover would be much less than those to be expected after a solar metal roof or thermal window investment.
But the most important thing to keep in mind is that ultimately, any solar setup is sure to provide a return-on-investment that’s multiplied by several times what your initial investment was. In addition to an ongoing return-on-investment by way of decreased energy bills, you should be able to include the actual costs of your solar system into the asking price of your home if you later decide to put it on the market. And there’s a whole host of other benefits that products like solar panels, thermal windows, and solar roofing have to offer which will effectively increase your solar system’s overall payoff.
If your solar system can be hooked up to the commercial power grid, your local power company may be interested in purchasing any extra power you generate that isn’t needed by your own household. This gives you an opportunity to generate passive income that can be used to improve your solar system over time. In fact, this opportunity might even make it possible to create a virtually non-existent monthly energy bill as time goes on.
One of the best ways to optimize your household’s sustainability and reduce its overall carbon footprint is to install solar components into your home’s energy design. Not only can you feel good about playing a minimal role in the overall oil use within your community, but you’ll help keep the air and water cleaner for the generations of families to come. Solar also helps keep the earth’s soil free of dangerous contaminants and pollutants—this is especially important where commercial food products tend to be grown.
Tax Credit Opportunities
If your solar system or component is qualified, you can claim up to 30 percent of your initial investment as a tax credit when it comes time to file. Various solar and wind systems qualify for credits—amounts vary depending on the type of system you choose, when and where it gets installed, and how the system was paid for.