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Summer is here and unless you live right on the water and are wearing your jacket to take the dog for the morning stroll, it’s warm outside. A few summers ago, that morning walk was tainted by a giant column of smoke and the smell of campfire in the air, specifically one that had gone wrong in Big Sur. The central coast is still recovering from that incredible disaster, and the threat of fire is still on many people’s minds. What’s risen from the ashes of that mess is a new clampdown on wood shake roofs in this area, and I’m taking the opportunity here to do some explaining about what a Class A fire rating is, and how you can still own a wood shake or wood shingle roof, without worrying about what it might mean in case of fire. It’s easy to react quickly to disaster and in Continue on...
How often I have lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home. – William Faulkner As we head into our rainy season, let’s remember how comfortable we are that we have so many kinds of roofing over our heads. It’s nice to nestle in when the wind gets up, but when you do need to brave the cold and rain, pause for a moment and look up! We are surrounded by the well thought out beauty and architectural styles of the roofs in our area. From basic wood and shingle patterns, reclaimed and imported tile, to slate and industrial corrugated steel looks – roofs are interesting and add unique elegance to homes all over the Peninsula. Below is some general information about a few of the styles we see here. Cedar Wood Shingles Wood shingles on their own give a warm, comfortable look to a home and age Continue on...
WHY YOU NEED TO GET INTO SOLAR NOW Installing solar impacts the air we breathe, the water we drink and our overall quality of life. In 2015, 67% of the electricity generated in the US was through fossil fuels (eia.gov). We can reduce the pollution created by those sources by generating our own energy at home and supporting more renewable energy resources in the US. Ok, environmental education complete; let’s talk money. Besides producing electric power, a solar investment can generate healthy returns for your pocketbook as well. You pay PG&E for electricity, but as their rates increase every year, are you provided more electricity? Nope, your payments are increasing for the same level of service. If you could virtually eliminate that payment, what would you do with it? Remember, a solar investment is initially a return in the form of savings. You could put that savings into a new Continue on...
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A BRIEF HISTORY OF SOLAR, NET METERING AND COMMON MYTHS OF SOLAR INSTALLATION The first installment of this series talked about the benefits of solar, and solar from an investment point of view. This month, let’s investigate how we got here, learn a little about how your system will connect to the grid, and debunk some myths regarding solar energy. Humans have worshipped the sun for millennia. This was a shared experience across the globe, although humans didn’t interact across continents or even begin to comprehend other cultures the way we do now. It was the beginning of man’s basic desire to understand himself in the scope of the universe. We created a connection to what was the most powerful thing we could imagine. The sun was always the bringer of light and heat to people. Over time we developed tools and culture, and we used the sun as well: Continue on...
Thinking about solar? Solar roofs are popping up more and more around the Monterey Bay. In fact, in the entire US, 2016 was a record breaking year for overall solar capacity – nearly doubling the installations over 2015 (SEIA.org). Solar is beneficial not only as a renewable, clean energy source, but for residential use, it makes a lot of sense financially. Let’s explore this investment and look at the steps followed to install solar on your home. REDUCE YOUR ELECTRIC BILL AND INVEST IN SOLAR Installing solar is not only good for the environment; it’s an excellent investment. You can reduce your electric bill and put that saved money away. That cash saved over time will mean significant amounts over the life of the system. How is it an investment? There are three ways to increase your bottom line with solar. Number one: the energy savings. Let’s run some rough Continue on...
It’s not uncommon for roofing companies to trick customers into thinking they’ve gotten a better deal than they have. In fact, many homeowners hire a roofing company and are excited to see that they’re eligible for a 50-year warranty. But then, after they’ve signed a contract or at the end of the job, they discover things aren’t exactly as they seem. That 50-year warranty comes with a catch: they either have to pay extra for it or the company wasn’t certified by the manufacturer or didn’t take all of the steps necessary to give the homeowner the protection of those manufacturer warranties. Then we heard of Dority Roofing & Solar, the roofing and solar company in Pacific Grove CA headed by owner Kasey Dority, that is known for sticking to their promises and giving customers a better value. We were eager to talk with them about what makes their company Continue on...
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