Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar is excited to present its 2020 Fall Coloring Contest, beginning October 13, 2020. The Action team welcomes any child to participate and we look forward to everyone’s creations! One entry per child.
Download the page HERE, print & color! Take a photo of the colored page and post the photo on our @actionac Facebook page with #ColorwithAction, the name and age of the contestant. If you are unable to post entries through Facebook, please email them to email@example.com. One first place and one second place winner will be selected from each age category. Winners will be contacted through Facebook direct message or email!
Age Group Categories: 4–6 years
Winners in each age category will receive:
1st Place – $100 Target Gift Card 2nd Place – $50 Handel’s Homemade Ice-Cream Gift Card
Winners announced: November 7, 2020
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The New Age of Energy is using natural resources to generate power. These resources include sunlight, wind, geothermal heat, water / tides, and biomass which are all naturally replenished. Using renewable energy as our source of power has the potential to solve global energy demands and the tomorrow’s environmental crisis. We are currently facing many challenges with energy production. With the increasing scarcity of fossil fuels, and rising prices of electricity, individuals and governments are being forced to progressively change how energy is produced. Creating scalable, decentralized power from renewable energy sources is the progressive change our environment – and wallets – need.
The solar energy movement is arguably the most reliable and sustainable form of renewable energy. In a single day the amount of sunlight that hits the United States is more than 2,500 times the entire country’s daily energy usage. Even though the solar movement is on the rise (the industry has seen over a 465% increase in installations since 2013), solar photovoltaic panels produce less than two percent of the national electricity. A variety of technologies convert sunlight to usable energy for buildings. The most commonly used solar technologies for homes and businesses are solar water heating, passive solar design for space heating and cooling, and solar photovoltaics for electricity. Thanks to federal and state clean energy incentives, many home and business owners have converted to solar within the past decade.
Energy produced from wind is captured by wind turbines. The US has the largest fastest growing wind power industry in the world. Considering it’s growth and size, the wind industry is a critical component to the Department of Energy’s strategy to expand the renewable energy market, create new clean energy technologies, and diversify the economy through the energy market.
Producing energy from water comes from several natural processes including ocean energy and the process of evaporation of rain and snow. Producing energy from the ocean comes from the tides, ocean waves, and ocean temperatures. The ocean waves are driven by the sun, wind, and tides and can be used to produce energy. In addition to tides and ocean waves, the differentiating temperatures of the ocean (warmer temperatures at the surface from sun, lower temperatures at depth) can also generate energy.
When the water vapor is transformed into rain or snow, and flows into rivers and streams, this energy can be captured by hydroelectric power and transformed into electricity. Hydroelectric power presently supplies about 10 percent of the electrical generating capacity of the United States.
Biomass has been a main source of energy since the beginning – using wood to create fire to cook food and keep warn. Biomass energy is used for power production, and to create products that would otherwise be made from fossil fuels. Although creating biomass energy produces carbon dioxide and can technically contribute to greenhouse gas emissions, it is balanced by the carbon dioxide captured in its own growth. Biomass sources include wood (largest biomass resource still used today), wood based plants, manure, crops, algae, organic components of municipal and industrial wastes residues, and debris from forestry.
Geothermal heat comes from heat below the earth’s surface – ranging from magma miles below the earth’s surface, heat rock, or as pockets of steam or hot water (hot springs). In the US, the majority of geothermal reservoirs are located in the western states, Alaska, and Hawaii. Energy produced by geothermal heat is either produced by power plants or from geothermal heat wells that are drilled into underground heat reservoirs for the generation of electricity or direct-use applications. The geothermal power plants uses the heat to create steam or boiling water in order to turn turbines that generate electricity. Direct-use applications include heating homes or buildings, drying crops, growing plants in greenhouses, and other industrial processes such as pasteurizing milk or heating water at fish farms.
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Smart Communities are popping up all over the US and utilizing renewable energy resources to be self-sustainable and economically successful. They consciously leverage solar energy technologies to transform life in a fundamental way that benefits homeowners, communities, and the environment. These Smart Communities are creating a platform for future housing developments and smart-grid infrastructures.
Existing Smart Communities have successfully improved performance in buildings, increased property values, and reduced community debt. The formula for these Smart Communities is simple:
Efficiency + Renewable Energy = Sustainability.
Each solar powered residence helps the Smart Community by lowering energy costs and producing clean power. Energy efficient homes collectively create a resilient, self-sustainable community. These solar-powered homes and communities will be able to power themselves locally even when the broader electric grid goes down. Independent energy production is becoming increasingly important with the rise in energy costs and erratic/unpredictable weather caused by climate change.
The existing outdated – and expensive – infrastructure powered by centralized power plants is creatingthe problem of greenhouse gases producing climate change. Smart Communities that offer a solution this global epidemic by producing clean energy at a lower cost.
In order for our economy to remain sustainable, the green energy movement needs to take hold by enacting legislation and adopting local and city building codes for renewable energy requirements, and informing the public of the benefits of Smart Communities and tax rebates / incentives and financial assistance available. Newly developed Smart Communities are accomplishing just that – as the innovators and participants of Smart Communities understand the importance of shrinking carbon our footprint, being independent from utility companies, and saving on energy costs. New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision and California’s Distribution Resource Plans are setting the standard of moving toward green energy – which will hopefully create a trend among state governments to enact similar legislation to induce the development of these Smart Communities.
Transforming your home into a Smart Energy Residence will effectively increase your property value, save you on energy costs, and enable you to be independent from utility companies. The experts at Action Air are here for all your Solar Solution needs – from installing solar PV panels to purchasing solar battery back ups for an existing solar PV panel system. Contact us today!
Modern society is extremely dependent on fossil fuels to create electricity for everyday necessities. Reliance on fossil fuels as the main resource for energy is impractical. Oil and coal for example, are finite resources and cannot be relied on to sustain the growing demand for energy in technologies, homes, and vehicles.
Not only are fossil fuels impractical for generating energy, they are irresponsible. The burning of these fuels emit toxic gases into the environment, which is the primary source of the greenhouse gas buildup, pollution, and climate change.
Switching to solar energy power as an alternative energy solution for our every day needs can dramatically offset the negatives effects of fossil fuels and lower energy costs, here’s why.
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Solar Solution: Combating The Greenhouse Effect
Solar photovoltaic panel systems generate clean and pure energy from the sun. Solar power does not expel toxins into our environment and combats the greenhouse gas buildup. Not only can solar save the environment from global warming, it is the reliable and endless resource that has fueled the existence of life since the beginning of time.
In a single day the amount of sunlight that hits the United States is more than 2,500 times the entire country’s daily energy usage. Yet, solar photovoltaic panels produce less than two percent of the national electricity*.
The good news is that the solar movement is on the rise. Generated electricity from solar power was up 2% in 2015, which is more than a tenfold increase from 2010. To put things in perspective, if 5% of American households go solar, it would remove approximately 89,600,000 pounds of CO2 from the environment, and offset the pollution caused by the entire fleet of vehicles produced in 2007*.
Solar Solution: Economic Benefits
Because of the increasing demand for solar panel systems, more and more manufacturing companies are popping up, and the cost to manufacture the panels is decreasing as a result. The government also sees solar as a solution to global warming; state and federal legislation have made solar power a feasible and affordable option for energy in the US. Not only does solar power save the environment, it also protects home and business owners from the rising utility costs.
What do you have to lose? Become a part of the solar movement and start saving the environment and your energy costs today! Call to get your Action Air Solar System installed in your home or business – our professionals are guaranteed to provide quality installation, professionalism, and efficiency.
*Resources from the Environmental Protection Agency, National Geographic 2015
Temperature, air density, precipitation, pollution, fog, and wind can disturb solar energy production, but should not be considered ‘deciding factors’ when assessing your climate for solar power use. If these conditions are prominent in your geographic location, solar is still a viable option considering battery back-up can always get the job done in the absence of beloved sunny days.
Sunshine Exposure for Solar Power
The length and strength of solar power received are the two most important factors in producing electricity through photovoltaics. As such, regions that receive the most sunshine per day will produce the most energy. Solar tracking can off-set the decrease in energy production when days become shorter and the sun is not at an ideal angle for maximum insolation.
Wind damage to your solar panels is unlikely considering they are specifically designed to withstand wind speed up to 80 mph or more. However, solar PV systems are subject to the same laws of physics as any other electrical circuit. The behavior of the electrical circuit in terms of voltage, resistance and current are governed by other effects, like air temperature and wind speed. Since wind speed influences air temperature, it is a piggy-back factor of how temperature can affect a solar PV system.
Solar panel power production is the most efficient when temperatures are low in sunny environments.
High temperatures:Field and laboratory experiments (Rivers State University of Science and Technology at Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 2008) have revealed a drop of solar energy output for every increase in degree of a home photovoltaic solar panel once the panel reached 42 degrees Celsius, or about 107 degrees Fahrenheit.
Low temperatures:The angle of the sun determines irradiance (brightness) and insolation (strength of sun when it reaches ground) which both determine the amount of energy production photovoltaics. Locations closest to the poles, and/or during winter seasons, the angle of the sun is low and temperatures decrease, causing solar panel energy production to also decrease.
Thin air is ideal for solar power for the simple fact that when the air is thicker, it scatters more sunlight. Typically, the higher the elevation, the thinner the air is. Locations at or below sea level tend to have higher air density.
Snow / Rainfall
A thick layer of snow on your solar PV panels will affect the production of energy entirely. However, panels naturally give off heat and are purposely installed at an angle which will prevent the accumulation of thick layers of snow. During rain or snow, the length and strength of the sun is minimal and will decrease energy production as a result.
Pollution, much like clouds or fog, diffuses sunlight so the strength of the of sun will decrease in highly polluted areas.
Cloud Cover / Fog
If you live in an area with dense cloud cover or fog, like San Diego, your solar power output will decrease but the solar PV panels will still produce electricity. Clouds/fog diffuse (spread out) sunlight, so the angle of the sun and/or panels are not as critical. The amount of solar energy produced in these conditions depends on the thickness and duration of the fog or cloud cover. A single cloudy day will not affect the amount of power coming into your home, it is more important on the amount of sun that your panels see on average per year.
The solar movement in the US is steadily rising, and if you are considering going solar you may want to know exactly how it will benefit you. With the cost of electricity steadily rising, and the federal and state incentives in place, installing solar panels is becoming an attractive option for home and business owners all over the US. Here are a few reasons why the value of solar is so substantial.
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A solar power system is customized for your home, so pricing and savings vary based on location, system size, government rebates and local utility rates. Savings on your total electricity costs is not guaranteed.
Value of Solar Panels: Saves on Electricity Bills
The rising cost of electricity is driven by the increasing demand for fossil fuels – mainly coal and oil. A study conducted by the Edison Electric Institute found that electricity prices went up 2.5% annually from 2000 to 2006, and are following a steady upward trend. With solar panels, you are generating renewable energy that can save you up to 50% or more on your utility bills annually. Not only are you protecting yourself from increasing electricity and gas prices by going solar, but you could even payback your investment in as little as 8 years.
How It Works: The solar net metering program saves costs on utility bills by allowing the solar user to ‘sell’ back the excess energy produced to utility companies at a retail rate. The credit of the excess energy produced by solar panels off-sets electric energy used from the utility grid by the solar customer, thus creating a return on the customer’s investment in solar panels.
Value of Solar Panels: What’s Trending
Although solar is a relatively new market, it is becoming an increasingly important and vital part of the American economy. In order to meet the demand of the solar market, more and more solar panel manufacturing companies are popping up, and the cost of panels have reduced as a result. According to Solar Energy Industry Association, roughly 20,000 Mega Watts of solar capacity is forecasted to come online over the next two years, doubling the country’s existing solar capacity. 2015 was another record-breaking year for the solar market, and with the increasing demand residential and commercial solar power, installations will only continue to rise at this astonishing pace.
Federal and state government encourages homeowners to go solar by offering great tax and rebate incentives to keep the solar market flourishing through affordable options.
Value of Solar Panels: The Green Movement
Americans are becoming more aware of the negative effects of fossil fuels on the environment. We are at a critical time in history to create solutions to lessen the impact of humanity’s carbon footprint on the planet. In that regard, the solar movement has been one of the most progressive implications of green solutions. Clean, renewable energy is not only affordable, but responsible. With independence being at the heart of American culture, renewable energy will only continue to be a more attractive option for homeowners to become less dependent on utility companies.
Join the cause, increase the value of your home, and save on utility bills by adding the value of solar at your home or business. The experts at Action Air are here to answer any questions you may have in your transition. Call today 800-400-4152 or Get a Free Solar Quote Online!
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A solar power system is customized for your home, so pricing and savings vary based on location, system size, government rebates and local utility rates. Savings on your total electricity costs is not guaranteed.
Here are the Top 3 Trending Solar Panel Designs and What You Need To Know When Switching to Solar Energy.
If you are considering joining the millions of homeowners who are reducing or eliminating their electric bill, improving energy home efficiency, saving money and the environment, while increasing the value to their homes, there has never been a better time to go solar. Check out the top 3 trending solar designs to help you decide which solar system is right for you and your home.
Passive Solar Design:
Passive design is practiced throughout the world and has been shown to produce homes with low energy costs, reduced maintenance, and offer superior comfort.
Passive solar design refers to the use of the sun’s energy for the heating and cooling of living spaces. In this approach, the building itself or some element of it takes advantage of natural energy characteristics in materials and air created by exposure to the sun. Passive systems are simple, have few moving parts, and require minimal maintenance and require no mechanical systems.
There are three approaches to passive systems – direct gain, indirect gain, and isolated gain. The goal of all passive solar heating systems is to capture the sun’s heat within the building’s elements and release that heat during periods when the sun is not shining. At the same time that the building’s elements (or materials) is absorbing heat for later use, solar heat is available for keeping the space comfortable (not overheated).
Active solar power systems are the type that you see on most houses. They consist of flat plate solar panels that sit on the roof, and other equipment, like an inverter, that actively enhance the process of turning heat into energy. Passive solar design, on the other hand, means using your structure in and of itself as a way to convert solar heat into energy, often with solar panels as supplemental solar collectors.
Passive designs work for off-grid heat supply because the building materials that you use and how you install them are what determine how much sunlight can be converted into energy and therefore heat for your home or hot water. The type of collector, or panel, that this calls for is not roof-mounted. It can therefore be much less conspicuous in your home’s aesthetic.
Frameless Solar Panels:
Frameless solar panels usually have glass on both the front and back, making them less flammable than the regular models, which have a polymeric sheeting on the back. The lack of a metal frame also provides less of an electrocution hazard to installers. Some regular models have problems with electrical current leaking out through the frame—because of this, frameless models are often more efficient. They are less clunky and tend to blend into the home’s design a little more seamlessly.
The most notable benefit is no need for grounding. Frameless modules are also great for those worried about potential induced degradation (PID). Electrical current can’t leak out of a frame that isn’t there, so modules are more efficient. If it’s a dual-glass module, it has a stronger fire safety rating because there’s no back-sheet. Frameless modules also provide a unique aesthetic value for customers who want to blend their solar systems into roofs.
Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are solar panels designed to replicate and take the place of building materials. You could cover your entire roof in PV cells designed to look like shingles, or you could have solar windows. There are so many design options for BIPVs that will match the look of your home. When it comes to the cost, you’re replacing certain conventional materials with the PV cells, which means only paying for the cells.
Building-integrated PVs are less conspicuous than their traditional counterparts. Solar shingles and windows are a perfect example of building-integrated solar design. These often cover an entire facade of a building or an entire roof area for continuity. Unfortunately, this type of technology is more costly and less efficient than conventional photovoltaics—but for structures whose design is an important aspect of its function, BIPVs can be an eye-pleasing step in the right direction.[/vc_column_text][ultimate_spacer][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_spacer height=”10″][ultimate_spacer height=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][ultimate_spacer][vc_cta h2=”Get Your FREE Solar Quote Now!” add_button=”right” btn_title=”Get FREE Solar Quote ” btn_style=”classic” btn_color=”primary” btn_i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-check” css_animation=”appear” btn_link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fwww.actionac.net%2Fsolar-energy%2Fsan-diego-solar-company||” btn_add_icon=”true”]Are you ready to go solar? Now is the time to act! Get your residential solar panels installed before the end of the year to get tax credits and rebates back for 2016. Contact our solar experts today for your FREE solar quote and start saving.[/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row]
Although not a question we get very often, we occasionally have people ask what happens to their solar panels if they decide to move. Some people wonder whether they can take their solar panels with them when they move. Technically, the answer to this question is yes, but the better question is actually “should I take my panels with me if I move?”
Solar panels require a considerable investment to install. Much of the cost for solar electric systems comes in the form of labor to install the panels. Paying for labor to remove the panels and then again to have them re-installed at your new home can significantly reduce or even nullify the gains investing in solar would yield.
Solar Panels Improve Home Value
Installing solar on your home can have a considerable impact on your home’s value. Studies have shown that homes with solar not only sell for more, they sell faster. Removing the panels from your home would actually be counter-intuitive because you can realize a higher resale value, which you can then use to re-install new panels on your home.
Although there haven’t been significant leaps in solar technology, newer panels are likely to be more efficient than your older panels and installation costs have dropped considerably in the last few years (by more than 60 percent in some areas in fact), so you will likely come out ahead financially by simply leaving the panels on your current home and buying new.
What to Do If You Want to Take Your Solar Panels With You
If we haven’t convinced you otherwise and you still want to take your solar panels with you, be sure to hire a qualified electrician or builder who is certified to perform solar panel removal. The panels will need to be removed in a manner that will not damage them and properly packed for transit. If your panels are damaged during transit after they have been removed from your home, they will not be covered by manufacturer warranty, leading to additional expense to have your system re-installed on your new home.
What If I Lease Panels?
Although we do not provide solar leasing programs, some homeowners do choose to lease solar panels. Policies for what happens with your solar panels if you move while under a leasing agreement varies by provider. Please check with your provider to learn more about their specific policy.
If you are considering installing solar and want to learn more about solar San Diego installations and the surrounding area for your home or business, give us a call or fill out a contact form on the right. Our solar technicians can discuss the options that are available to you, assess your home’s solar potential, and even provide you with production and return on investment estimates!
Many homeowners often worry that solar panels will not increase their property value—or worse—will make it decline. Numerous studies on the impact of solar panels on property values have determined that this is not the case, however.
How Much Will Solar Panels Improve My Property Value?
A recent study by Wells Fargo Bank and the Journal of Appraisers stated that adding a residential solar electric system adds value at a rate of 20-to-1 of the savings in utility savings. This increases the value of a home by 3-4 percent.
Other studies have shown property values can actually increase even more! The impact on property values can vary considerably by the part of the country you live in. In our area, Southern California, homes with solar and energy efficiency upgrades are highly sought after and command a premium on the home market. In addition to being worth more than comparable homes without solar electric systems, they sell faster!
In fact, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that homes with solar power sold faster than to the equivalent of homes without.
Can I Calculate How Much Solar Panels Will Increase my Property Value?
Absolutely. There are a number of great, free, tools available online that allow you to quickly and easily calculate potential property value increases from installing a solar photovoltaic system on your home.
We like http://pvvalue.com. This website is run by Sandia National Laboratories, a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.
Simply register to download their PV Value tool in excel form and fill in the necessary information to determine the impact a solar electric system may have on your property values.
Want to Learn More About Solar in San Diego?
If you are considering installing solar and want to learn more about solar installation in San Diego and the surrounding area for your home or business, give us a call or contact us on the web. Our solar experts can discuss the options that are available to you, assess your home’s solar potential, and even provide you with production and return on investment estimates!
The hustle and bustle of back-to-school can be a very hectic time of the year, the kids are back the teachers are back and the list of what needs to be done seems endless! With so much to think about and so much to do, money seems to be spent fast and quickly wasted. Something most schools don’t consider is Solar Energy and its money saving effects while reducing your carbon footprint. All it takes is one suggestion and some persistence to get the ball moving to solar energy for your district.
Here’s a couple reasons to implement Solar Energy at your School District:
For school districts saving money can lead to a better quality education for students and what parent wouldn’t be thrilled with that. By using solar panels the money saving process can happen immediately in monthly utility bills. Schools can also save thousands of dollars in the future through tax breaks and incentives. In a San Ramon Valley school district an estimated $24.4 million dollars will be saved over the course of the next 25 years- thats a lot of pencils and erasers. Saving money means more money for supplies, field trips and creating a better quality of life for students and employees alike.
Community support is important for school districts, communities in SoCal love to rally behind a clean green cause. The positive press from going green and getting solar panels can lead to a better schooling and teach students more about science, technology, the environment, engineering and mathematics. This emphasis on STEM studies can often leading to better test scores and grades in general. Better testing and better quality schools generally leads to a happier community and the school board will respond well to community support
Installing solar energy and panels is a leap toward the future and inspires other to be more green and effective. The sun always shines on going green! Contact an Action Air Solar representative to schedule an audit to get started.
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