Big news in the energy field here in California: Solar became the No. 1 source of renewable energy in the state in 2015. That’s according to data compiled by the California Independent System Operator, the primary grid manager in the state. Their numbers show that last year, utility-scale solar power plants produced 15,591,964 megawatt-hours of… Read more »
Last week, a solar-powered plane that is flying around the world without any fuel left Hawaii after being stranded there for nearly 10 months due to some technical difficulties. The plane – Solar Impulse 2 – is co-piloted by Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss explorer and psychiatrist, and Andre Borschberg, a Swiss engineer. The pair takes… Read more »
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently passed a new law that will require all new buildings that are 10 stories in height or smaller to add solar panels. The new rule goes into effect January 2017, building on an existing California law that requires all new small- and mid-sized buildings to make a portion… Read more »
Intuitively, this makes sense, doesn’t it? We want fresh air in our homes. It’s healthier. But let’s think this through. How is air drawn into our homes and what must it pass through to get inside? Two conditions must exist: first, there must be an opening of some sort connecting the outside to the inside,… Read more »
Everyone’s going green. According to a Transparency Market Research report, the green materials market for building is going to skyrocket from its $106.32 billion value in 2012 to a whopping $234.77 billion industry value by 2019. It’s not difficult to see why the industry is growing at such a rapid pace. With the striking health… Read more »
Here at Ricks Energy Solutions, we use the GreenPoint Rating system to evaluate how energy-efficient and environmentally friendly your home is. But what exactly does that mean? GreenPoint Ratings are essentially a system put in place by the non-profit organization based in California geared at promoting healthy, energy- and resource-efficient buildings. GreenPoint Rated houses are… Read more »
Whether we realize it or not, our homes are constantly using energy. In many cases, this is a good thing and we are actively aware of the process. In others, excess energy gets consumed and wasted, costing the homeowner money for no good reason. Fortunately, a home energy audit can provide you with a thorough… Read more »
The housing market has been taking up the green world like a duck to water these days.
In the housing world, there are three main concerns these days when it comes to designing and building new homes.