Electrical Grid Operators Brace for Effects of Solar Eclipse

Right now, millions of Americans are eagerly awaiting the total solar eclipse that will take place next week on August 21. An eclipse that passes across the entire country is quite rare, so it’s going to be a big day for amateur astronomy enthusiasts. But not everyone is quite so thrilled about the eclipse. Electrical… Read more »

Fungus Could Be the Next Big Thing in Green Buildings

The idea of building a home—or even just a part of a home—with fungus probably wouldn’t normally appeal to a lot of people. Fungus is something that most people try and keep away from their homes. But there are companies like Ecovative Design, which is located in upstate New York just outside of Albany, that… Read more »

High-Performance Structures Can Save Significantly

Anyone who has lived in an older home may have had the unpleasant experience of trying to heat or cool a building that was constructed without insulation or with insulation that has long since passed its useful age. Concerns about the cost and environmental impact of heating or cooling buildings have led to the universal… Read more »

Green Doesn’t Mean Weak: Looking at the Strength and Longevity of New Building Materials

When you’re preparing to construct a new building, going green might sound like a great idea, but won’t the green building materials that are used fall apart after just a few years and fail to hold up like traditional construction materials? This is a question that many people ask because they mistakenly believe that green… Read more »

Green Energy Storage: How New Facilities Could Improve Renewable Viability

Back in October 2015, a massive leak at the Aliso Canyon natural-gas storage field in Southern California threatened to leave thousands of people without power. It was a catastrophic event for those who live in the area, but there was some good that came out of it. Following the leak, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared… Read more »

Breaking Down an Analysis: What We Check When We Inspect

A Green Home Energy Analysis from Rick’s Energy Solutions takes a comprehensive look at your home to see where you are losing energy and suggests repairs that can save you tons on your electricity bill. This thorough inspection offers many different benefits for homeowners. Let’s take a look at the four categories where we run… Read more »

2016 Energy Code Changes: Lighting Requirements

California’s 2016 energy code calls for a number of changes to incorporate high-efficacy lighting into more homes across the state. High-efficacy lighting makes it possible for homes to use significantly less energy over time, so the goal of the 2016 energy code is to require more of this kind of residential lighting to bring overall… Read more »