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Posted by CENTURY 21 CUDDY on 2/2/2020

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If you’re looking to light up your house or yard using a quick and easy DIY method, a variety of solar lights fit the bill.  You can choose from many elegant styles, with no extension cords required.  Solar lights can be mounted, placed into the ground on stakes, hang as lanterns or on strings, or set on a flat surface as a votive.  Generally, they last about 4 years, and the solar batteries can be replaced to extend their life.  Going solar with your outdoor lighting makes a perfect way for renters to illuminate their porches and yards; besides being easy to install, they are just as easy to remove and take with you when you leave, with no value lost.  

Your Home

Lighting that illuminates the vertical surface of your house at night, or uplighting, adds security as well as a polished look.  Uplighting beautifully highlights your house siding and porch at night.  This can be easily achieved with solar lights on the brighter end of the spectrum mounted on stakes.  Look for individual lights without top shades to place in the ground near the base of your siding so that light will be directed upward along the face of the house.  

Your Garden

Any type of garden, from a rock garden with succulents to a less-manicured country garden, can benefit from standout flowers and greenery being lit from below.  Smaller lights placed down in between the leaves of plants and directed upward give them a soft glow, or set them beside or between plants if you want to feature the light itself.  You can use the mini covered lamps on stakes or the candle-like cylinders. 

Solar lights are also available in a holiday-like spray of tiny lights.  You can style these in mini-sprays among plants, yard ornaments, around pools or outdoor kitchens, across fences, or cover your tree trunks to highlight trees all year long. 

Pathways and Driveways

Staggered lighting from in-ground stake or cylinder lights look great along stepping stone walkways or driveways.  Lights with a metal shade on top lining paths give a classy, finished look.  Candle-like lights can sit on top of short posts along walkways or near plants, or secure them by drilling a large hole through the center of your posts to insert staked solar lights.

Predator Deterrent

Particularly if you live in a rural area and want to keep pets safe by discouraging predators from entering your yard, the more well-lit your yard is at night, the better.  Your best bet might be a motion-detector spotlight facing out in the direction where you would expect wildlife to come from.  A bright light shining suddenly on them startles and disorients predators, and they will likely decide that encroaching this far into human territory isn’t worth it.  Find a spot to post your spotlight so it will point at and expose oncoming wild animals. Mount the attached solar panel at an angle that will allow it to soak up the most overhead sunlight during the day.




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Posted by CENTURY 21 CUDDY on 7/2/2017

Now more than ever itís important to take personal steps to decrease your carbon footprint on the earth. As world leaders make plans to decrease carbon emissions worldwide, the threat of climate change can seem distant and far away. However, we are already seeing the beginning of the devastating effects it will have on the earth and humanity alike.

One of the ways that homeowners can reduce their carbon footprint is to turn to alternate forms of energy production, like wind and solar power. In this article, weíll discuss residential solar power, its benefits to you as a homeowner, and the different options you have available.

Why go solar?

Aside from the vitally important environmental aspect we mentioned above, rooftop solar is becoming increasingly beneficial to homeowners. Not only are many homeowners seeing their electricity bills cut in half, but leasing programs make installing panels a zero-liability issue for homeowners worried about damage to the panels or to their roof.

Solar technology is constantly improving. In the very near future, consumers will be able to move entirely off the grid when it comes to producing electricity for their home.

Teslaís Elon Musk recently announced a fully integrated solar rooftop that he claims will be as affordable if not cheaper than a regular roof. The bonus? The power that Teslaís roofs produce will be able to be stored in an integrated battery.

Aesthetics

Homeowners are often worried about the way their homes will look with solar panels on them, which is a valid concern. Fortunately, new technology has made solar more visually appealing than ever. Soon, homeowners will have the option of choosing between different styles of solar roofs that look like regular shingles.

Alternatively, if you donít want the solar panels at your home at all, there are currently companies that allow homeowners to utilize off-site solar panels for their home. This is ideal if your home isnít in a position to receive much sunlight, or if you just donít want to have to deal with the panels being on your property at all.

Thinking ahead

When considering solar, you also have the future to consider. Not just of the planet, but of your wallet. Solar is an investment. If you plan on paying off your solar panels within 10 years, you could end up with years of free electricity, which adds up.

Similarly, many solar programs offer a guarantee that your rates wonít go up or they will rise slower than standard utility companies. So, even if you canít afford to buy your solar system outright, you can still invest in the long term.

Helping the economy

Fossil fuel defenders often claim the loss of jobs associated with the increase of the renewable energy industries. At the same time, jobs to manufacture, sell, install, and repair solar and wind power are skyrocketing.

Regardless of which option you choose, reducing your carbon footprint is doing your small part to help the environment for your children and grandchildren. And, it can save you a lot of money in the long run too.







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