Solar Roofing Systems; The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

by Marcus Howling on November 3, 2014

The government is giving away a 30% tax credit to homeowners who install solar panels or Photovoltaic Systems. One requirement is the system has to capture energy from the sun and convert it into electricity. The problem up until now is that your only option was to place big, bulky unattractive panels on your roof. Why not go with a more slender design, save money, and have a positive impact on our environment?

The Bad Side Of Solar Roofing Systems

Believe it or not, most people would love to help. One of the reasons more people do not install solar panels is because of the cost associated with the installation. These solar panels could cost upwards of $40,000 to install. The panels themselves can be anywhere from $4,000-$12,000 a piece. Given this massive cost burden, you certainly understand why most homeowners cannot afford to make an impact.

The Ugly Side Of Solar Roofing Systems

Okay, this one is easy; everyone knows what the ugly side of solar panels is. The Design! The appearance of solar panels does not enhance the look of your house. The only thing worse than paying someone 75% on labor, equipment, tax, permitting, and fees is paying them for something that may cause your house to look worse.

Your Solar Roofing System Solution

The tax credits are not the only reason you should consider purchasing a solar system. The good news is that there are trendier more affordable options. You can choose to install solar shingles that replace your current roof. Yes, they lie flat on your roof and keep the natural look and design of typical shingles. Bonus, you receive the federal tax credit and they look amazing.

About Century Spouting

Century Spouting provides home improvements including but not limited to solar panel installation, roofing, siding, doors, decks, sunrooms, and gutter helmets. They are known for quality service and professional craftsmanship.

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Amazing Facts about Recycling

by Ethan K. on August 29, 2014

Recycling is supposed to be one of the most effective measures of waste management. With the alarm having sounded for different climatic changes, it is evident that every person needs to make an effort to ensure better and proper management of waste, which can only be done with recycling.

There are many facts and figures about recycling that will not only amaze you, but will also make you aware of the different facets of recycling.

Facts about Paper Recycling

Paper is one of the most sought after materials in the recycling industry. Due to its versatility, it can be converted into different products and items. However, there are different alarming facts and figures about paper recycling that need to be read before wasting the next bit of paper in the landfill.

  • It takes more than 500,000 trees to create every week’s Sunday newspaper. The damage to the ecological balance of the planet is beyond repair.

  • Sending your discarded Sunday New York Times to the recycling unit can easily save more than 75,000 trees.

  • It has been cited in every recycling discussions that recycling all our newspapers will actually save 250,000,000 trees each year.

  • It is a known fact in the recycling industry that every ton of recycled paper actually saves more than 7000 gallons of water, 17 trees, and 4000 kilowatts of energy, three cubic yards of landfill space and 380 gallons of oil.

Yet, communities and municipalities ignore the importance of recycling paper, which has not only affected the environment and ecological balance in different areas.

Facts about Metal Recycling

Metal is a universal recycling material that can be converted into different products that can further be used in various fields. Here are some facts and figures about metals and its recycling:

  • If you throw away aluminum can in the landfill, then it will take more than 500 years to biodegrade. Therefore, it is best to send the can for recycling as every can that is recycled can be a part of a new aluminum can in the next 6 weeks.

  • If 1 pound of steel is recycled, it can actually light a 60-watt bulb for the next 24 hours.

  • If steel is recycled in a proper manner every year, it actually conserves enough energy to light and heat more than 18,000,000 homes.

  • It has been estimated that more than 350,000 aluminum cans are produced in 1 minute.

  • By the time you finish reading this sentence, 50,000 12-ounce aluminum cans have already been manufactured around the world.

  • Certain metals have limitations of how many times they can be recycled, but there is no limit when it comes to aluminum.

  • With every ton of steel that is recycled, the world is able to save 40 pounds of limestone, 2,500 pounds of iron ore and 1,000 of coal.

Facts about Plastic Recycling

Plastic is one of those materials that are used in each and everything in our day-to-day life. From packaging to automobile parts, plastic is everywhere. Therefore, it is essential to know the different facts and figures about plastic recycling.

  • Plastic bags are lightweight; therefore, they can easily fly away from landfills and recycling bins. These generally land in different seas, oceans, beaches, and gardens.

  • One of the biggest reasons for the death of more than 1,000,000 sea creatures is plastic bags as these get caught in the digestive system of these creatures, which causes choking and suffocation.

  • Throwing away more than 2,500,000 plastic bottles every year can cause enough damage to the planet that will take more than 100 years to recover.

  • Plastic in the landfills takes more than 500 years to biodegrade.

Therefore, it is better to send each and every plastic bottle, bag and other related products to the recycling unit.

All the above facts provide a deeper insight in the way the world is handling different kinds of waste. Talking about change will never alter the scenario. People need to make the effort to see the change.


Erich Lawson is very passionate about the environment and effective recycling. He has written a wide array of articles on educating the public on how modern recycling equipments can be used by industries to reduce monthly garbage bills and increase recycling revenue. You can learn more about environment savings techniques by visiting http://www.norcalcompactors.net/blog

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Businesses are always looking to save money on their overhead. Everyone knows the key to successful business is growth. Most business never think about how their lighting systems can drastically change the amount of energy they use and what they pay for it. Consider this! A household using 30 normal light bulbs in a year would create 4500 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions. On the other hand, LED light bulbs, would only produce 450 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions. Imagine how much emissions your commercial property produces. The financial benefits are tremendous, but you will be saving money and helping our environment if you switch to an LED Lighting system for you business.

Carbon dioxide emissions are a significant contributor to greenhouse gases, which have been found to have an effect on global climate change. Because LED lights reduce the amount of carbon output, you are helping save the environment; there will be less waste and disposal hazards, which means less pollution. Take a look below to see all the benefits of installing more LED lighting systems in our communities.

  • Receive reductions of between 60% and 90% off your current lighting bill
  • Reduction in annual maintenance costs of between 70% and 90% Lower energy consumption
  • Helps your business achieve your Carbon reduction commitments
  • Improved performance of your lighting with reduced noise and heat output
  • Efficiency Led Lights produce more light per watt than incandescent and halogen bulbs
  • LED lights last on average 50,000 hours, that is 5 times as long as the best fluorescent bulbs, and up to 30 times longer than halogen bulbs.
  • Fluorescent bulbs are very fragile. LED lights are made with solid-state components making them difficult to break.
  • LED lights do not contain mercury, unlike fluorescent lamps
  • LED lights do not emit UV Radiation

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Every business should consider switching to LED Lighting. Not only for the financial benefits but because it is better for our environment. When you install LED lights property you are drastically changing the amount of toxins that are being emitted into our atmosphere. Reduce your carbon copy and save your business money, one LED Light at a time.

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solar_power_BrazilA Brazilian utility has become home to the largest rooftop solar power farm in Latin America. The farm is installed at the administrative headquarters of Eletrosul in Santa Catarina (Brazil) and can generate up to 1.2 GWh per year.
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Open Call for Green Bloggers

July 4, 2014

Are you an alternative energy/green/eco friendly blogger who is dying to be heard? Are you looking for a place to share your ideas or to report on the state of affairs in the green community? Maybe you specialize in making child safe, green home cleaning products and you want to share your awesome recipes with […]

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