New article on solar water heaters

Solar water heaters use the sun’s rays to directly heat water, so unlike photovoltaic systems, electricity is not produced. It’s a remarkably simple idea that’s caught on in the United States and become practically mandatory in some other countries. To find out more about their operation, history and inspection tips, check out our new article on solar water heaters.

New article on solar restrictions in homeowners’ associations

Solar panels can be ugly, but most “green” homeowners won’t mind because aesthetics aren’t as important to them as the advantages afforded by the panels. Many homeowners associations, however, find them too obtrusive or ugly and fear lowered property values. Cases have cropped up across the country of disputes between homeowners and their associations and although laws tend to favor the homeowner, stubborn HOAs have been going to court over it anyway. To find out more about homeowners’ rights to solar power generation, check out our new article on homeowners associations vs. the green homeowner.

New article on advantages of solar energy

To complement our recent article on the disadvantages of solar energy, we’ve created an article that highlights the technology’s good points. Solar is clean, silent, low-maintenance and it relieves our dependence on foreign oil. Mostly, though, it’s great because sunshine is available anywhere, and only a minuscule portion of it can power humanity forever, if we learn to harvest it correctly. To find out more, check out our new article on the advantages of solar energy.

New article on disadvantages of solar energy

Solar power is touted by some to be the answer to our energy problems, but it’s far from perfect. Solar panels don’t work at night, they are large, costly, inconsistent and they pollute in ways you might not have thought of. Everyone knows why solar is great, but it’s best to have a balanced perspective. To find out more, check out our new article on disadvantages of solar energy.

How to inspect a home that was built using alternative methods.

What do you say when you get a call to inspect a home built using a method with which you’re not familiar, say, rammed earth, earth berm, earthship, or strawbale, structural insulated panels (SIPs) or insulating concrete forms (ICFs)?

What do you charge to inspect something you don’t know how to inspect?  Do you charge less because you don’t know about this construction method, or do you charge more because you charge according to your level of fear?  Do you turn down the inspection job altogether?

Find out by reading the Dynamic Duo’s new article:  Evaluating Homes Built Using Alternative Building Methods by Nick Gromicko and Kenton Shepard.