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BrookeChaplan posted a blog entry in Brooke Chaplan's Green BlogInstalling solar panels and enjoying the benefit of free green energy is a common goal shared by many homeowners. Now that you have decided to finally move forward with this project, you may be eager to get the ball rolling. Some homeowners in your shoes have been dismayed to run into issues when installing solar panels that may have otherwise been prevented with forethought and planning. These are some of the more common solar panel installation problems that may affect your upcoming project. A Weak Roof Solar panels may look relatively light, but their appearance is misleading. The actual weight depends on the type of panels that you select, but many roofs have not been designed to withstand the weight of a full set of typical solar panels. You can avoid learning about this problem in the middle of a solar panel installation project by consulting with a roofing contractor ahead of time. A Roof that Requires Replacement Soon The solar panel installation process takes time, energy and money, so you understandably want to maximize the benefit of this effort. A typical asphalt shingle roof has a lifespan of approximately 25 years, although there is a considerable variation to this based on weather conditions, maintenance, and many other factors. Installing new solar panels on an older roof that requires replacement soon is not wise. If your roof is close to the end of its life, it makes sense to replace it before installing new panels. Not Planning for Water Flow When your roof was constructed, its purpose was to protect the home from exposure to the elements by creating an impermeable barrier. Its design is based on the concept that water will flow downward without hindrance. Solar panels create blockages that your roof was not designed for initially. Consulting with a roofer will help you to determine if any additional steps need to be taken to ensure the integrity of your roof. As beneficial as solar panel installation can be for the environment and for your budget, it is not without challenges. These are a few common problems that you may run into, and you can see that they pertain to the roof. Because solar panels are mounted to the roof, it makes sense to ensure that your roof is in good condition and can tolerate this installation before beginning the project. Now is a great time to contact a licensed roofer for more information about preparatory steps that may be needed.
Many metropolitan cities are in areas that are prone to natural disasters. All kinds of businesses thrive in these kinds of areas and the consequences of a natural disaster are often very damaging. Let’s go through several different natural disasters and how you can prepare for them as a business. Earthquakes The structure and stability of physical places of business are specifically targeted in earthquakes. Unfortunately entire office buildings are sometimes lost. With much smaller earthquakes it is more possible that you could just lose your internet connection or some of your equipment might break. In all cases, it’s best to have insurance on your building (should you own it) and your equipment - and of course make sure your employees are prepared and trained for such a thing to happen in the best way they can be. Start by teaching your employees basic earthquake survival steps, like the ones found here. Floods Floods are especially dangerous to your electronic equipment - your computer, your modem, etc. - as well as the physical condition of your business. Of course, take care of your employees first. Make sure they have evacuated to the safest place possible and they’re not driving or walking through the flood water (which is the largest cause of death in the midst of flooding). In the case of losing your computers to a flood, have backups prepared - third party or cloud storage backups may be best here. And of course, have flooding insurance to help with the costs of those equipment. Hurricanes Hurricanes combine the worst results of floods and earthquakes and are some of the most damaging of natural disasters as people my age saw with Hurricane Katrina. They specifically require extra preparation as opposed to other natural disasters (Boating businesses, look out!) Fires Fires are similar to earthquakes but less easily recoverable as far as equipment goes. If something falls down, it might be recoverable. But if something is burned, it’s done from the inside out and is probably unsaveable. This is another reason backups are so important, and why keeping them in a separate place from your place of work may be a good idea. Obviously, fires and burns on any level hurt people, so literal “fire insurance” is important here. Blizzards Blizzards can halt your business from making money, because they can halt consumption. Of course, mass freezing can hurt electronics as well, as well as building conditions, and manufacturing. If employers can’t get to work, then work can’t be done. Doing the most possible ahead of time, or having an early deadline for things to be done may help, especially if the area you live in is prone to this disaster. And having some kind of PTO or sick day pay for your employees is also a good idea - after all, people do need money to put food on their plates! What did I miss? Let me know over at Twitter @Robolitious.
Conserving energy is a really big thing. The environment has really been suffering, and we need to something about it. Well, there’s a lot you can do, and starting with your home is the first step taken towards a greener, more economic home, and a healthier world. Energy efficient homes are becoming a real trend in the world, and that’s not without a reason. A lot of funds have been put into creating ideas for more energy efficient funds, and today, we can give you some tips on how to make your home more energy efficient. It’s actually quite possible to make your home more energy efficient while keeping the same comfort level, or even increasing the comfort level in the home. Energy efficient building practices can do wonders in that field. When you are building a new home, or you are renovating your current home, you can save a lot of money by going green. And even if you are not trying to renovate your home or build a new home, using green power can reduce the energy consumption from fossil fuels even more. The carbon footprint can always be lowered, and it’s the most green thing you can do. Going green is imperative in today’s world, since the world we have is taking a turn for the worse. So, why not save energy, save money, and contribute your little part in saving the world today? Make your home more energy efficient to do just that. But how do you do that? Where do you actually start? Try going small. Take the small steps towards achieving the big goal. For example, if the energy bill is really high, try cutting down on it. You can do a lot to reduce that number and actually help save the environment, and save money too. You should calculate the energy usage per every room in your home, and actually figure out what the cause of that much energy spending is. Maybe you are keeping the lights on too long. Maybe your windows aren’t really sealed well and are costing you a lot of energy. A lot of energy can be lost through windows, and it doesn’t really depends on curtains or blinds, they need to be sealed properly to prevent the endless wasting of energy in your home. Your light bulbs can also be a big waster of energy in your home. Lights bulbs that are outdated or that don’t fit the right power you need will spend a lot more energy than is needed, and will cost you a lot of money and energy, which in turn is not really a good thing for the environment. Lastly, you can always consult an expert. If you really don’t have a solid idea on what should you do to make your home more energy efficient, there are people who are in charge of that and can help you with that.