By Sarah Lozanova, Solar Energy Copywriter
There are now more than 1 million solar systems installed in the United States, according to a recent report by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. Q3 2016 was record-shattering by all accounts, and the solar industry is poised to almost double year after year. Despite widespread growth, there are misunderstandings and misconceptions that cost solar shoppers money. Keeping these common mistakes with solar panels for home use in mind can reduce the cost of going solar and your expenses over time.
Mistake #1: Not Shopping Around to Get Competitive Solar Bids
Although the cost of installing a solar system has fallen dramatically, the soft costs still constitute a lot of the total system cost. These costs vary widely by the solar installer, so it’s a good idea to shop around. Like any other home improvement project, there can be a big difference in the cost of installing a solar system with different installers. UnderstandSolar is a great free service to link you to top-rated solar installers for solar estimates.
By Sarah Lozanova, Sustainability Writer
Every year, Americans dispose of billions of plastic bottles each year. On the surface, plastic bottle recycling in the United States looks like an excellent way to reduce waste and prevent the extraction of virgin materials. Curbside recycling programs span the United States and have become a staple in the waste management. In fact, plastic bottle recycling rates by weight have increased for the last 25 years consecutively. In 2014, the total weight of plastics collected for recycling grew by 3.3 percent or 97 million pounds. This seems like good news for the environment and our local cities and towns, but is it?
Although recycling programs are widespread, a mere 23 percent of disposable water bottles are actually recycled. While the weight of recycled plastic has grown for 25 years, so has the population in the United States. Here are three popular myths about recycling plastic bottles, along with an explanation of the real deal.