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It's Time to Think Seriously About Solar Energy in Las Vegas

Posted by First Quality Roofing & Insulation on Jul 10, 2018 10:44:00 AM

Las Vegas is one of the sunniest cities in the country. While this causes temperatures to rise, it also proves to be a valuable resource for locals. For at least 300 days of the year, homeowners can harvest the energy of the sun and use it to power their homes in a way that's much cleaner and more efficient than virtually any other option. So, why aren't more people using solar energy?

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Topics: energy efficient, save money, solar panels, solar power, solar energy

Nevada’s Progressive Laws Make Going Solar In Las Vegas More Affordable

Posted by First Quality Roofing & Insulation on Jul 5, 2018 9:24:00 AM

You may have noticed, you may have heard, and you should soon see the proof: the trend toward “going solar” by equipping homes with solar panels is finally gaining momentum. And Nevada is proving to be a national leader.

Nevada has one of the most progressive solar laws in the country, and these laws work in consumers' favor by spurring incentives that make solar in Las Vegas more affordable.

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Topics: energy efficient, save money, solar panels, solar power, solar energy

Evidence Mounts that Solar Energy Is a Smart Financial Investment

Posted by First Quality Roofing & Insulation on May 24, 2018 9:13:00 AM

If you're considering installing rooftop solar panels on your home, you may have noticed that the line blurs between need and want. You may need to save up to 40 percent on your electric bill and want to reduce your carbon footprint and the dependency on your utility company. But, if you're wondering how the installation will affect your home's value, take heart. Evidence continues to mount that a solar energy system is one smart financial investment.

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Topics: energy efficient, save money, solar panels, solar power, solar energy, education

Why it Usually Pays to Buy, Not Lease, Your Solar Energy Installation

Posted by First Quality Roofing & Insulation on May 9, 2018 9:39:00 AM

If the First Quality Roofing & Insulation team has heard the sales pitches from companies hoping to lease solar panels to Las Vegas residents, we assume you have, too. Before you do anything rash, be sure to gather all the facts. In most cases, leasing isn't the smarter choice. As Consumer Reports puts it, “Buying solar panels requires an investment and more decision-making than leasing, but over the long term the benefits of owning your system are hard to beat.”

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Topics: energy efficient, save money, solar panels, solar power, solar energy, money saving tips

Nail Down Which Energy-efficient Home Improvements Pay You Back

Posted by First Quality Roofing & Insulation on Apr 6, 2018 8:16:00 AM

There was a time when being included on a top 10 list meant that people were going to laugh when they found out why.

But Remodeling magazine's 31st annual “Cost vs. Value Report” is no laughing matter. It compares the costs of 20 of the most popular remodeling projects in 100 American cities with how much estate professionals believe those projects will improve a home’s value at resale time.

The average payback ranged from a high of 98.3 percent to a low of 47.6 percent. And for the first time, roof replacement cracked the top 10. By all indications, the installation of solar panels cannot be far behind.

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Topics: education, solar panels, solar energy, solar power

Why It Pays To Have A Roofing Contractor Handle Your Solar Panel Installation

Posted by First Quality Roofing & Insulation on Apr 4, 2018 8:23:00 AM

Solar panel installation can seem like a complex process. From choosing your panels to having your roof evaluated, there are a lot of people involved. On the other hand, when you choose a qualified roofing contractor to install your solar panels, you'll not only streamline the process, but your overall results will also be better. Here's what you need to know about choosing a roofer for solar panel installation.

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Topics: roofing companies, Las Vegas roofing contractors, save money, energy efficient, solar panels, solar power, solar energy, roof maintenance in las vegas

What Does A Homeowner Need To Do To Prepare For Solar Energy Panel Installation?

Posted by First Quality Roofing & Insulation on Mar 22, 2018 7:56:00 AM

Solar panels make a lot of sense. 

They can save you thousands of dollars a month in energy costs, they might make you eligible to earn a tax credit, and they help protect the environment. 

And that's just a few of the benefits of having solar energy panels installed on your house. 

With such an upside, it's no not a surprise that so many Americans are installing solar energy panels on their homes. But solar energy is still a relatively new technology, which means many might think installation is complicated and beyond their reach. 

It's not. 

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Topics: solar panels, solar power, solar energy, save money, education

Should You Trim or Remove Trees for Solar Panels?

Posted by First Quality Roofing & Insulation on Mar 2, 2018 8:47:03 AM

Like a growing number of Americans, you may be interested in having solar panels installed on your home. You love the idea of generating your own electricity while slashing your utility bill and doing your part to preserve natural resources. There's just one problem: you love the trees in your backyard, too. They provide shading in the summer and help keep your home cool, which helps keep your utility bills in check. However, the branches and leaves block sunlight from your roof, and since you know that direct sunlight produces the most energy for solar panels, you're in the midst of a full-on quandary: should you trim or remove trees for solar panels?

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Topics: solar panels