China’s Options for Dealing with “Hot Money” Flows

Part 5 of China’s “Hot Money” Problems. If the Chinese government determines it is necessary to take action, it has a number of options on how to slow down the flow of “hot money.” However, each option has potentially negative side effects. Appreciate — or Depreciate — the RMB. An increase in the value of […]


Using Off-Peak Power to Heat Water

Part 4 of Energy-Efficient Water Heating. Most consumers use more hot water in the evenings and mornings than at other times of the day. For those who have an electric water heater, this usage contributes to the electric utility company’s “peak load,” or the largest amount of power demand that they have to meet on […]


Getting Help with a Solar Electric System

Part 17 of Get Your Power from the Sun. For more information on solar electric systems, please contact: National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) 1414 Prince Street Suite 200 Alexandria, Virginia 22314 Phone: 703-299-8800 • Fax: 703-299-6208 Check the Web site to find the contact for your state energy office, which typically promotes the […]


How much does a photovoltaic system cost?

Part 7 of Get Your Power from the Sun. No single answer applies in every case. But a solar rebate and other incentives can always reduce the cost. Your price depends on a number of factors, including whether your home is under construction and whether photovoltaic is integrated into the roof or mounted on top […]


How can I finance the cost of my solar thermal system? Are there incentives?

Part 6 of Heat Your Water With The Sun. Financing Financing the cost of your solar thermal system is not as tricky as it may seem. Although some special programs are available to help you purchase solar thermal technologies, most of the financing options are familiar ones. One common way to finance a solar system […]


How much money will my solar thermal system save, and how much will it cost?

Part 5 of Heat Your Water With The Sun. Your savings depend on how your solar system will be used, as well as the size and type of your system. Other factors can include the climate, the contractor, and the system rating. Your state may offer solar rebates or other incentives that will reduce costs. […]


Save Energy by Cooling Your Home Naturally

Part 7 of Cool Your Home Naturally. Using any or all of these strategies will help keep you cool. Even if you use air conditioning, many of these strategies, particularly reflecting heat and shading, will help reduce the energy costs of running an air conditioner. However, adopting all of these strategies may not be enough. […]