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Roofing gone green…solar shingles

Solar shingles are originally a development from the Dow Company (originally Dow Chemical Company) in 2005 although since then other companies have come out with versions of the same idea. But any way you consider solar shingles, they’re a great idea and one which has truly redefined the concept of ‘the roof’. “Solar shingles” is the name most commonly used for these devices but they are also referred to as ‘thin film cells’ or ‘building integrated photovoltaics’ (BIPV’s). They are not to be confused with “solar panels”. Solar panels are an earlier development even though they also can be and still are used ‘on the roof’. In fact, in some instances solar panels might be preferable to solar shingles. It depends on several factors one of which is the angle of the roof to the sun. Solar panels can be angled whereas solar shingles obviously cannot. Continue reading Roofing gone green…solar shingles

Stay green while improving your home

If you are looking to make home improvements but also want to help the environment then you are in luck. These days, there are a wide range of items for your home that are planet-friendly. Because of this, it has never been a better time to get on board. With so many options so readily available, you are going to be able to do your part. Prices are lower than ever as more products come out on a regular basis, so don’t worry about whether or not you can afford to make positive changes. There is something for every type of budget. Continue reading Stay green while improving your home