SandBox Solar: Solar Energy News

Stay up to date with our latest projects and learn about the benefits of going solar in Colorado. Our solar energy consultants will post pictures and stories of our work in Fort Collins, Greeley, and around the Front Range. We'll also provide insights into the renewable energy industry.

2018 Colorado Solar Tax Incentives and Rebates Explained

Posted in: Solar Info | Tags: , , , | November 13, 2018

Colorado Solar Tax Incentives

When you begin to look at investing in a solar system, you might have a bit of sticker shock initially. But the good news is that there are many Colorado Solar Tax Incentives and rebates for new systems that will help make your solar system possible. However, these incentives won’t be around forever! If you’re thinking about solar, don’t miss your chance to take advantage of these great solar tax incentives and rebates available in Colorado.

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7 Tips to Increase Your Home Energy Efficiency this Winter

Posted in: Homeowner | Tags: , , |

Home Energy Efficiency | Sandbox Solar

Our early snowstorm this fall and the cold nights we’ve been having in Northern Colorado remind us: winter is coming! In light of the new Time-of-Day pricing in Fort Collins and the added expense of heating your home during these colder months, use these tips to increase your home energy efficiency this winter:

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Environmental Impact of Solar

Posted in: Uncategorized | Tags: | October 10, 2018

Environmental Impact of Solar

There are many reasons to invest in solar panels – energy savings, energy independence, and to add value to your home. Another major reason is to help reduce your footprint and do your part to protect our environment. There are many harmful effects of climate change, which is caused in large part due to energy consumption, and one way to make a positive impact on this front is to add solar to your home or business. The positive environmental impact of solar can be immense, especially if the majority of buildings in a region adopt the technology.

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6 Reasons to Invest in Smart Home Technology

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Invest in Smart Home Technology

We’re lucky to live in a time when nearly everything is connected over the internet, and as a result, we can enjoy many comforts that previously were simply unavailable. With this newfound connectedness, homeowners are able to enjoy the many amenities provided by smart home technology. As this form of smart tech becomes more readily available, one of the most common questions we hear at Sandbox Solar is, “Should I invest in smart home technology?”

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Solar Maintenance Tips

Posted in: Solar Info | Tags: | August 30, 2018

Solar Maintenance Tips - Sandbox Solar

One of the best things about solar panels is the fact that they need very little maintenance and can last as long as 25 years on average. That being said, the better you care for your panels, the better your system will perform. Use these solar maintenance tips from your local Northern Colorado solar installer, Sandbox Solar, to care for your system:

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Homeowners: Be Prepared for Time-of-Day Pricing

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Time-of-Day Pricing | Sandbox Solar

In case you haven’t heard, the City of Fort Collins has released new Time-of-Day pricing, beginning in October 2018, that will greatly change how your bill is calculated. As you can see in this graphic, electricity used during peak hours, or hours in the evening, will cost you as much as 3x what it would normally run. Here at Sandbox Solar, we’re helping all Fort Collins Utilities users understand the implications of this change and how to avoid huge electricity bills. Read on to find out more:

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Energy Monitoring for Landlords – The Perfect Solution for Rental Properties

Posted in: Property Investment | August 8, 2018

Energy Monitoring for Landlords - Sandbox Solar

In case you haven’t heard, Fort Collins Utilities is in the process of making big changes to how energy bills will be calculated and assessed, starting in October 2018. The utility company will be employing a new residential rate structure that will be charging homeowners and tenants of rental properties different amounts for the energy based on when said energy is used. This means users will pay more for energy if it’s used during peak hours and less if the energy is used during non-peak hours. If you’re an investment property owner in Northern Colorado, now is the time to consider energy monitoring for landlords, because other utility companies may soon follow suit. It’s the perfect solution for rental properties in Northern Colorado as these changes begin to take place.  

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Solar Panels and Hail Damage: Can Solar Panels Be Damaged by Hail?

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Solar Panels and Hail Damage

If you’ve lived in Northern Colorado for very long, you know hailstorms are frequent and often times downright nasty. We frequently are asked about solar panels and hail damage, specifically, “Can solar panels be damaged by hail?” The short answer is this: not often! Solar panels are incredibly resistant to hail, and you don’t need to worry about the quality or longevity of your solar system in light of the wild weather we sometimes have in Northern Colorado.

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Energy-Efficient Summer Activities in Northern Colorado

Posted in: Green Activities | Tags: | July 24, 2018

Energy-Efficient Summer Activities in Northern Colorado

As your local, Northern Colorado solar company, Sandbox Solar is all for living green. We do everything we can to saving energy; we even like to be green while having fun. We’re lucky to live in Northern Colorado, where there’s plenty of biking, hiking, and other great outdoor activities that can all be done without using any energy. This summer, we challenge you to not only do things around the house to save energy like minding your AC, or considering solar but also to spend time engaging in green hobbies! Check out these Energy-Efficient Summer Activities in Northern Colorado! 

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Is My Home a Good Fit for Solar?

Posted in: Uncategorized | July 23, 2018

Is My House Right for Solar? - Sandbox Solar

Some of the most common questions we hear are, “Is my home right for solar?” or, “Is My Home a Good Fit for Solar?” These are valid questions you would want an answer to before moving forward since solar is a long-term investment. Before buying a solar system, it’s key to first determine if your roof is a good candidate for solar. In this blog we’ll answer your question, “Is my home a good fit for solar?” with a few general things to look for. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have specific questions about your home.

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