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Solar Companies

3 Drawbacks to Leasing Solar Panels

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There are many high pressure solar companies out there pushing a solar lease and homeowners may not fully understand what they are getting into, says Burnett. (Photo courtesy of SolarCraft)
There are many high pressure solar companies out there pushing a solar lease and homeowners may not fully understand what they are getting into, says Burnett. (Photo courtesy of SolarCraft)

Leasing solar panels may sound like a nice way to get green energy into your home, but count the cost before you sign that lease instead of buying outright.

Discounts, tax incentives fuel solar energy interest in the Carolinas

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Solar panels can be an investment that pays for itself in 7 to 10 years. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ruthy B.)
Solar panels can be an investment that pays for itself in 7 to 10 years. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Ruthy B.)

A non-profit pro-solar energy group is making Charlotte greener, one roof at a time, with info on and discounts for solar panels, energy bills and tax credits.

Who should I hire to install solar panels on my roof?

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When it's time to install solar panels on your roof, make sure a qualified contractor with waterproofing and roofing experience is involved, says Leeds. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Clint T. of Phoenix)
When it's time to install solar panels on your roof, make sure a qualified contractor with waterproofing and roofing experience is involved, says Leeds. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Clint T. of Phoenix)

On this episode of Chat with the Experts, we talk with Trevor Leeds of Chandler's Roofing about proper methods for installing solar panels on your roof.

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Generator Repair

ComEd forced to pay damages to Chicago-area customers who lost power in storms

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Losing power for even more than a few hours can wipe out the entire contents of a homeowners' refrigerator. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michael S.)
Losing power for even more than a few hours can wipe out the entire contents of a homeowners' refrigerator. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Michael S.)

Following an appellate court ruling, Illinois' largest power provider may be on the hook for $30 million in damages from July 2011 storms that left thousands without electricity for days.

Backup electric generator interest surges after storm power outages

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Winds clocked at over 90 mph toppled trees like this one in Plainfield, Illinois. About 225,000 ComEd customers lost power as a result of the June 30 storm. (Photo by Steven Jack)
Winds clocked at over 90 mph toppled trees like this one in Plainfield, Illinois. About 225,000 ComEd customers lost power as a result of the June 30 storm. (Photo by Steven Jack)

Chicago residents left without power days after a storm? If only they installed a backup electric generator to restore power immediately. Here's what one costs.

Generator installation: avoid a costly electrical disaster

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Hiring an electrical contractor as opposed to someone who deals solely in generators can help you avoid frustrating mistakes during installation, says Angeloszek. (Photo courtesy of CT Electrical Services)
Hiring an electrical contractor as opposed to someone who deals solely in generators can help you avoid frustrating mistakes during installation, says Angeloszek. (Photo courtesy of CT Electrical Services)

Homeowners have many choices when investing in a generator, but this range of options also causes problems. Learn how to avoid electrical installation problems.

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