In this NBC news snippet, I talk about how solar energy growth isn't a fad and how Florida is not number #1 in terms of solar usage, YET, it is the Sunshine State!
We've been in the Solar Energy business for over 30 years, and we're definitely seeing a continued growth in our solar energy business.
Here's 9 ways you can conserve energy by switching to solar energy based solutions:
- Solar Pool Heater - save by using the sun to heat your pool!
- Solar Water Heater - save by using the power of the sun to heat your water!
- Solar Electric Photovoltaic System - save by powering your home with solar energy!
- Solar Lights - save by using natural light for your home!
- Solar Attic Fan - save by using the sun to pull heat from your home!
- Pool Automation - save by automating your chlorination, pump timing and heating!
If you have any questions about Solar Energy, or would like to learn more give us a call at (239) 574-1500.
We're very passionate about what we do, and would love to help you!
A photo of our building back in late 70's!
In 2002, I decided to renovate our 25 year old, Fafco Solar building in Cape Coral...
In doing so, I tried to use as many green products and practices as I could afford...
Problem #1: I didn’t know anything about green building.
Problem #2: I didn’t know anyone else who did.
So, I had to go to Sarasota to find someone who had some knowledge and experience with green building.
Unfortunately, after his one visit to my shop, he never called back and I could never get him to return my calls. So, I was forced to search for another builder.
Eventually, I decided to use a local builder.
One I was familiar with, even though he had no knowledge or experience in green building. I had known him and his wife for many years. They both knew my father and on occasion he played cards with him. They also knew my son. They had a good reputation and I liked them.
So, I educated myself a little and told my builder what I wanted in the building. He thought some of my green ideas were strange but he did as I requested. When all was done, I was happy with my decision.
Unknowingly, my decision to renovate my existing building, rather than move and build somewhere else, was my first green decision.
By far, the most visible and impressive green aspect of the building is the 21 solar lights (tubular skylights) installed throughout the building. They allow the employees to work in natural daylight almost all day long without using any electricity... and they love it.
It also is a great demonstration of a product we offer.
People who visit are usually quite surprised when we tell them there’s no electric lights on. Stop in and take a look for yourself when you’re in the neighborhood!
All interior walls were painted with no VOC paint. (That stands for volatile organic compounds.) It wasn’t hard to find...even in 2002. We just had to ask for it.
We sprayed foam under the roof and into the block walls of the air conditioned portion of the building. During construction, it was noticeably cooler under the foamed portion of the roof.
We reused lumber from the deconstruction of the old shop in the new offices.
We installed a tankless water heater to eliminate stand-by losses since we hardly ever use hot water.
We also installed a dual flush toilet, a water cooled air conditioner, low E windows, tile floors (except in two offices) and ceiling tiles made with partially recycled content.
On the outside, we planted native plants.
After moving into our newly renovated offices, we started improving our personal green habits, too. We, now, recycle almost all our paper, plastic, aluminum, glass and copper items.
Ultimately, my goal is to use zero fossil fuel within ten years. That would be a wonderful achievement! There’s still more to do, but we’re well on our way!
If YOU are interested in doing the same, contact me and we’ll make a plan to do it!
Energy independence is definitely possible!
For more information on green building, check out these links:
Have fun 'going green with renewable energy products', I sure did!
Can you believe that my dad, Ward Jr., started installing solar pool heaters here in Southwest Florida over 35 years ago?
Here I am with my dad, and grandpa, in 1978 celebrating the Grand Opening of our new store in Cape Coral - at the very location we're at today! ;)
Back in the day, it wasn't about 'going green' and 'renewable energy' - the gas crisis of the 70's made solar pool heating much more attractive.
I was fortunate enough to be invited by my dad to participate in this wonderful new technology!
Solar pool heating has always been the most economically viable form of solar energy. It's always made economic sense.
Today, 35 years later, we've expanded our products to include more than just solar pool heat - we also offer:
- Solar Electric Power (or as we call it, photovoltaic (PV) power)
What's interesting is how the use of solar energy plays a big role in our goals today relating to 'going green' and committing to a sustainable future...
Who knew this is where I'd be today!
I'm really excited that we're taking our business to a new level using the power of the Internet to help people just like you create your energy independence.
I'm extremely proud to introduce our new online initiatives:
- This very blog, GoSolarEnergyforLife
- Our Web Site, www.FafcoSolar.com
- Our LinkedIn Business Page, www.linkedin.com/companies/fafco-solar
I want to thank Charly, and his team at Internet Services Group of Florida, LLC, for helping create & deploy our online connection to you!
It's really important to me that you let me know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, as well.
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