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The Ultimate Guide to Solar Energy in Orlando Florida

May 24th, 2017 by tisner

With Florida on record as one of the sunniest states in the United States, logic follows that it’s also a key player in the solar energy industry. With solar jobs soaring and the sunlight flowing, The Sunshine State is definitely a hot spot for solar production.

A natural tourist destination, not only for its amusement attractions, but also for its weather, Orlando, Florida has seen substantial growth in solar interest in recent years. With a total of 236 days per year with sun, and solar energy installation prices significantly dropping every year, Orlando is prime real estate for solar energy generation.

Annual Climate

An average of 5.5 sun hours per day and 65% of the days being sunny per year, if you live in Orlando and are interested in installing solar panels on your home, you’re in luck. Some of the top solar companies in the industry are operating in your hometown. Not only is the price right (or better than it was a mere five years ago), but the incentives and rebates for installing solar panels on your home abound. Though it may seem like a lot of money up front, you’ll be rolling in energy savings in no time. And the less you have to rely on the grid for energy, the less money you’re shelling out to power companies per month.

Benefits of Going Solar in Orlando

You’ve seen the uptick of solar panel installation around Orlando. And, you’ve heard that even Disney World is partially powered by solar energy. Surely there are benefits to going solar. . .right? Absolutely! Being one of the sunniest cities in the nation, if you live in Orlando and are thinking about solar energy, consider this:

  • You can significantly limit your dependence on utility companies. Some people cut out the need for the utility companies all together.
  • Don’t be frightened by the cost. Instead, consider the return on investment in just a few short years. Most homeowners who install solar panels in their homes can expect an average of a 20% return on investment.
  • Your property value will instantly increase.
  • You’ll directly be contributing to reducing your carbon footprint through the use of clean energy.
  • On a larger scale, you’ll play a key role in the United States’ reduction on reliance on foreign oil. Needless to say, you’ll play an indirect role in benefiting the economy, the job market, and economic stability.

What Can You Expect to Save?

If you’re an Orlando resident and thinking of installing solar panels at your home, the great news is that you’ll start saving a significant amount – nearly $730 in the first year (approximately $60 per month)  – off your electricity bill. Even better than that? The amount you save will only increase year over year. On average, for Orlando residents,  yearly savings with solar energy systems is $1,100 per year.

Let’s take a look at an example. The average size of a residential solar system is 5 kW and the average cost of this size system is a little over $16,000. Based on average electricity costs in Orlando, available tax credits, loan options, and rebates, you’ll get nearly $5,000 back in the first year alone. Let’s face it, there aren’t many incentives like that around. Couple that with the fact that you’ll constantly be saving money each year until your system is paid off, and that once it’s paid off, you’ll be experiencing pure profit, and solar energy sounds pretty promising!

Driving Down Your Costs

Let’s break it down a little more. If you’re an Orlando resident, what kind of rebates and credits are available?

$9,409 Federal Tax Incentive
  • The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 allowed for a 30% tax credit for installation of a solar energy system for all systems placed in service by December 31, 2016. Even though this rebate had recently expired, the federal government introduced an extension until December 31, 2019.
  • The Florida Renewable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency Act provides state-level rebates and incentives for installation of a solar system.
  • The Orlando Utilities Commission offers a rebate up to $900 for installing a solar energy system in your home.
  • If you are a Florida resident, you are exempt from paying state sales and use tax on your solar energy systems and related products.
  • You are eligible for an up to $1,000 rebate from select power companies.
  • Lastly, net metering is allowed within the state of Florida. Living in Orlando, installing a solar system, but still opting to be connected to the grid? That’s great news for you. Any unused solar energy generated from your personal system can be fed back into the grid and the utility company will give you credit for the solar power. What does this mean? Even if you use power from the grid, your monthly utility bill could be $0 based on energy credits provided by your local utility company.

Orlando Solar Companies

It’s no doubt that Orlando has experienced a boom in the number of available solar jobs. Some of the highest rated solar energy companies in Orlando, according to Yelp, include:

  • Everything Solar
    • “Turning Daylight into Dollars” is this company’s logo. A licensed Florida solar company, this full service technology company has been designing, servicing, and installing solar systems for over 20 years in the greater Orlando area, including Volusia, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and Polk counties.
  • Superior Solar
    • Specializing in solar electric, solar pool heating, and solar hot water, this Central Florida company claims to “shrink your energy bills” and was named as the #1 Solar Contractor in Central Florida by Solar Power World.
  • Simply Solar Services
    • This Florida-based, design-build firm specializes  in Solar Power for commercial and residential applications, offering innovated and tailored designs plus accurate installations.
  • Universal Solar
    • This company is dedicated to helping you save money and helping the environment. Universal Solar specializes in residential and commercial solar systems, including solar electric, solar hot water, and solar heating for pools. They serve all of Central Florida – Orlando, Kissimmee, Windermere, Mt. Dora, Sanford, and beyond.
  • Bob Heinmiller Solar Solutions
    • Orlando Florida’s Solar Solutions provider, Bob Heinmiller has over 20 years experience as a licensed and insured Air Conditioning and Electrical Contractor serving the greater Orlando area and is also an authorized installer for Solarworld solar products for homes and businesses.
  • Solar-Ray Inc.
    • Solar-Ray Inc. is the only NABCEP accredited photovoltaic installation company in FLORIDA! And one of only 6 in the USA.

However, if you’re not satisfied with this selection, know that there are 20+ solar companies servicing the Orlando area.

In general, the use of solar energy can benefit Orlando residents in a number of different ways: a.) using solar energy to power your water heater; b.) using solar energy to heat your swimming pool; c.) using solar energy to power your house; and d.) using solar energy to power attic ventilation fans.

While each company is different, most companies will offer a couple of different payment options for installing a residential solar energy system. The most common methods of payment include:

  • Purchasing it outright
  • Financing your system

If you opt to finance your system (which most people do because of the upfront cost associated with paying for your panels), solar loans are a popular option. Similar to a car loan, solar loans are actually the best option to go. The difference? When you pay back a car loan, you are paying down the debt. With a solar loan, you are paying down the debt, but you’re also making money on top of it based on your monthly energy savings. Another great benefit? You still get to participate in all of the available rebates and incentives – having a solar loan does not make you exempt from enjoying those benefits. It’s a win-win situation for all.

By and photo credit: evergreensolar.com/installers/FL/orlando

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Things To Do Orlando: 30th Annual Orlando Carnival

May 22nd, 2017 by tisner

Orlando Carnival

May 28, 2017

12:00 PM to 10:00 PM

1 Citrus Bowl Place
Orlando, FL 32805

 The Original Orlando Carnival Association will host the 30th annual Orlando Carnival. Carnival is a family-friendly festival filled with pageantry and a weekend of parties will celebrate the culture of the Caribbean. Festival goers are in for a great treat. The Carnival Celebration includes music, arts and crafts vendors and more.

EVENT WEBSITE

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Kissimmee FL Home For Sale: 1935 Grove Ct

May 5th, 2017 by tisner

Kissimmee FL Home For Sale:

1935 Grove Ct, Kissimmee FL 34746

MLS# O5506507

VIRTUAL TOUR

You have found a hidden gem full of sophistication. A one of a kind private paradise designed by a World Class architect. A short drive down the private lane to tranquility and privacy. You will be greeted by Four Seasons comfort and a large front porch fit for summer day dreaming. The main floor offers a fabulous flow for entertaining yet quietly enveloping for daily living with gleaming ceramic wood floors. A forgotten elegance returns to mealtime as guests leisurely dine. A Zen den is waiting as a private office or guest room. The kitchen by GE Profile will inspire the chef in your family. Space? Need to stretch out and relax? This family room will inspire. Stay awhile the center courtyard has plenty of room to entertain in uncrowded comfort. The main suite provides a soothing oasis of special conveniences, an inviting personal retreat with a luxurious bath. Wait until you see the upstairs living retreat. The spacious family room designed for informal gatherings is “out of sight”! This will be the “fun center” for you and your guests. A 2nd Master complete with full bath and walk-in closet. Extend your enjoyment to the backyard, set up an outdoor screen for movie watching, sip lemonade by the solar heated pool or host a BBQ on the expansive patio. Make a splash or relax with casual poolside living. This backyard is big enough for croquette or badminton. This home is a must see and sure to be an experience you will not soon forget. Complete with Beauty Warmth and Value don’t miss out! Come look inside today.

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The Disney Castle by LEGO Now Available At Disney Parks

December 13th, 2016 by tisner

The Disney Castle by the LEGO Group is now available in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks. This highly detailed model contains over 4,000 pieces and comes with an array of exciting Disney-themed features and functions. We recently used some Disney magic to see how quickly we could build this incredible new model.

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Things To Do Orlando: Christmas in the Park

November 28th, 2016 by tisner

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  • December 01, 2016

Description: Kick off the holiday season in Winter Park at the Morse Museum as it lights up the Tiffany windows in Central Park and presents the Bach Festival Choir and Brass Ensemble in concert. This December is the 38th annual celebration of Christmas in the Park, an event started by Hugh and Jeannette McKean, the Morse Museum’s benefactors, in 1979 as a way to share a part of their rare Tiffany collection with the public in an informal setting.

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Things To Do Orlando: Winter Walking Tours- BOK Tower Gardens

November 21st, 2016 by tisner

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When: Starts Nov. 25. Sundays, 2 p.m. and Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m. Continues through Jan. 8, 2017

Price: $12-$18

Location: 1151 Tower Boulevard
Lake Wales, Florida 33853-3470

Celebrate the holiday season with festive events at Bok Tower Gardens, including the Holiday Home Tour at Pinewood Estate, special carillon concerts, winter garden tours, poinsettia displays, and much more!

Volunteer garden guides lead visitors on an hour-long winter walking tour, sharing information about the winter flora and fauna.

See links below for information about the Winter Walking Tour and other holiday events happening at Bok Tower Gardens.

Bok Tower Gardens

Winter Walking Tour

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Things To Do Orlando: ICE! At Gaylord Palms

November 14th, 2016 by tisner

ICE at Gaylord Palms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 18, 2016 – January 01, 2017

  • Location: Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
  • Address: 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746
  • Time: Hours Vary
  • Admission: Adult Online Advance Purchase: $28.99, Child Online Advance Purchase: $14.99; Senior Online Advance Purchase: $26.99, Adult: $29.99; Child: 16.99, Senior: $28.99
  • Phone: 407-586-4423
  • Event Website
  • Buy Tickets

Description: Explore ICE at Gaylord Palms annual ice attraction. This year watch Charlie Brown discover the meaning of Christmas through the interactive hand-carved ice sculptures and displays. Stare in wonder at the award-winning attraction carved by a team of 40 skilled artisans using 2 million pounds of ice.

 

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Windermere Real Estate Market Report for October 2016

November 8th, 2016 by tisner
The Windermere Real Estate Market Trends Report shows the average sales price was $618,207 in Oct 2016 compared to $521,955 in Oct 2015. Homes were on the market for an average of 96 days compared to 91 days last year. Homes sold for 97% of the list price.

Windermere Real Estate Market Report for October 2016

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Kissimmee Real Estate Market Report for October 2016

November 8th, 2016 by tisner
The Kissimmee Real Estate Market Trends Report for 34741 shows 43 homes sold in Oct 2016 compared to 41 in Oct 2015. The average sales price was $161,153 compared to $131,199 in Oct 2015 and homes were on the market an average of 56 days, up from 49 days in Oct 2015.

Kissimmee Real Estate Market Report for October 2016

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Celebration Real Estate Market Report for October 2016

November 8th, 2016 by tisner

The Celebration Real Estate Market Trends Report for 34747 shows 90 homes sold in Oct 2016 compared to 70 in Oct 2015. The average sales price was $316,149 compared to $257,288 in Oct 2015 and homes were on the market an average of 106 days, up from 86 days in Oct 2015.

Celebration Real Estate Market Report for October 2016

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