Bundle Up and Get Ready for the FPL Solar Rebates

Interested in a New Year's Savings Resolution?  To celebrate 2015, you can purchase a complete solar powered water heater along with a solar attic fan/ventilation system at the lowest price of the year.  This bundle offer comes at just the right time, as FPL is opening its application process for solar rebates on January 14th.

Call us today to get more details on pricing and incentives and to schedule your appointment for a free estimate to take advantage of our complete solar hot water and solar attic fan systems at bundle pricing.  These combined energy efficient installations will make an impact on your utility bill and provide other long term benefits.

Save the date! Beginning January 14th, FPL will offer its solar rebates to those who qualify, but if you are interested you must begin the application process with a licensed solar installer. Do not wait to obtain the needed information from Wayne's Solar as these incentives will go quickly, and there is no guarantee that FPL will offer them again.

Learn more about solar hot water heating systems for Central Florida homes and businesses.

Learn more about solar attic fan ventilation systems for Central Florida homes.

Contact Wayne's Solar to find out more about our New's Years Savings Bundle.

Solar Florida Blog Celebrates Five Years

On November 2, 2009, we made our very first Solar Florida blog post, which means this source of solar business and industry information has been going strong for five years now!  With a readership of over 17,000 page views to date, we think this blog has been a success in distributing the facts about green home design and sustainable energy efficiency.

Also interesting have been the most popular blog posts as time has gone by.  Here are the top five in five years of publication:

Why choose a salt water pool over traditional chlorine? - With over 3,500 views of this blog post, it is apparent that many people are wondering the answer to this question.

Solar Hot Water Heaters For All Florida Climates - A very basic breakdown of the one solar upgrade you can make to your home that can save you up to a third on electricity.

Passive vs. Active Solar Hot Water Heater Systems - Did you know there were two different ways to heat your water using solar energy?  This explains the difference.

The Coolest Green Design Element: Sun Tunnel Skylights - If you have never seen these in action, you will be amazed at the level of light they create.

The Ideology of Solar: An Interview with Wayne Phillips - This recent post is climbing fast on the list of the most popular blog articles.

What else would you like to read about on Solar Florida?  Contact us at Wayne's Solar and let us know your questions about solar pool heating, photovoltaic electric systems for your home or business, and more.

Patrick Schmidt Keeps Running for Wayne's Solar

Patrick Schmidt, representing Wayne's Solar, participated in the Swamp House Half Marathon in DeBary recently.  He also ran a 15K race in Philadelphia on August 24th, coming in at 9th place overall and 1st in his age group.  Patrick also ran another challenging half marathon in Massachusetts over the summer.

Coming up, this runner of distinction has a marathon in Atlanta on Oct. 25, a half marathon at Disney's Wine & Dine on Nov. 8th, and the Space Coast marathon on Nov. 30th.  He will most likely qualify for the Boston marathon at the Space Coast marathon, and Patrick and Wayne's Solar are especially excited for this!

In addition, Wayne's Solar is partnering with Wells Fargo this month to offer an amazing September Special: 15 Months No Interest Financing! Regular Payments Required. With Approved Credit. Contact us today to apply and start saving today with a solar system or other installation from Wayne's Solar. Available through September 30th, 2014.

Variable Speed Pool Pumps are Game Changers

What burns up the second largest amount of electricity in your home aside from the heating and air conditioning unit?  If you have a pool with an old pump, there's your answer.  We kid you not: upgrading to a new variable speed pool pump can save you as much as 90 percent of your energy costs on this necessity of owning a pool.

Wayne's Solar features the Hayward EcoStar variable speed pool pump as our chosen product in this category for energy efficiency, available for both new pools and retrofits.  As of December 11, 2011, all new pool pumps installed or replaced in Florida need to adhere to certain guidelines so not only are you getting up to code but you are saving yourself a ton of money.

Why install the Hayward EcoStar variable speed pool pump?

It is the most energy efficient pool pump on the market today, Energy Star-rated and backed by one of the best warranties in the industry.

Instead of running continuously like old fashioned single speed pumps, the EcoStar flows at perfectly timed increments customized to that particular pool's needs.

The user interface with its self-contained 24 hour clock is easily accessed and programmable.  The device's service mode makes cleaning the pool simple for you or your cleaning company.

Old pumps burn more energy than all other appliances in the home combined (aside from HVAC).  You will save money and can be assured your pool use is more environmentally friendly.

You can place the controls in a convenient location, even on a wall for ease of use.  Timer and speed functions have many different variations so your pool pump is running optimally.

This highly energy efficient pool pump can be installed by Wayne's Solar along with your solar pool heating system, salt water chlorination, and other pool automation, so your pool is assured the highest level in green technology.

If you live in Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, Seminole, or Volusia Counties, contact Wayne's Solar today to find out more about variable speed pool pumps and to receive your free energy analysis and estimate on solar for your home or business.

The Ideology of Solar: An Interview with Wayne Phillips

Wayne Phillips is the founder and owner of Wayne's Solar, an Ormond Beach-based full service green energy solutions provider.  

Wayne has been in the solar business since 1983.  His company currently serves customers in Duval, Volusia, Flagler, St. Johns, Putnam, and Clay Counties, Florida.

1) You celebrated 30 years in the solar industry last year - what was your occupation before you got into solar? 

Previous to my solar career I spent many years as a land surveyor.

2) How did you get into solar thermal pool heating and what was the business like in those early days?

While living in Ormond Beach I met a neighbor who had just moved into his home; he was already established in the solar industry and I started to talk to him about heating my swimming pool. After learning about the process and purchasing my own heater I was convinced that solar had a tremendous future. The ideology of solar heating is the same back then as it is now, but in today's market the products and materials are much better and the amount of residential solar products available has expanded.

3) Did you have any idea that solar energy solutions would become so popular?

Back when I entered the market I just had a gut feeling that solar products and systems were going to expand. It was a money saving system that fit a need. With that said I had no idea to the extent solar solutions would become.

4) You and Pat have a highly energy efficient home yourself - what all do you have installed at this point?

For my house I have in place every solar product that we offer our customers. That includes a solar electric (or photovoltaic) system for electric power, a solar hot water system for everyday house hot water, solar pool heating for the swimming pool, solar attic ventilation to help cool the attic of my home, as well as solar lighting to brighten up some of my darker rooms without having to turn on energy consuming lights.

5) What's the size of your home and the lowest energy bill you have had so far?

My home has a foot print of 2,100 square feet and my lowest energy bill to date has been $18.00

6) What in your opinion is the perfect temperature for a heated pool and a spa?

The "perfect" temperature for a swimming pool or spa is very subjective. My personal comfort level is around 86 degrees for the pool and 101 degrees for the spa.

7) What do you plan to install next in your green powered home?

I already have every solar product available on my home, but I have always been intrigued with wind production. Currently in Florida we have an obstacle for wind systems due to the hurricane wind factors that we must account for. We are working on a solution for this now.

8) Do you have any new products you are excited about offering to your customers?

There are two new products that we have had a lot of success with already. The first is the new variable speed pool pump that simply slows the flow of water down and in return uses less power, and the other is a high efficiency pool/spa pump that can capture free heat from the pump motor and transfer that heat it to the water.

9) What do you think is coming up next for the solar industry - any surprises in store?

New solar products on the horizon include an increase in the power potential of the solar electric panels. The panels keep adding more efficiency where we can produce double the power with that same size panel from a few years ago. We are also seeing a lot of effort to make solar products easier to monitor and manipulate. Some software is already available, and some will be out soon, which allows home owners to control the temperatures of the pool with smart phones and laptops. Right now you can monitor any of our solar electric systems to see exactly how much power it is producing at any given moment.

10) All of your solar products are made in the USA - what is your opinion of the solar panels made in China we keep hearing about?

China is a large producer of solar electric panels and those panel do perform out of the box. They use cheaper materials and package a panel for less money. It is no different then the other products China builds and imports to our country. The problems come with the panels longevity and break down. If you use cheaper internal materials to build the panel, as those materials prematurely break down, the panel loses it power potential. Internal components such as the ingots, the silicone chips, the resin, glass, and the semiconductors used have to be of top quality standards or the panel will fail in Florida's climate.

11) Your company has virtually no employee turnover - what is your secret to finding great workers and keeping them?

One underrated strategy we utilize for our staff and hiring procedures is input from our current employees. We find that good quality people tend to stick together. When we need to expand our staff, we talk to our qualified employees first to see if they know a good candidate to join our team. Of all our hiring strategies, this one by far has given us the best results. The reason we have such great employee retention is that we treat every employee with tremendous respect, we teach them a valuable skill set, and we try to add the element of fun which often gets lost when work is so busy. We want them to genuinely appreciate the job they were given as much as I appreciate their efforts.

12) Where do you see yourself and your company 30 years from now?

In 30 years obviously I see myself retired. If the company continues to grow like it has previously I can only imagine how large we will be. My plan is to turn this corporation over to the employees that helped us grow and become what we are. Although I think it will be hard to let go completely of something that I created, I feel that I will always be a part of this, even if its in the background of the operation.