Assisted Living in a New Light

Assisted Living in a New Light

Assisted Living facility administrators and operators are always on the hunt for the next big thing that will both improve resident experience and operational efficiency. Residents and their families choose facilities based on various factors, but comfort and price always seem to rise to the top in terms of importance.

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Solar Safety for Flood Affected Systems

Solar Safety for Flood Affected Systems


Do you have a solar electric system on your home? Has it been damaged by the recent flooding in Louisiana? Whether you are a homeowner, a volunteer, or a worker, if you encounter a solar electric system while working on a flood-damaged home it is important that you identify and deactivate the solar components until they can be professionally inspected. These components could cause a hazard if they have been damaged by flood waters and are reactivated without proper inspection or servicing.  

If possible, identify the individual or company that installed the system and call them for further assistance.  If that individual or company is not available for any reason, call Joule Energy at (504)-586-0625 or email support@joule-energy.com for assistance.

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The bright side: How to determine light quality for led lighting

The bright side: How to determine light quality for led lighting

Measuring light quality can be tricky, because there is no sliding scale or single measurement that determines which light is best for your space. There are multiple factors to consider, including the total output, spread, color, and color rendering potential of an LED light, and each comes with its own unit of measurement and considerations. Below, we detail each of these factors and tell you which metrics to focus on in order to figure out which light fixture is best for your facility.

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How to maximize your building's energy savings

How to maximize your building's energy savings

Say your business wants to be carbon neutral. There are unlimited ways to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, so prioritizing solutions can seem overwhelming. Is it better to focus on upgrading your vehicle fleet, or tweaking your purchasing practices? 

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How to choose the right LED installer for your business

How to choose the right LED installer for your business

At this point, you probably know a thing or two about LED lighting. You may know that LEDs are up to 80% more efficient than traditional light bulbs, last up to 25 times longer, can decrease your maintenance costs, reduce your electricity bill, and increase your quality 

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Why external lighting is important, and how to do it right

Why external lighting is important, and how to do it right

When it comes to upgrading your outdoor lighting to LED, the available fixtures come in many shapes and sizes, and can also differ substantially in price and quality. With such a large number of options, how do you even begin to plan an exterior lighting upgrade? And which fixtures are worth buying? Find the answers to these questions and more below.
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Can LEDs live forever? The long and short of it

Can LEDs live forever? The long and short of it

One of the major advantages of LED lighting is its long lifetime when compared with traditional fixtures. But how much longer will LEDs last? And are there differences from one LED fixture to the next? Do they burn out all at once or fade slowly over time? Below, 

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How Heat and Humidity Affect LED Lighting in the Gulf South

How Heat and Humidity Affect LED Lighting in the Gulf South

Here in the Gulf South, the nearly year-round heat and humidity can affect everything from our hairstyles to our air conditioning costs. But does it affect our buildings and the improvements we make to them? Absolutely, but that doesn’t mean we should forgo energy efficiency 

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What you lose by going with cheap LED lighting

What you lose by going with cheap LED lighting

An LED is an LED, right? Actually, unlike with other types of commercial light fixtures, LEDs of different models and brands can have vastly different levels of quality, and thus, prices. But is one LED fixture that is 25% more expensive than another fixture really 25% better? 

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5 trends in LED lighting, and why LEDs are dominating the industry

5 trends in LED lighting, and why LEDs are dominating the industry

By now, you may have heard about the rise of LED lighting, as well as several of its benefits. Many clients switch to LEDs because they help reduce overall energy consumption and maintenance costs. And because of their customizability, including color-changing capability, 

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5 reasons CREE leaves other LED lighting companies in the dust

5 reasons CREE leaves other LED lighting companies in the dust

LEDs, or light emitting diodes, are a not-so-new technology that has been revolutionizing the lighting industry as we know it. While these fixtures have long been more efficient than comparable incandescent bulbs, due to the fact that they produce very little waste 

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You have the power: Tracking solar production with monitoring systems

You have the power: Tracking solar production with monitoring systems

So you've gotten your solar panels installed and your net meter hooked up, but what's next? You could sit back and wait until your first electricity bill to calculate the savings from your solar system, or you could take a look at your handy monitoring portal and get 

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Installing 10 MW of Solar: What this means for Louisiana

Installing 10 MW of Solar: What this means for Louisiana

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to announce that Joule Solar Energy has installed over 10 MEGAWATTS of solar power! But seriously, we officially surpassed 10 MW of installed solar at the end of August. With over 1,400 solar installations across 

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Is net metering in jeopardy? A how-to on Louisiana policy

Is net metering in jeopardy? A how-to on Louisiana policy

Have you ever wondered how utility companies track how much solar energy is going back to the grid? Well the answer lies in a handy device known as a net meter. The net meter tracks your unused kWh by measuring the excess energy being sent back to the grid.

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Why sustainable practices are good for business (and how we do it)

Why sustainable practices are good for business (and how we do it)

If you’ve had a conversation with any of our Joule Solar Specialists, you may have walked away wondering how they know so much about solar and, more importantly, how they remain so passionate. The answers are obviously unique to each of my co-workers, but there is a

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The Perfect Storm: Increasing resilience with solar and battery backups

The Perfect Storm: Increasing resilience with solar and battery backups

In the decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, there has been a lot of local discussion about resiliency and disaster preparedness, as well as multiple initiatives that strive to prevent, mitigate, and better respond to disasters. What we've also seen 

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With solar, you may save more than you think (and how to calculate it)

With solar, you may save more than you think (and how to calculate it)

Your solar system is a quiet ally. It’s not fancy or flashy, unless you are into high-tech photovoltaics.  It doesn’t get celebrity endorsements, although some celebrities have invested in systems on their own roofs (yes, we're talking about Tom Brady).  And it can’t remind you to pick

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How to get

How to get "Tesla-ready" with solar (and 3 reasons why it matters)

There has been a lot of buzz lately about a topic that doesn’t normally get a lot of buzz: battery backups. Specifically, the Tesla Powerwall battery. Immediately following the battery’s launch in early May, over 38,000 orders have poured in from people

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The best inverter for your solar system (it may not be what you think)

The best inverter for your solar system (it may not be what you think)

The inverter (or inverters) your solar system uses is the under-appreciated sidekick for those sleek photovoltaic panels on your roof. Like the Watson to a Sherlock, the inverter takes all of the amazing work going on at the forefront of the operation and turns it into something

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True Solar Story: 103-year-old antique dealer goes 21st-century solar

True Solar Story: 103-year-old antique dealer goes 21st-century solar

Typical depictions of solar systems focus on the largest and smallest of clients. Wide-angled images of utility-scale plants disappearing into the horizon, as well as 30-panel systems atop suburban homes (often positioned behind smiling suburban families), abound on company

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How to choose the solar panel that's right for your installation

How to choose the solar panel that's right for your installation

As we dig deeper into the solar system design process, things can get complicated.  For one, choosing a solar panel comes with a lot of considerations of value, efficiency, and power.  With so many solar panel manufacturers out there, how could anyone possibly

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What to expect when you're expecting solar, from survey to net meter

What to expect when you're expecting solar, from survey to net meter

Congratulations, you have decided to go solar and are now waiting on your installation process to begin. You're probably thinking, "What happens now?" Because while the process for going solar is relatively simple, it isn't as instantaneous as driving a new car off the lot.

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How to choose the right solar installer for your business

How to choose the right solar installer for your business

Before going solar, it's important to research your installer as well as the technical aspects of your system, such as your equipment brands and potential energy production. However, meaningful research into solar companies often comes 

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The true cost of installing solar for your business

The true cost of installing solar for your business

Business owners who are interested in going solar are often hesitant, claiming that installing a system seems "too expensive." If the company is already paying for electricity from a utility, solar power may seem like an unnecessary expense. Or the company could be in the

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Why Amicus Cooperative is the perfect solar partnership

Why Amicus Cooperative is the perfect solar partnership

Joule's team recently had the opportunity to join our colleagues at the Amicus Solar Cooperative semi-annual meeting. The group, which is a collective of 33 independent solar power companies, is dedicated to sharing best practices. We’re proud to be part of Amicus

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