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#10 Replace your gas appliances with electric.

Natural gas and propane stoves can release carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and other harmful pollutants into the air, which can be toxic to people and pets. A new study out of UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, titled “Effects of Residential Gas Appliances on Indoor and Outdoor Air Quality and Public Health in California.” 

#9 Ensure your HVAC is working properly. 

Many efficient ventilation solutions recycle air to conserve energy, which is great for the environment but can move contaminated air around rather than cycling in new air, which can lead to a higher concentration of CO2. Replace your air filters and any other parts as needed to improve ventilation and lower CO2 levels in your home.

#8 Incorporate plants in your home.

Plants not only boost your mood, concentration, and creativity—not to mention provide stress relief—but greenery also helps purify the air by converting CO2 into oxygen and absorbing toxins. Red-edged dracaena, weeping fig, and bamboo palm are among the best indoor plants due to their air filtering capabilities.

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#7 Install a water recirculation pump.

A water recirculatinpump sends the cold water back to the water heater when waiting for the eater to heat up. An average home can save 11,000 gallons of water per year by installing a water recirculation pump. Install costs around $1,400 and saves about $1,400 over 10 years, so it pays for itself.

#6 Plant a garden at home.

Growing your own food helps you make better food choices. It improves mood, reduces stress, and is simple to do. It takes a little time, but things like tomatoes, lettuce, peppers — basic kitchen crops — are very forgiving. Really, anyone can learn to grow food pretty easily. Home gardens use less water than commercial farms, and home gardens also produce less CO2 emissions, when done right.

#5 Wash clothes in cold water.

Heating water accounts for 90% of a clothes washer’s energy use. Cold water cleans clothes just as well as hot water. Hot water will shrink your clothes, cause fading and wear them out faster, too. Hot water uses 4.5 kWh per load; cold uses 0.3 kWh per load. Also, front-loading wash machines use 40-75% less water and 30-85% less energy than top loaders. Expect to save over $200/year.

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#4 Go solar.

Save money, reduce CO2 emissions, and save water. A solar energy system can offset 100% of a home’s energy use. Solar power systems use 95% less water in the manufacturing process vs. coal, plus, do not require any water to generate electrticity. According to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, an acre of solar panels producing zero-emissions electricity saves between 267,526 to 303,513 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. 

#3 Consume less.

It really is that simple. We don;t need so much stuff that we have to rent a storage locker. Buy less stuff. You”ll spend less, feel more content, and reduce your carbon footprint. Less stuff in the lanfill.

#2 Repair the stuff you have.

Repair extends the useful lives of the products we buy. Again, we can save money, reduce emissions, love the items we have more, learn a new skill and gain confidence, reduce landfill waste. Repair your stuff.

#1 Read a book.

Did you know that we are subjeted to 4,000 to 10,000 ads each day all trying to get us to buy something? We see over 10X the ads a person did in the 1970’s. So, when I say “read a book” I realy mean, step away from the screens. Plus, a book can teach you how to fix stuff. Get the book from the library where it is free, and is reused over and over.

 Having siad that, here’s your 10,001 ad for the day: Fill out the Get A Quote form to see how a sustainable energy management system can help reduce your energy bill, add comfort, and save money.

Solarponics Advantage

Greater Value.

We now offer PEARL Home Certification to all our customers as part of our commitment to deliver the greatest products, service and value. PEARL certifies the value of your home improvement(s), creating value that you can bank on.


With 47 years in the solar business and over 5,500 solar installs, you can rest assured you're in good hands. Many of our employees have been with us over 10 years. That’s longer than most solar companies have been in business.


We are member/owners of Amicus, the nations largest solar co-op. As an Amicus Solar Cooperative member, you gain access to the best pricing, products, shared knowledge, and technology.

Click and zoom to see Solarponics customers in your neighborhood.


When it comes to solar energy systems and service, central coast residents trust Solarponics.

Kathy from San Luis Obispo says,

"Wow I can't say enough good things about Solarponics! They installed our solar, radiant heat floor and our Tesla battery. They always responded promptly to our questions. They are a wonderful company and easy to work with."

Thank you, Kathy, for your review.

When we install a sustainable energy system, we're installing forty-seven years of…Wow!

Don't just go solar. Go Solarponics.


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Solar Energy Incentives & Rebates

We identify and help you take advantage of any incentive and/or rebate that is available. Solarponics also occasionally has internal solar energy incentives and rebates. Your energy analyst will always present you with the best possible current incentive that you are eligible for to save you the most money.


Valid through 12-31-2032

In a stunning reversal of policy, the federal government extended the solar tax credit for two years, as part of the COVID 19 Relief bill.

The Solar Energy Investment Tax Credit is a dollar-for-dollar federal tax credit for solar energy system install on residential or commercial properties that is available through Dec. 31, 2032.The Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar energy will remain at 30% for all solar installs that become operational on or before  01-01-2032.

Call or click today for your free solar quote.

(805) 466-5595.

For more details, click here.

* Not all homeowners have the tax appetite to take full advantage of the federal investment tax credit. Please consult your tax professional.


Central Coast Community Energy (3C Energy) customers are eligible for up to a $2,400 rebate on a Level 2 EV charger installation. Final out of pocket costs are about $250 for the homeowner. Valid thru 09-30-2022  GET A QUOTE.

COMMERCIAL REBATES ARE GREATER. email todd@solarponics.comfor commercial sales.





A heat pump water heater with a solar PV system is a great energy saving, money saving combination. Great for a homeowner who is currently on natural gas, propane, or has an Solarponics heat pump water heaterolder electric water heater.

Get up to a $3,100 rebate when replacing an existing natural gas or propane water heater. CLICK HERE for a free quote.

Get up to $1,000 rebate when replacing an existing electric water heater with an energy efficient heat pump water heater.

  • Reduce your water-heating bill by up to 80%.
  • Prevent up to 4,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.
  • Cut propane costs by up to $1,000/year for a family of four.
  • When installed with a solar electric system, your water heating energy costs are zero.
  • Same footprint as traditional water heater.
  • Lasts twice as long as traditional tank heaters.

[†] Ask your tax advisor about possible federal tax credits.



Receive a $3500 to $4500 rebate on ENERGY STAR® Certified Solar Thermal Systems with a gas water heater backup. In addition, a brand new installation of an ENERGY STAR® Certified Water Heater in conjunction with the Solar installation is required. Limit one per household.

CLICK HERE for a free quote.

Valid thru 12-2022


All new applications go on a wait list.

Tesla Powerwall 2

Tesla Powerwall 2

Qualifying homes that are in a tier 1 or tier 2 fire zone, who install battery storage with solar are eligible for a state rebate of up to $1,720 per battery, in addition to the 26% federal tax credit (when installed with solar electric). Example: Tesla Powerwall costs about $18,995 to purchase the equipment and install. Rebates and tax credits reduce the final out of pocket cost to around $14,000, saving almost $6,000. Battery storage rebates are administered by the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). Rebates are tiered, and decline as available funding for the program is depleted.  Click here to request a free quote

Consult your tax professional regarding rebates and tax credits.



Solarponics offers discount group pricing to select businesses and their employees.

Call Solarponics and ask if your business is listed on our Employer Partners Discount Program. In many cases, if one or more employee(s) who work at a Partner company install solar, all employee receives a discount of about $400 average per system install (depending on system size). This discount is in addition to any state and federal rebate or tax incentive.

Click here to request a free quote.

Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Your solar energy analyst will present you with the discount, incentive or rebate that will save you the most money, maximizing your investment. Expires 12-31-2023.


Receive one FREE Panel with purchase of your Heliocol Solar Pool Heating System. The best just got better. Heliocol panels allow you to start your summer early and end your summer late. The Summer Savings offer is good for a limited time only, however, the extended swim season is available anytime.

System must be at least 300 square feet. Only available on Heliocol systems purchased between July 1 – August 31, 2018 and installed by September 30, 2018. Your Solarponics energy analyst will fill out and submit all necessary paperwork for your summer incentive FREE Heliocol panel.
Call your Solarponics energy analyst for a free quote. (805) 466-5595, or email

Plant-A-Tree 2030 Effort: 10,000 Trees Planted.

For every energy system we install, Solarponics is planting a tree on our customer's behalf. We have chosen to work thru One Tree for this effort. Our initial goal was to plant 1,000 trees. When we say "plant", we mean we donate the funds to cover the cost to plant one tree. One Tree Planted does the actual planting. We reached our goal on November 12, 2022. On Dec. 31, 2023, you have helped plant over 2,400 tree in California and the U.S.  Now we're going big. Our new goal is 10,000 trees planted in our nations forests by 2030. 

We must do something before it’s too late

Humankind is facing a crisis: our ability to survive and thrive at our curent living standards is at risk. Air and water pollution is rampant. Weather patterns are shifting at an alarming rate. Poverty is widespread. The entire globe is battling poor health for a number of reasons, and society as a whole is becoming more and more fractured. We can and will act locally to change the direction we are headed.

Solarponics is committed to addressing these problems through the installation of renewable energy, including solar PV, wind energy, solar water heating, and energy storage.
Our vision?
For every building and residence on the Central Coast to have a net-zero energy resource and consumption footprint.

One Tree Planted is committed to addressing these problems… through trees. Trees are an important part of the solution to many critical issues facing the planet and humankind. Since 2014, One Tree Planted has planted over 135.5 million trees with 378 partners across 82 countries in North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Eurpoe, and the Pacific.


An average 7kW solar energy system reduces 9,606 lbs of CO2 each year, the equivalent of planting 125 trees. One rooftop solar energy system really does lead to a significant environmental improvement.

Plant-A-Tree Effort - 50,000 lb CO2 sequesteded since 2022

For every system we install, Solarponics is planting a tree on our customers' behalf. We have chosen to work thru One Tree for this effort. Our original goal was to plant 1,000 trees. When we say "plant", we mean we donate the funds to cover the cost to plant one tree. One Tree Planted does the actual planting. We reached our 1,000 tree goal on Nov 18, 2022. By the end of 2023, we planted over 2,700 trees. Our new goal is to plant 10,000 trees by the end of 2030.

Solarponics is committed to addressing environmental issues facing us through the installation of sustainable energy products, including solar PV, wind energy, water heating, and energy storage. Our vision? For every building and residence on the Central Coast to have a net-zero energy resource and consumption footprint.

One Tree Planted is committed to addressing issues such as climate, wildlife habitat, CO2 sequestration… through trees. One Tree Planted has planted  over 135.5 million trees with 378 partners across 82 countries in North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific.


An average 9kW solar energy system saves the average homeowner upwards of $65,000 over the life of the system. 

Jokes from a solar energy nerd...

“Just opened my water bill and my electricity bill at the same time… I was shocked.”

Jokes from a solar energy nerd...

“A surge of electricity walks into a bar. The barman says, “why the long phase?”

Jokes from a solar energy nerd...

“What do wind turbines talk about? Nothing special. They just shoot the breeze.”

Jokes from a solar energy nerd...

“A sweater I bought was picking up static electricity. So, I returned it to the store. They gave me another one free of charge.”

Jokes from a solar energy nerd...

“I caught my friend harassing some electricity. I told him it was an abuse of power.”