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Making Solar Power Work In Your San Francisco Home

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Solar power has become an increasingly popular option in San Francisco. Residents are looking for lifestyle changes that include reducing their carbon footprints at cost saving benefits. San Francisco's solar energy contractors offer service and product solutions along with tax credits and state rebates, making the transition affordable. According to solar energy installer Brendan Maloney, San Francisco resident rebates are $2,000 per system plus $750 if using a local installer. Here are some local companies that can guide you through making your home more green.

Brendan Maloney Electric
(415) 424-5284

With 18 years of experience in all areas of residential and commercial work, Brendan Malony is qualified and knowledgeable in solar power installation. According to Brendan, roof space and its direction are necessary considerations for residential solar installations. Of course, cost varies depending on specific needs, but residents can estimate $30,000 for a 3KW system in a standard home. Homes range from 1,000 to 5,000 watt systems.

Cherin's Appliance
727 Valenica St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 864-2111

Hours: Tues to Fri - 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun to Mon - Closed

Cherin's Appliance was founded over 100 years ago and is managed by three generations of the Cherin family, so they are grounded in the community. Cherin's prides itself on its wide variety of appliance brands, fair prices and level of service to contractors, architects, property managers and individual residents, who are their most important customers.

5729 Sonoma Drive, Suite H
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 600-1400

Solar powered attic fans use no electricity and reduce heat buildup and moisture. This roof mount attic fan brings an ideal solution to ventilation problems, such as mold and fungal decay. Best of all, it is a solution that costs nothing to operate. Daylighting systems replace traditional skylights to bring natural daylight into your home without the increased heat load and color distortion problems associated with skylights. Sola-Brite is the premiere dealer of Solar Star Attic Fans and Solatube Daylighting Systems in San Francisco and nearby counties.

Sunburst Solar Energy, Inc.
363 Clementina St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 244-4464

Sunburst Solar Energy is a family-owned business dedicated to providing personal service to its clients. Whether customers want to live a more earth friendly lifestyle or simply focus on reducing their energy costs, Sunburst Solar Energy can help. CEO David Julius is committed to education and research to stay on top of the latest developments in this growing industry.

Related: Google Invests $168M In Solar Energy Project

For more great tricks, tips and advice about your home, visit CBSSanFrancisco/YourHome.


Melanie Graysmith is a freelance writer and educator living in San Francisco. She often writes about adult education, culture and lifestyle topics. She enjoys writing short stories, poetry, and scriptwriting, and is also a member of an independent film making group. Her work can be found at

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