The top five reasons you should switch to residential solar power today are increasingly more convincing year after year. Whether you are looking for financial incentives or to make the world a better place, the time has come to install solar power in your home.

Save and Make Money

A number of convincing arguments for solar power exist, however few are as powerful as the potential monetary savings and earnings. In addition to greatly reducing or even eliminating your power bills altogether, you will also be able to make money from excess electricity. A number of states require that electric companies purchase excess solar power which allows you to save and make money from your solar transition. Each state and power company will have a unique platform, but essentially you get a refund from sending power back to the grid, sometimes eliminating utility bills all together!

More Affordable

Solar technology is becoming more affordable each year, and the government is providing a number of incentives to make the switch to alternative energy. Currently, the government is offering up to 40 percent back on your solar power investment. This figure may change in the future; however, at this time, the government is rewarding households looking to help ease the electricity burden that continues to grow year after year.  Tax breaks and cash back are very common when looking to obtain a home solar system.

Increase Home Value

Increasing your home value may be one of the lesser known reasons to switch to residential solar power. A number of recent studies have revealed that homes with solar panels are far more desirable for a number of reasons. These homes typically sell significantly more quickly, by up to 20 percent, and sell for more money, up to nearly $20,000 in certain states.  The solar systems that are installed on these homes are usually rated for at least 25 years with a warranty, and in some cases up to 40 years.  After the loan or lease term is up, your electricity is essentially free, which can be desirable to potential homeowners.

Maintenance and Storage

Solar panels have relatively low maintenance. The panels typically wash themselves with rain and because the parts are stationary, it is highly unlikely the parts will stop working due to mechanical difficulty. Also, your excess energy is automatically stored with the power company. Your account is then credited with your home-produced energy to use during days that do not produce much electricity and for the electricity required to power your home at night.

The Environment

And, perhaps the most important reason of all to switch to solar, you will help to save the planet. Solar panels reduce the use of natural resources and reduce the use of their potentially dangerous gathering and storing methodologies. By eliminating dependency on natural gas, oil and coal, the planet can begin to repair from the damage that has already been done and help to prevent further damage in the future.

Switching to residential solar power will help to save the planet and greatly improve your quality of life through both the health of your finances and your environment. Making a difference today will save the world tomorrow.

This article was written by Brian evesque.  Brian is currently an electrical engineer living in Denver, Colorado, and helps to provide solar soutions to residents around the country.  In his free time, Brian enjoys contributing content to Ablaze Energy LLC, the premier provider of solar solutions to residnets of California and New York.

So you have finally succeeded in creating an animation transition in Android from one Activity to the next. But then, you noticed that when that happens, there is a short blackout of a black background then displaying the animation of the next Activity you want to display.

Problem then is, how do you hold the first Activity intact so the second Activity will animate and overlap the first Activity? I have sifted through numerous forums and I have found no solution to that programmatically. If you have a solution, do feel free to post a comment here.

The workaround hack I found is to create a dummy animation XML file with a delay attribute in it so that the first Activity will stay still while the second Activity does its animated transition.

The android:duration attribute is the delay that I was talking about earlier. This value is in milliseconds so the value 2000 means 2 seconds and using this will make the first Activity stay still for 2 seconds. You can change it to any value you want.

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