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  • Self Sufficient during difficult times

    Self Sufficient during difficult times

    The past few months have been unprecedented for most of us. With Covid 19 we have seen how fast things can change and not for the better. In just a few months we have seen our lives turned upside down. We at LuminaSun have been effected as well and our thoughts and prayers go out to all that are struggling with loss and adversity. People are resilient and are adapting to the situation however, lives have changed and burdens created. As with most disasters, we see how fast the shelves will empty at the stores, how hard it is to buy things that everyone else wants as well. The key is to be prepared. Many people have back up generators, food storage, batteries, water, ect. These are all ....

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  • Here's how much Duke Energy paid its CEO in 2019

    Here's how much Duke Energy paid its CEO in 2019

    By John Downey – Senior Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal Mar 27, 2020, 7:20am EDT Updated Mar 27, 2020, 12:40pm EDT Duke Energy Corp. awarded CEO Lynn Good an annual compensation package of more than $15 million in 2019, according to a newly filed report with the Securities and Exchange commission. That is 7.4% more than the almost $14 million she received in 2018, but well below her peak of $21.4 million in 2017. That year was boosted by a one-time retention bonus of $7 million in equity. In putting out information about executive compensation, Charlotte-based Duke (NYSE: DUK), as always, emphasizes that Good does not actually receive the total amount awarded in any given year. Her base salary was $1.38 million. But $10.12 million worth of her compensation is in stock awards, which vest over time and the value of which depends on the company’s performance. “The vast majority of the total compensation figure is ‘at risk’,” the company says. Beyond that, the company awarded her $2.8 million from its cash incentive plan. The value of her pension and deferred compensation was $355,908 last year. Duke calculates the median annual compensation for all its employees at $123,608. That puts Good’s annual compensation at 122 times the median for the roughly 28,800 Duke workers other than the CEO. ....

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  • Solar- An Investment like none other

    Solar- An Investment like none other

    Investments are very important. There are many ways we can invest our hard earned money. Typically the higher ROI, the higher the risk. We have to try and balance what we can afford to pay and how much risk are we willing to take. Most investments are paid in with money we have left over after the necessities are taken care of. We may have $100 or $1000 left over to invest, over time it makes a big difference. Investing in solar is different. We will have to buy our solar system with our hard earned money just like we would with any investment, however the difference is we will be taking the money from our power utility and using that to pay for our investment. The only risk to solar is, ....

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  • Solar increases the value of your home 4.8% in NC

    Solar increases the value of your home 4.8% in NC

    Does adding solar power increase a home’s value at time of sale? According to real estate information company Zillow , in some states the answer already is yes. Zillow’s research indicates that in the same way homeowners are willing to pay thousands of dollars for renovations like a new kitchen or finished basement, they need to evaluate the return on investment from investing in solar energy. Installing solar panels in a home not only helps to reduce current monthly utility bills; it can potentially increase the home’s value by up to 4.1% more than comparable homes with no solar panels, according to recent solar research done by Zillow — or an additional $9,274 ....

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  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving Here are nine fun facts about Thanksgiving to share around the dinner table.
    The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1621 over a three day harvest festival. It included 50 Pilgrims, 90 Wampanoag Indians, and lasted three days. It is believed by historians that only five women were present.
    Turkey wasn’t on the menu at the first Thanksgiving. Venison, duck, goose, oysters, lobster, eel, and fish were likely served, alongside pumpkins and cranberries (but not pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce!).
    Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863. Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who wrote “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” convinced ....

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  • The Solar Process

    The solar process 1) Solar panels absorb the sun’s energy and convert it to DC electricity. 2) The solar inverter converts DC electricity from your solar modules to AC electricity, which is used by most home appliances. 3) Electricity flows through your home, powering electronic devices Excess electricity produced by solar panels is fed to the electric grid. 4)Most homeowners in the U.S. have access tonet metering. Net metering sends power to the grid when yoursolar system is overproducing (like during the day in sunny summer months)in exchange for credits on yourelectric bill. Then, during hours of low solar production (such asnighttime or overcast days), you ....

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