Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Energy, Energy Efficiency & Recycling. Poor Insulation Makes For A Drafty Energy-Wasting Home.

  • Solar energy takes advantage of the sun’s rays to generate heat or electricity. It is an infinitely renewable resource and unique for its ability to generate energy in a quiet, clean and consistent manner.

The cost is between $10,000 and $50,000 depending on the kilowatts. Every rooftop is different and solar installers in your area can provide the best information on what will cost to go solar for your home or business.

The average solar power system will offset 178 tons of co2 over 30 years. that’s like avoiding 390,300 miles driven, planting 10 football fields full of trees or eliminating 174,907 pounds of burned coal. Installing solar panels on your home helps combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduces our collective dependence on fossil fuel.

We know you may not stay in your home for the next 20 to 30 years. if you decide to sell your home, a transfer team will be there to help transfer your solar power system contract to the new owners. a simple transfer agreement for both the buyer and seller to sign.

The solar systems generally last for 25 years, though they have been known to perform for over 45 years.

Your energy use and the size of your solar energy system will determine your actual savings amount. With no start-up costs, systems start paying for themselves immediately and increase each year as the cost of electricity rises. A typical return on investment is usually about 15 to 20%.

Solar energy is important because the sun is a sustainable source of energy that can be used to power homes and businesses globally. Fossil fuels are finite, so it’s important that alternative energy sources be embraced.

  • Turn off all lights and electronics in your home that are not being used.
  • Set your computer to sleep mode and avoid using screensavers.
  • Use your household appliances efficiently.change your light bulbs.
  • Improve insulation.
  • Seal air leaks.adjust your thermostat based on the temperature outside.
  • With energy efficiency, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to save energy. you can use less energy by using compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Energy conservation involves a change in behavior to save energy (turning off lights, powering down electronics, lowering thermostat).
  • Turn your refrigerator down.
  • Set your clothes washer in the warm or cold
  • Water setting.
  • Make sure your dishwasher is full when you run it and use the energy saving setting.
  • Turn down your water heater thermostat.

The average fossil fuel plant converts about 33 percent of the energy going in to power going out, an efficiency rate that has not changed significantly over the past few decades, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
A typical furnace fan can be a drain on household efficiency, using an average of 1,000 kilowatt hours per year.

An average furnace fan can account for about 10 percent of an entire annual home’s electricity consumption. Standards set to take effect in the U.S. in 2019 would cut furnace fan energy use by about 40 percent.

About 14 to 30 percent of the energy that goes into your car actually propels it. The bulk is lost as heat, friction, and combustion in the engine.

LED, or light-emitting diode, light bulbs produce an average of 85 lumens per watt of power used—about 15 percent more than CFLs and more than five times as much as an incandescent. Overall, efficient light bulbs like LEDs and CFLs use about 80 percent less energy than traditional in-candescents.

Set your thermostat to the temperature you want. Setting it lower won’t make the room cool any faster, and it might lead to a higher energy bill.

  • What is included in my home energy assessment?
  • How long will my assessment take?
  • What kind of tests will you do during the assessment?
  • Does the energy assessment provide a written report?
  • Are there any rebates or incentives I qualify for?
  • What are the other ways I can save money and energy?