Everyone seems to be talking about residential solar energy lately, and we’re big fans of it, too! We offer solar electric systems. But is it something that your home really needs, and what all does it involve? Do you need solar electricity or solar hot water? Is it really worth the cost?
The most important concept to remember when it comes to energy efficiency in general and solar in particular is this: “Reduce before you Produce”. What does that mean? Taking advantage of the sun’s energy is a great idea, for sure. But it’s generally easier and more cost-effective to focus on efficiency first.
Dollar for dollar, the energy savings, carbon reductions, and other benefits, are typically greater with the efficiency measures than with solar. Many of those energy upgrades can come from simple things like high-efficiency home appliances (water heater, kitchen appliances, etc), LED lighting, and low-flow showerheads. More involved upgrades include, high-efficiency cooling and heating, sealed duct work, air-sealing, better wall and attic insulation, etc, etc.
Even better, done right, making your home more energy-efficient means you’re also making it more comfortable, durable, and healthier.
THEN, after you reduce the energy demand, the number of panels needed to provide solar electricity is less- saving you significant cost on your solar system. This is exactly why a reputable solar installer should look at efficiency opportunities first. It’s really a no-brainer, a better overall solution at a lower cost, and you can still have the bling, too!
How do you make a list of these priorities so you can get the most for any dollars you spend? The first thing you need to do is have your whole home assessed by a BPI certified professional. You can then analyze what the energy savings would be for each energy upgrade you choose. And now, with Energy Upgrade California, there is up to $4,000 in rebates for the upgrades.
Call today, and let us help you do solar right!