From solar panels to lighting, hi-performance windows and doors, you’ll save money with our top rated, energy saving products and services. All of our services are performed “in house” which gives us the ability to ensure a high level of quality control over every aspect of your project. From delivery of your product to installation, we’re with you every step of the way, dedicated to ensure you receive exceptional customer service.
Solar PV Systems
Solar power is for everyone! Tens of thousands of homeowners have already made the switch. Solar on your roof means you generate your own solar power and control your energy costs. You simply pay for your solar power by the month, just like your utility bill, only lower. No wonder it’s catching on. The average home can save between $100 to $250 per month.
Energy Star estimates that replacing existing windows with Energy Star Qualified windows can save between 7-15% on energy bills. Energy Star estimates savings of between $71-$146 per year for a typical home, depending on whether you are replacing double pane or single pane windows. In addition, high efficiency windows can help eliminate cold drafts in winter and leaking air conditioning in the summers and keep your home’s temperature more consistently comfortable. Special coatings on the glass will also protect your interior from fading and bleaching.
There are two types of central air conditioners-split system units or packaged units. Split system units have an outdoor unit with a condenser and compressor and an indoor unit with the evaporator. The indoor unit will often be combined with either a furnace or the indoor unit of a heat pump. With a packaged unit, all components are combined in an outdoor unit that may be located on the roof or next to the house.
The most efficient air conditioners today use 30-50% less energy as air conditioners from the mid 1970′s. Even replacing a 10 year old air conditioner has the potential to save you 20-40% of cooling costs. See the Energy Savers
Estimate your potential to save energy and money by installing this product, please see the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Saver calculator.
Whole House Fans
Whole house fans are used to replace or supplement central air conditioning when the air outside is cooler than the air inside, usually in the evening and morning. They work best in areas with hot summer days, cooler summer nights and low humidity. Once the temperature cools down outside, whole house fans allow you to open a few windows, turn the fan on and watch the temperature inside the home drop as hot air is pushed out through the attic and roof, and cooler air is drawn in through the windows. In addition, whole house fans generally use only 10% of the energy required by a comparably sized central air conditioner. When used properly, substantially reduce air conditioning bills.
Radiant barriers are installed in the attic to reflect radiant heat that comes in through the roof so it has less of an opportunity to heat the attic. The greatest potential for energy savings occurs when a home has an air handler or duct system that is located in an unconditioned attic. Also, savings increase when the home is located in the hottest climates. Florida or parts of Arizona, for example, have a much greater potential for savings, with savings decreasing for areas with milder summer climates. Savings are also much lower if the air conditioning system and ducts are not located in the attic, but a radiant barrier may help with comfort levels and to reduce peak load for your air conditioner. For more information on radiant barriers please visit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory for DOE.
Energy Star Qualified light fixtures are required to use 25% or less of the energy used by equivalent standard light fixtures. In addition, Energy Star Qualified
CFL pin-based bulbs that must last at least 10,000 hours, whereas Energy Star CFL bulbs for standard light fixtures only last approximately 6,000 hours. By replacing the five most frequently used light fixtures in your home with Energy Star qualified models, the average family in the U.S. can save $70 each year in energy costs. (Energy Star)
To estimate your potential to save energy and money by installing these products please see the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Saver calculator.
Variable Speed Pool Pumps
Energy Efficient Pool Pumps Replacing an existing single speed pool pump and motor with a high efficiency variable speed pool pump and motor has the potential for significant savings, especially in warmer climates where there is a longer swimming season.
SC Edison estimates for a 20,000 gallon pool that needs cycling one time per day, the average homeowner will save approximately $430 per year using a variable speed, high efficiency pool pump motor over a single speed pool pump motor. This allows for payback on the investment within a few years and may also reduce noise when the motor is running at a lower speed. Energy Savers references a Florida study of 120 home pools which indicated a 40% savings just from the installation of a high efficiency pool pump and motor.
Both sources warn of the importance of properly sizing the new pool pump and motor in order to avoid consuming more energy than necessary for your pool’s needs.
Solar Water Heating
You can significantly reduce swimming pool heating costs by installing a solar water heater. They’re cost competitive with both gas and heat pump pool heaters, and they have very low annual operating costs. Actually, solar water heating is the most cost-effective use of solar energy in many climates.Most solar water heating systems include a solar collector (heats the water), a filter (removes debris before goes through the collector), a pump (circulates water through the system), and a flow control valve (diverts pool water through the solar collector). In addition, solar collectors are made out of different materials that are more or less appropriate for different climates and different usage patterns.
Collectors for pool heating normally do not require glazing or insulation since they are operated during warmer times of the year. This allows for a simpler design that is far less expensive than domestic hot water collectors. In fact, many collectors are made of heavy duty plastic which is treated with an ultraviolet light inhibitor to extend the life of the panels. The advantages of plastic collectors are that they weigh less than metal collectors and they are much less expensive.
According to Energy Savers, proper maintenance of your system will keep it running smoothly for 10-20 years, and your collector should require little maintenance if the pool’s chemical balance and filtering system are checked regularly.
Energy Efficient Roofs
Energy Efficient Roofs are roofing products that reflect more of the sun’s rays than standard roofing products. According to Energy Star, Energy Star qualified roof products can lower roof surface temperatures by up to 100 degrees. This reduces the amount of heat transferred inside the building and reduces the amount of air conditioning needed, including a possible 10-15% reduction in air conditioning for the hottest hours of the day.
According to Energy Savers, standard or dark roofs can reach temperatures of 150°F or more in the summer sun. A energy efficient roofs under the same conditions could stay more than 50°F cooler. Decreasing the roof operating temperature may also extend the life of the roof.
energy efficient roofs are generally considered most effective in areas with longer periods of warm weather that require significant usage of air-conditioners and other cooling methods.
To estimate your potential to save energy and money by installing this improvement, please see the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Saver calculator.
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