Have you ever wondered why your energy costs keep rising? Do you know how much energy each of your appliances use in your home? Have you considered using Smart Technology and other energy saving devices but not sure what is right for your home? An energy evaluation can answer all of these questions and help you develop a personalized energy savings plan that meets your families energy demands while reducing overall costs.
What is a home energy evaluation?
A home energy evaluation is an assessment of your home that takes a look at current energy consumption and then identifies energy efficiency measures that you can take to make your home more efficient. An energy auditor can assess where your home is losing the most energy, and then proposes ways to save energy and reduce your utility bills.
Here’s what happens during a typical energy evaluation:
1. An energy evaluator starts by inspecting your home’s exterior. They check components including windows, walls, and eaves, looking for issues that cause leaks into or out of your home.
2. If you have an attic, they will inspect the insulation. It should be correctly installed and applied evenly between your walls. The holes where electrical lines run will also be inspected to see if they’re properly sealed.
3. Next, the furnace/AC air handler and compressor and water heater are inspected. Many times, these are a good candidate for an energy efficient upgrade. Room conditions are inspected for hot and cold spots and blocked air vents. The filter in the furnace/AC is also inspected to see if there is any evidence of potential leaks in the duct work.
4. Finally, audits include an inspection of your home’s lighting. Standard incandescent light bulbs can easily be replaced to lower electricity costs by switching over to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
5. Pools are also evaluated as to how efficient the pool system in general is working and what upgrades might be possible to extend pool swim season.
SouthEastern Energy Solutions provides this service as the core of our business. Our energy evaluations determine energy wasting sources and offer a comprehensive plan that can cut energy costs by up to 90%.
Our Technicians will perform an energy evaluation by inspecting all energy appliances, determine areas of energy waste, offer suggestions on home repair and enhancements and suggest products that are environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Technicians will review your current energy bill and explain which appliances need repair or replacement as well as suggested structural enhancements and improvements.
Interested in learning more? Contact us for your home energy evaluation and start your savings today!
The cost to install a home solar energy system has fallen rapidly over the past few years, and prices continue to decline. If you’re thinking about going solar, there’s no better time than during the design process for your new home. When you incorporate solar into your new home’s construction, you take advantage of solar’s environmental and financial benefits without having to retrofit your home with a solar installation later down the road.
In addition, owners of new residential and commercial solar can deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes thanks to the investment tax credit (ITC), also known as the federal solar tax credit.
If you think you want to install home solar energy, here are a few things you’ll need to consider:
Orient the home for solar panels
It is important to have a large south-facing roof. If your home has a rectangular shape, one of the long sides should face south. This provides more roof space for your solar panels. You’ll need plenty of space if you want your solar system to produce all the electricity your house will consume throughout the year. A small south-facing roof will limit your space for panels, decreasing the possible size of the array.
Have a roof pitch of 30 to 45 degrees
The angle of the solar panels impacts the solar energy production. Mounting your solar panels at an ideal angle will increase the solar electricity output throughout the year. If solar panels are placed at a steep angle, they produce more electricity in the winter because the sun is lower in the sky. When panels are installed at a 0-degree angle, they produce more electricity in the summer because the sun is higher in the summer sky.
Strategically place dormers, vents, and chimneys
Solar systems generate the most electricity when they are completely unshaded, especially in the middle of the day. Even vents, dormers, and chimneys can create shadows on the panels, decreasing your energy output. It is important to strategically place these building features to maximize the energy production of your system and available space for mounting solar panels.
Avoid trees and building obstructions
Trees and buildings can shade your solar panels, causing a significant reduction in your solar energy production. When building a new home, locate the home clear from obstructions that will shade your solar panels. Even deciduous trees create branch shade during the winter months, significantly decreasing your energy production. If some shade is unavoidable, select solar equipment that is specifically designed for shaded conditions.