Solar and Renewable Energy
Solar and other types of renewable energy will play a critical role of meeting our future energy needs.
Installation of solar PV panels, solar hot water, geothermal heat pumps, and other technologies can be a cost-effective solution for home owners.
It all starts with a home energy audit. Learning where your energy dollars are going and how you can reduce your energy usage while improving comfort at the same time. For some homeowners, a renewable energy system may be the first step. However, for the vast majority of homeowners, improvements to their home’s building shell and duct work will be the most cost effective solution, and provides additional benefits:
- Cold or hot rooms, moisture problems, mold, and other concerns are generally not addressed by changing from one fuel source to another. An energy audit followed by installation of recommendations can address a broader variety of home owner concerns.
- Reducing energy use is usually the least carbon intensive solution, providing the first step in addressing climate change.
- After taking the most cost effective and appropriate steps to improve your home's performance, a renewable fuel source can be an excellent next-step for many home owners.