Every once in a while, your home may need a tune-up, particularly those houses that just went through a devastating winter storm. According to roofingcalculator.com a typical roof lasts about 30 years (https://roofingcalculator.com/news/how-long-do-roofs-last#:~:text=Generally%2C%20you%20can%20expect%20your,as%20well%20as%20the%20environment). If you find yourself in this situation, don’t fret over the cost or the hassle of choosing a developer, simply pick out your roof style here – https://www.owenscorning.com/en-us/roofing/shingles – and call us today! We’re happy to deliver a zero-cost quote so you can compare us to other contractors in the area, and make the decision for yourself – in either case, we’re happy to help you choose what’s best for you and your family.
What a week, and Happy Pi day to you all! I hope you’ve had an amazing weekend, and as we’re looking ahead, just a quick reminder to set your clocks forward an hour for daylight savings time, today, 3.14 (unless you’re in Arizona, of course). We’ll get back to digging through the archives to learn about Historical figures in the world of energy in the week ahead, so keep an eye out and feel free to add your favorites in the blog comments.
It seems that while Texans have been able to avoid many of these tasks in the past, with record low temperatures and several days of snow on the ground, it’s definitely time to do some cold-weather proofing in our homes! I’ve also been reading a lot about how to keep warm in your home – particularly since so many people in Texas lost power yesterday – so I’d like to share a few good links that I’ve come across here:
Please comment/reach out if you have any other tips to stay warm in these freezing temperatures! Many of our northern neighbors have dealt with these types of conditions before, so know that there is always help and plenty of good advice to go around.
If you’re curious about how much energy you’re currently using and where that energy is allocated, feel free conduct an energy audit! Our first step in creating a quote for your home is to conduct a customized energy audit of your home, and then try to determine how you might best save money, however you can also do so on your own by looking at your energy bill, particularly the section that includes your energy usage in kWh, or kilowatt hours (if you’re unsure how to translate kWh into kW, check out the following article which outlines the differences in these two measurements – hint: it’s not the number of kW per hour – https://www.ovoenergy.com/guides/energy-guides/what-is-a-kwh-kw-and-kwh-explained.html#:~:text=A%20kilowatt%20hour%20(kWh)%20is,much%20energy%20you’re%20using.&text=It%20is%20simply%20a%20unit,up%201%20kWh%20of%20energy.)
When you look at this section of your bill, take note of a couple of things – 1) what is your average monthly kWh usage, and 2) what is the cost to you per kWh of energy usage? These amounts will help you to determine whether or not a solar system, new air-conditioning unit, new double-pained windows, etc. could help you save energy long-term.
For a guide in doing an energy audit yourself, and considering where you might be expending a lot of energy currently, check out the following: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/home-energy-audits/do-it-yourself-home-energy-audits.
Doing these calculations ahead of shopping for energy efficiency upgrades will really set you up for success, because you’ll have a much better idea of where your energy usage currently stands – for any additional questions you have on this process, or about the cost of a solar system, give us a call today!
Hey there Sports Fans! Happy Superbowl Sunday! Even if you’re not having a giant Superbowl party today, we wish you a very relaxing Sunday with lots of delicious food.
For some exciting trivia in the intersection of football and solar, take a look at the following links which highlight the most energy efficient stadiums in the world! From football, NASCAR, and MLB stadiums in the United States, to futbol stadiums and race-car tracks in Europe, to the most powerful solar-powered stadium in the world – the Esadio Nacional Mane Garrincha in Brazil – there are a ton of examples where teams have diversified their energy production, improved upon their food waste and recycling systems, and have reduced their carbon footprint to zero!
- For a list of some of the most energy efficient stadiums in the world, check out the following link: https://www.environmentalleader.com/2017/09/worlds-top-solar-sports-venues/
- Guinness Book of World Records holder for most powerful solar stadium is the Esadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brazil: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/633192-most-powerful-solar-powered-stadium
- Solar panels and Futbol, and an even larger list of the most powerful solar-powered stadiums in the world: https://www.solarplaza.com/channels/top-10s/11879/top-50-solar-stadiums-worldwide-2018-world-cup-edition/
Esadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, Brazil
To know where you’re going, it’s important to know where you currently stand, and while some really good points being made in favor of solar incentives, we still have a long way to go!
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, or SEIA, in 2020 Texas solar companies installed enough residential solar to power 783,633 homes! While this number is promising, solar still only accounts for 1.76% of the state’s electricity (see fact sheet here: https://www.seia.org/sites/default/files/2020-12/Texas.pdf). Furthermore, since the introduction of the Federal Investment Tax Credit, solar adoption in the U.S. has increased dramatically (52% according to SEIA, https://www.seia.org/initiatives/solar-investment-tax-credit-itc).
Though we may think fondly of Texas as an “Oil and Gas” state, it’s important that we not overlook the enormous opportunity costs of solar in this hot, sunny state. The following article does a really good job explaining the current Texas Solar market, and positives and negatives to going solar in this state – please check it out, here: https://www.dallasfed.org/~/media/documents/research/swe/2019/swe1901e.pdf.
While the total amount of solar in Texas is primed to increase drastically in the next few years, and with as much progress as we’ve already seen thus far, we still have a long way to go to increase solar (or wind) energy adoption, and decrease the overall greenhouse gases emitted.
In more good news for Solar in Texas in 2021, one of the largest energy providers in the state has just released their 2021 program manual for residential and commercial solar, and it looks very promising! Oncor, which serves mostly Dallas/Fort Worth and the surrounding areas, has allocated over 3 million dollars for their residential and commercial solar incentive budgets (check out page 5 of their SPVSOP Program Manual, here – https://eepm.oncor.com/Documents/SVSOP%20Program%20Manual.pdf):
- Residential Solar Photovoltaic Program Option- $1,163,950
- Commercial Solar Photovoltaic Program Option -$2,038,440
To account for the variation to the actual incentive amount for home owners and business owners, Oncor has created a solar rebate calculator to allow you to estimate what your savings might be. According to Solar Business Hub, homeowners may request up to an $8,500 rebate off of their total system cost – one of the highest solar rebates in Texas – check out the article here: https://solarbusinesshub.com/latest-solar-industry-press-releases/?rkey=20210203PH67733&filter=2814.
We hope to see more energy companies follow Oncor’s lead to increase their total solar incentive budgets, as well as the amount each solar project owner is able to request. If you have any questions about the Oncor solar rebate (or other local rebates), please give us a call today and we’ll walk you through exactly what this could mean for your project.
Great News! Thanks to the huge strides in solar over the past few years, businesses and government alike is starting to really pay attention and invest in solar energy. One of the latest examples comes from our financial partner, Sunlight Financial, who recently went public! Please check out the full press release, here. Having already created a highly successful CRM (Customer Relationship Management platform) tool that allows you to communicate both B2B and B2C – as well as a useful business model for customers all over the financial spectrum – Sunlight Financial is poised to help thousands of home owners in the United States go solar. By going public, they can continue to innovate and help customers go solar with ease.
Things are really looking up in the green energy sector – and while we ask that you continually apply pressure to your local, state, and federal government bodies to increase solar incentives, there have already been a lot of solar-positive comments and policies to come from the new federal administration.
Check out the following link to see what has been done so far, and to see where you might get involved with the national energy conversation: https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2020/11/18/5-pro-renewable-energy-actions-to-expect-from-president-elect-joe-biden/
Last week we focused on strategies to reduce your energy consumption, and therefore reduce your energy bill and carbon footprint as well. It’s important to look at the energy picture holistically so you’re able to really understand how you consume energy currently, and how this might change with adding a solar system to your home.
This week, we’ll celebrate a few key wins in solar thus far in 2021. As energy companies, Retail Energy Providers (REPs), energy partners, and local and federal governments build out their annual budget for this year, we’re starting to see some exciting news for customers looking to go solar this year!
Though we’ve already mentioned it before, it’s important to keep in mind that while the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) was scheduled to decrease to 22% this year, it will now remain at 26% of the total sticker price, and that policy was extended through the end of 2022 (check out the following article for more information on this: https://www.recsolar.com/blogs/calculate-solar-tax-credit-2021/).
Plus, now that battery technology is improving, have you considered what your solar project may look like if you include energy storage? Check out the following link if you’re curious how the solar federal ITC may or may not apply for your project: https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/06/legal-perspective-storage-solar-itc/. We’re happy to help you make sense of your own personal energy consumption and production goals, and can conduct an energy audit of your home to see how close/far away you are from achieving them. Call us today!