Make your Solar Work Harder for you
Creating an Energy Efficient Home will Make Solar Work Harder for You
Now is the season for spring cleaning. Allowing your doors to open up and let the fresh air in while saying goodbye to the winter clutter and grime. Something to also consider when pursuing all of your spring todo lists is to ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible. Whether you have a solar PV system or not, we all want to be sure we aren't wasting energy, when we could easily adjust a few things to save energy, and money.
Below is a list of simple projects you can do around your home to make your solar work harder for you. This is also something you want to do before getting solar, to ensure you are getting the most out of your future investment.
Energy Efficient Lighting
We're fortunate to have long summer days, and don't seem to have to turn the lights on as often as we do in the winter months. This doesn't mean we shouldn't evaluate where our lighting is coming from. When was the last time you changed out the lightbulbs in your home? If the answer to that question is more than five years, that means you could be wasting a lot of money every time you turn on the lights. According to energy.gov "By replacing your home's five most frequently used light fixtures or bulbs with models that have earned the ENERGY STAR, you can save $75 each year." If you have a solar PV system, this means you could be putting more credits away with net metering for the winter months.
Running the AC all day can be costing you an absorbent amount of money, as well as wasting energy. Installing a programmable thermostat like the ecobee will allow you to program when you will be home, adjust the temperature depending on the hours of the day you need it cooler, or maybe don't mind an extra degree or two. They are also room sensors available, that can monitor when you enter and leave a room, and adjust the temperature accordingly.
Another way we use energy every day is by running our household appliances. We understand that replacing appliances is not always an immediate cost saving, and is sometimes more of a long-term investment. However, if your family needs new appliances, its best to chose energy star appliances. This will ensure energy savings, which will save money over time. (Click here for the Energy Star website)
Seal Up Cracks
Taking the time to walk through your home checking each window and door for air leaks, is a fast and cost effective way to save energy. Take a tissue to each window and door, if the tissue is drawn towards the crack, seal it up with some foam or rubber weatherstrip tape. You can find this tape at your local hardware store, and is a low cost way to save energy, and money, by avoiding "cooling" the outdoors.
Here at NM Solar Group, we care about each family we come in contact with. We want to be sure every system we install works the best it can. If you have questions about how you can be more energy efficient, don't hesitate to reach out to us.
Click the link below to find the available rebates for New Mexico residents for switching to renewable products:
Available Rebates in New Mexico
NM Solar Group Supports AVER
NM Solar Group for American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER)
This past weekend we had the pleasure to be invited to a local Albuquerque AVER meeting. AVER stands for American Veterans for Equal Rights. We were greeted with a potluck and some very generous hosts. The group has members who have served in Valley Forge to Baghdad, not to mention the very well behaved dogs who seem to be very comfortable supporting their owners through life as a veteran. Getting support as a GLBT vet has not always been something they have had access to, but the creation of AVER has changed the lives of many, by creating a community.
Military Discount for Solar
We were honored to present our company to them, and speak about why solar is something everyone who owns a home should be considering. NM Solar Group always offers a veterans discount, but during the months of April and May if a member of AVER signs up for solar with us we will donate to the New Mexico AVER branch. Penn Baker, the president of the board found us by doing some extensive research on solar companies in the area. Penn was happy to show us the chart that was made with all the information from each company. We were happy to win Penn's business, mainly due to our low costs, high reviews, 25-year guarantee, and Penn was most excited that we offer American made solar panels.
If you are a member of AVER and are interested in solar click here. For the referrer mention Penn Baker or AVER
Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Energy
NM Solar Group is a homegrown Albuquerque solar company passionate about solar energy and we believe it is the answer to many of today's environmental problems. There is increasing awareness of solar power as an alternative to the dirty and expensive power from PNM. New Mexico is ideal for solar so many folks are seeing their friends and neighbors embrace it for themselves. Many clients we speak to ask us what exactly are the advantages of solar energy?
Solar Power Advantages
I previously wrote about my perspective on why solar is the right choice for my family in terms of solar environmentalism, solar economics, and solar energy independence.
Solar power is a clean and sustainable alternative to traditional fossil fuels like coal and natural gas.
Prices have come down over the years significantly to the point that most people see lower electric bills almost immediately. Once a solar system is paid off (typically within 15 years) the only cost a homeowner generally pays for the remainder of the 25-40 year life of their solar system is their connection fee (currently around $7). The amount saved can be enormous!
Solar also provides energy independence by freeing you from the grasp of greedy corporate power companies like PNM who prioritizes profits over people.
Long story short, solar power will give you and your family a cleaner, cheaper alternative to PNM and provide energy independence.
Solar Power Disadvantages
Folks often like the benefits of going solar, but they want to know if there is a catch. Is it too good to be true? Short answer- there is no catch.
The only caveat with solar is the requirement for the sun to be out for the solar panels to produce electricity. A great aspect of solar power in Albuquerque and New Mexico is Net Metering. Net Metering allows you to send excess power produced during the day back to the grid and you get credited by PNM. At night, you pull power back from the grid and use those built up credits. In essence, PNM acts like a battery for your solar system. The transition from solar to grid power is seamless with no interruptions in service when the sun goes down.
Solar power offers homeowners many benefits with no real downsides. If you would like to learn more, please call us at 505-415-6172 or Click Here to schedule a free consultation. NM Solar Group is here to help!