Harvesting excess energy from your home can be done in a variety of ways. It's not just about producing additional power, but it is also about finding a variety of ways to use less energy, to begin with. Renewable energy techniques are highly effective ways to be more sustainable, but if the home uses less energy, to begin with, that renewable energy system won't have to produce as much power.
That is why our team here at Mr. Sunshine's Home Services want to be sure that you know some alternative ways to harvest the most or conserve the most energy in your home!
Going solar is a great way to both provide for yourself and to be more sustainable. In essence, for every kilowatt-hour that you produce through a solar system, that is one kilowatt-hour that you no longer have to purchase from the grid and your local utility. The ideal home to install solar is one with a large, south facing roof. This will allow for the maximum number of solar modules getting the maximum amount of sun exposure throughout the day. Arizona is one of the sunniest states in the country and thus the payback period of investing in a solar system is very short.
A simple calculation can be done to figure out how quickly a solar system would pay for itself. First, find out what you are currently paying for power on a dollars per kilowatt-hour basis by looking at your electric bill. Then, receive an estimate of how many kilowatt-hours your system would produce in one year. Multiply these two numbers together to get an annual value of energy and then divide the total system cost by the annual value to find your payback period.
Daylight sensors operate by taking constant readings of how much natural light is entering your home. The sensors are then synced to the lighting in your home which can either dim or turn them up as necessary. This keeps a constant level of light in your home while also utilizing less energy.
Updating to more energy efficient lighting fixtures has one of the quickest payback periods among all available sustainability measures. Professionals can take a tour of your house and perform what is known as an energy audit. This energy audit will give you a great idea of how many lights will need to be replaced and for what cost. You will then be able to crunch the numbers on just how quickly this will pay for itself.
Heating and cooling homes is a highly energy-intensive process. This is especially true in places like Arizona where the temperature can stay will over one hundred degrees for days at a time. Old and outdated HVAC systems are often highly wasteful with their energy usage. This means you're paying more and more each year to cool your house. By upgrading to a newer, more energy efficient HVAC system, you and your family can save hundreds of dollars every year in the form of lower electric bills.