Going Green To Save Money
Every year, homeowners end up spending more money on their ever-rising energy bills. So now’s the time to think about going green to save some green. After all, going green does not just lower your carbon footprint, but it also lowers your energy bill. Read on for some of the bests ways to turn your house into a green machine.
Costs of Solar Energy Systems Has Declined
There is no doubt that a solar energy system is one of the best ways to lower your energy bill. Of course, a lot of people bypass getting solar energy systems because they are costly. According to SolarEnergy.com, the cost of solar panels has declined by nearly 60 percent since 2011. This is because there have been vast improvements in photovoltaic solar power generation. Due to this, solar energy systems are becoming a viable source of energy for not only homeowners but for businesses as well.
It should also be noted that most solar energy systems produce enough electricity during peak hours of the day to provide homeowners and businesses with power throughout the night. There is no reason to worry about having to switch back to traditional power during the night to avoid a blackout.
The Value of Solar Energy Systems
Unlike other green energy systems, solar energy is going to offer you the biggest return on your investment. First of all, a solar energy system adds a lot of value to your home, and it does this without adding a bunch of tax liabilities. Next, unlike wind energy, solar energy systems are almost completely maintenance free. This means you are left with a continuous green source of power for your home without having to pay a lot for upkeep.
The cost to install a solar energy system is also extremely affordable. A lot of this has to do with many states offering plans that allow homeowners to have the systems installed for no money down. Homeowners then pay off the solar energy system in installments. Usually the money that is paid in these installments is lower than the money that the homeowner is saving on their energy bill.
Installing Energy Efficient Windows
One of the best ways to keep the energy you generate with solar panels inside is to install energy efficient windows. According to the Natural Resource Defense Council, around one-third of a home’s total heating and cooling loss occurs through its doors and windows. Although sealing and replacing the weather stripping on windows can help reduce energy loss, the only way to really save money is to replace the windows with energy efficient ones.
Typically, energy efficient windows are either double or triple pane. These types of windows far exceed Energy Star specifications and can literally save homeowners hundreds of dollars a year. When choosing these windows, there are two things you need to pay attention to. First is the U-factor, a measurement of how well the windows prevent the escaping of heat. The next factor is solar heat gain coefficient, a measurement of the heat that is transmitted into the house via sunlight. This is very important if you live in hot-climate states such as Florida.
Tim Smith writes for Modernize.