All Climate: What Can Solar Energy Do for Your Seattle Home?

If you’re a Seattle homeowner, chances are that you haven’t thought much about adding solar power to your home, due to the Pacific Northwest’s lack of constant direct sunshine. However, this part of the country is actually a great place to make solar power work for your home. What exactly can solar energy do for your Seattle home? Read on to find out.

Why Solar?

Solar power is an excellent investment for adding value to your home while you are living there, and it increases your home’s value if you ever decide to put it on the market. Your solar panel system will begin to pay for itself the moment it is installed by reducing fossil-fuel energy consumption and increasing the value of your property anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000+. In a study conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy, it was determined that a homeowner can expect about a $6,000 property value increase for each kilowatt of solar power.

Also, since you are technically generating your own power right where it will be used, unlike a typical centralized distribution of power that causes quite a bit of energy loss, solar panels are an extremely efficient in generating energy.

Another great benefit of solar panels is that they are fairly maintenance free and have a lifespan up to 30 years depending on the quality of the panels. In fact, a milder Seattle climate actually helps the panels last longer than they would in an area that experiences more severe weather or a great deal of sunshine. The only part that will occasionally need replaced is the inverter. This part converts the energy from the panels into usable power, and these usually come with at least a 10-year warranty. They are also only a small fraction of the overall cost of installing a solar panel system.

Some Things to Keep in Mind

It’s good to have an idea of how much a new solar panel system could save you on energy costs so you know the value you will be adding to your home. Be sure to inquire about how much electricity a new solar panel system will produce annually and compare that figure to your typical annual electricity usage.

Also, be sure to research any local permit requirements for installing a solar panel system in your neighborhood or housing development. Sometimes housing associations have rules regulating the installation of such systems and may require prior approval before install.

For more information on codes and requirements, check out this article all about planning for a home renewable energy system.

Think Solar May Be Right for You?

Our knowledgeable and capable technicians are trained to provide excellent quality solar panel installation that meets all local regulations and guidelines. To determine the best solar solutions for your home’s needs, we provide you with detailed estimate and schedule a meeting to go over any questions you may have before we start the install. We’ve been providing happy customers in the Seattle area with energy efficient solutions for over 25 years, and we pride ourselves on our superb customer service. If you’re considering adding solar panels to your home, give us a call to learn more: 425-746-3077.

The Future Of HVAC: Cogeneration

These days, most home and business owners are as concerned with the environment as they are with daily life. They’re always looking for ways to benefit the earth and save energy in their homes. Though it may surprise you, one of the key places to save energy is through your HVAC system. Cogeneration, also known as combined heat and power (CHP), is touted as the future of not only the HVAC system, but environmental awareness. Consider cogeneration to protect the environment and the health of your family and customers.

What Is Cogeneration?

CHP generates electricity without wasting heat and heat byproducts. Instead, CHP recaptures and “recycles” heat that would otherwise be wasted. It gives the wasted heat productive uses, such as adding just a bit more warmth to your home as needed or re-cooling heated air. This keeps heat from being wasted during spring and summer when it’s needed less. Cogeneration also keeps extra heat from being siphoned into the environment, preventing some pollution.

Although it’s seen as a twenty-first century technology, cogeneration has actually been around in one form or another since about 1882. It’s been proven helpful for homeowners and business owners for a variety of reasons. For one thing, cogeneration helps people become more dependent on thermal energy. Thermal energy is much cleaner than energy based in coal, oil, and other fossil fuels. While these forms of energy are fairly cheap, they’re also infamous for their detrimental effects on the planet and the health of those nearby. They spread pollution throughout the environment, and they may also be responsible for certain diseases, such as respiratory infections.

Why Cogeneration Matters

Home and business owners who use CHP will likely learn how to respond better to temperature fluctuations in their buildings. They may look into other clean energy alternatives, such as wind or water energy. Even if these aren’t available or affordable, people who use CHP will find that their energy bills are declining and that their thermostat runs without the need for constant adjustment. Additionally, since this technology keeps contaminants out of the surrounding environments, owners can run their systems with less concern about contributing to dirty emissions in the air.

The money that home and business owners save on energy can then be funneled into more important matters, such as hiring new employees or paying more expensive daily living costs. The EPA estimates that, as cogeneration grows more popular, more money and energy will be saved. Currently, the EPA estimates that using CHP cuts energy costs and harmful emissions by 30-40%. In our recovering economy, this is a huge positive for those dealing with high energy bills. The EPA estimates that as technology behind cogeneration improves, it will become more popular and accessible. Specific environmental controls are still undergoing improvements, as are technologies that will benefit indoor air quality.

Finding An HVAC Dealer

When choosing an HVAC system, ask your dealer how much energy he or she estimates it will save your building. Additionally, ask any questions you have about maintaining an HVAC system that uses cogeneration. Although cogeneration is beneficial for everyone, it works differently depending on your specific HVAC system. That’s why it’s crucial to find the right dealer and system for you. If you’re searching for an HVAC dealer in Redmond, WA or surrounding cities, contact us online or by phone or visit us in person.

Lighting Our Way to a Brighter Future with Solar Energy

Renewable energy is often referred to as “alternative energy,” in reference to its perpetual outsider status.

But for solar energy the term ‘alternative’ is well on its way to becoming obsolete. Solar is moving toward the mainstream at lightning speed, and the time is rapidly approaching when solar panels will be a legitimately affordable option for homeowners, business owners and real estate developers everywhere.

Solar Energy is a True Growth Industry

In the second decade of the 21st century, solar energy in the United States seems to have reached its tipping point. Rapid growth in demand is a constant; between 2012 and 2013, for example, the number of orders for residential installations soared by an astonishing 60 percent, while commercial installations of solar panels jumped by approximately 40 percent.

Fortune 500 companies and middle-class homeowners alike have been leaping head first into the solar energy pool, a trend that has been spurred by rising financial competitiveness of solar photovoltaic technology. According to studies carried out by the non-profit Institute for Local Self-Reliance, the cost of solar energy has been shrinking at an average rate of about seven percent annually, and in some states solar power is already cheaper to produce by the kilowatt-hour than the grid-manufactured alternative.

China’s Solar Energy Adventure

In the United States investment brokers have been encouraging their clients to invest in solar, based on their belief in the industry’s long-term viability. Fully 92 percent of the American public supports aggressive development of solar energy, which should render it immune to the usual political posturing that environmentally-friendly initiatives so often face.

But the U.S. isn’t the only country where solar’s big move forward has been noticed. For a few years now China’s government has been subsidizing solar manufacturing at a massive level, and this generous support has helped Chinese energy companies capture half the world’s photovoltaic market. This has expanded the availability of solar products overall and helped push down consumer costs faster than previously predicted.

U.S. manufacturers are not giving up without a fight, however. China’s involvement in solar has triggered more ambitious research and development on this side of the planet, accelerating the pace of innovation in a field that had already been growing by leaps and bounds.

All Climate Heating & Air Conditioning is ‘all-in’ on Renewable Energy

More and more HVAC companies are becoming interested in solar panel technology, but only a few have the expertise necessary to actually install solar energy systems in homes and businesses.

But if you live in the Seattle area and have an interest in solar energy you are in luck, because All Climate Heating & Air Conditioning jumped on the solar train several years ago. We saw the transformational potential of this technology and embraced renewable energy in general as a natural expansion of our original business mission. The future of solar energy is bright, and the future of those who purchase it is even brighter.

If the prospects of solar excite you, contact us today and let’s discuss the possibilities together. We can connect you with rebates and offer you financing packages that will reduce your installation costs and make solar energy a choice you can afford.

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