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Energy Efficient Solar Homes
What is an Energy Efficient Solar Home?
- Cooling and Sealing a Buildings Energy Envelope - Due to the climate in Arizona, an energy efficient home needs
to utilize radiant barriers to keep the sun's UR radiation out
of the building's attic. A solar attic fan should be installed
to pull hot air out of the attic and replace it with cooler air.
Reducing the operating temperature of the attic makes it easier
for the AC unit to cool the air both inside the ac unit as well
as the air ducts that transfer the air throughout the house.
These practices lower the attic temperature where many air handlers
are located and keeps heat from entering the buildings energy
- Heat Water with Solar Energy - The second step is to use the sun's energy to heat the water
with a solar thermal hot water heater. Heating your water 24-hours
a day requires a lot of energy. Heating and storing water until
it is ready to be used will save a lot of money, especially if
you have an electric water heater.
- Produce Free Clean Solar Power - Once you have reduced as much energy as possible, the building
can then use photovoltaic (PV) solar energy modules to generate
free electricity from the sun.
- The Result is an Energy Efficient Solar Home -While the science to convert sunlight
directly into electricity and solar thermal to generate hot water
from the sun has been around for decades, in recent years both the
technology and economics have improved for solar energy systems,
and now these systems are becoming mainstream.
Combining the energy production potential of solar with energy efficiency
technologies allows homeowners to get more out of their solar power,
saving them more money while reducing their carbon footprint.
Energy Efficient Solar Home Make Good Cents in Arizona
- Get paid for energy efficiency - Homes from builders participating
in Arizona Green Building Programs should be at least 15 percent more efficient than current
state building standards, and builders are encouraged to achieve
30 percent greater efficiency. Arizona's utilities offer
additional incentives to meet these efficiency levels. Moreover,
if a particular PV system generates more electricity than the
home needs in that moment, the utility company credits the
homeowner's account through a program called "Net Metering."
- Protect against rising energy costs - Energy efficiency and solar
energy give homeowners more energy independence because they
are better protected against rising energy costs. Solar homes generate
power when electricity is the most expensive.
- Further, solar homeowners can be assured that their solar system
works because they are backed with a 25-year system warranty.
A solar home with high energy efficiency features offers
Earn tax credits - Solar homes also qualify for a federal income
tax credit of up to 30 percent of the system's cost through
2016. Energy efficiency measures may qualify the home for an
additional federal tax credits. Learn more about these
tax credits by visiting
Good for the Environment - Best of all, buying an energy efficient
solar home is one of the most significant personal actions one can
take to cut air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. PV systems
not only help conserve precious energy resources for future
generations, but also reduce California?s need to construct costly
new power plants.
- Clean, renewable energy;
- Utility bill savings; and
- Protection against rising electricity costs in the future.
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