When you install solar with United Solar we set you up for success by providing you with Items to make your home more efficient. By adding these products to your home your are able to save more.
By adding a Nest thermostat to your home you are able to control you heating and cooling on the go!
Nest keeps you comfortable when you're home and turns its self down when your away.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is the first thermostat to get ENERGY STAR certified. It learns what temperature you like and builds a schedule around yours. Since 2011, the Nest Thermostat has saved billions of kWh of energy in millions of homes worldwide.
Attic foil is a radiant heat barrier. Radiant barriers (also known as reflective insulation) are a type of thermal (heat) insulations that inhibits heat transfer by thermal radiation (or heat by non-contact, i.e. across air).
How does it work?
Infrared, or radiant heat, is invisible. Think of a mirror; if you hold it up to the sun, you can reflect the light on your arm. You see the light, but you feel the radiant heat. At night when the sun goes down, your home is instantly easier to keep cool, right? Why? Because when the sun went down the radiant heat gain on the home was reduced. So even though the air temperature may only drop a couple of degrees, there is a big difference is how the surfaces feel.
Does radiant barrier keep my house warmer in winter too?
Radiant barrier also improves the R-value of your insulation by reducing convective looping so your home stays warmer during the cold seasons. Watch the video below to find out more.
Does it promise dramatic results? How much will I save?
What makes radiant barrier foil so effective in reducing energy bills in the summer? Radiant barriers work by blocking radiant heat from being absorbed into our homes, garages, barns, etc. resulting in a more comfortable and energy efficient space. In essence, radiant barrier is like shade and when installed in your attic (or anywhere else where you have a radiant heat source) it reflects that heat away from the area you’re trying to cool.
You probably already have some form of radiant barrier at work in your home. For example, do you have the shiny silver flex ducts in your attic? These are insulated tubes with a radiant barrier covering. The radiant barrier reduces heat from entering the duct work and effectively makes the R-Value of the insulation greater. Conceptually, this is what we are trying to achieve for your whole attic.
In theory if all of our homes were under the shade of a tree, we wouldn’t need radiant barriers. Since that is not the case, radiant barrier foil is the next best thing to naturally occurring shade. Simply put: radiant barriers reduce the amount of heat entering the home/building. Reducing the amount of heat gain helps to reduce the energy needed to remove the heat (air conditioning) and makes the living space more comfortable. In theory if all of our homes were under the shade of a tree, we wouldn’t need radiant barriers. Since that is not the case, radiant barrier foil is the next best thing to naturally occurring shade. Simply put: radiant barriers reduce the amount of heat entering the home/building. Reducing the amount of heat gain helps to reduce the energy needed to remove the heat (air conditioning) and makes the living space more comfortable.
How well a radiant barrier works depends on several things. Generally the more roof surface you have, the greater the impact. For example, installing foil insulation on a single story ranch style home will have a greater impact than a stacked two story home with a small attic. Remember, your home is essentially a box with five basic exterior sides. The greater the roof portion (or top side), the greater potential impact overall.
How much electricity would you save if your roof was shaded? This is realistically the most you will save by installing a radiant heat barrier in your attic. Nothing more, probably a little less. On a 90ºF day are you still going to run the air conditioner? Yes, it’s 90°F!
After installing a radiant barrier your air conditioning will run less and more efficiently, but it will still run. However, on a 75ºF day the radiant barrier might just keep you from having to run your A/C at all. Remember, reflective foil insulation is like shade, so the more coverage you have, the better your results.
Generally you can expect a 5 to 25% savings; one story ranch-style homes typically have the highest percentage savings. No matter what the percentage is, the dollar payback remains consistent. On a two story home, you might have only half the savings compared to a single story home but you also probably only installed half the amount of foil and had a lower total installation cost. So no matter your investment, it will match your return.
Installing LED bulbs in your home alone will save you tons of money. Example below.
- Watts used 60W 10W
- No. of bulbs needed for 21 1
25,000 hours of use
- Total purchase price of $21 $3
bulbs over 23 years
- Total cost of electricity used $180 $30
(25,000 hours at $0.12 per kWh)
Smart Power Strip
Smart power strips automatically turn off electricity to all the things you don't need when you turn off your TV, a smart power strip turns off power to DVD players, home theater components, cable boxes, game consoles and so on. When you're not using your computer, have it turn off your monitor, speakers, and all the other gizmos you don't need. Save electricity, save energy, save your electronics!
Amazon Echo (Alexa)
Although this might not bring down energy cost it makes it easy to communicate with other devices. Like your Nest, LED bulbs and much more.
Its a great way to keep your home running on one application.