Going solar is an ideal way to begin saving money and to invest in clean, renewable energy. With California’s energy mandates outlining California to be greenhouse emission neutral by 2045, solar panels are an important piece of the energy puzzle. But, even after we choose to have solar panels installed on our homes or businesses, there are other steps we can take to conserve energy and save even more money.
Minimize Energy Waste
We create energy waste when we are being careless. For example, we often forget to turn off lights when we leave a room or leave a bathroom light on at night. Making a habit of turning off lights or investing in night lights will show an immediate reduction in energy usage.
Turn Appliances Completely Off
Newer appliances, such as TVs, stereos, or DVRs, are often shut down into “stand-by” mode when they are not in use. The electronics may seem like they are ‘off’ – but their screens are just faded to black, but they are still actively working. When you leave these electronics plugged in and not completely turning them off, they continue to consume energy. This could result in an extra $70 a year in electrical use per appliance.
Scale Your Heating and Cooling Systems
One of the biggest wasters of energy in our homes are our heating and cooling systems. The biggest, and perhaps most expensive, waste is leaving our heating and cooling systems on when we are not at home. There is very little reason to cool your home to 67 when you are not home during the long summer days…just as leaving your heater to 70 in the middle of winter is an expensive energy choice when the house is empty. This unnecessary expense can add up to hundreds of dollars a year in unnecessary expenses.
Making the choice to go solar is a simple one. The costs savings associated with solar energy are undisputable. Plus, you are making a choice that helps protect our beautiful environment. Continue to keep cash in your pocket and the air clean with managing your energy usage – before and after going solar. And if you have not yet made the decision to go solar, give one of our Energy Adviser’s a call and schedule your free consultation today.
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