You’ve already noticed the temperatures dropping and the days getting shorter; according to the old farmer we’re in for another hard Winter in the Northwest. So you may be thinking it’s too late in the year to start that solar thermal project you started checking out in Spring – but it’s not! In fact, we likely have a couple of months of easy installation before the elements become a factor for our team and we can even still handle new jobs into the icy season.
What if you’re not building new? No problem!
While it’s definitely easy to install our solar thermal in new construction we can retro-fit existing homes without any issue. Roof space isn’t a problem either as we are able in some situations to mount our evacuated tube vertically to save room or to capture optimal UV.
But what about snow? And less sunshine? Winter is coming!
We’re happy to say that even during the “snowpocalypse” of 2016-2017 we only had a few service calls for clearing snow, and no real outages. While it is true that your solar thermal tubes will be receiving less direct sunlight during Winter since our systems are so highly efficient you’ll have no trouble having plenty of hot water for your home. You see our systems work on radiant ultraviolet energy; this is available even on cloudy days so you will have no troubles during the cold months.
Breathe easy – Renewable Energy NW has you all taken care of! We’ve been the Northwest’s source for affordable solar thermal and whole home holistic energy solutions for almost a decade and have over 1,000 panel installs under our belt. We love helping homeowners save on the energy costs and business owners too! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have questions, we’re glad to talk or provide a free estimate for your specific energy needs!
While many of us understand that we can turn the sun into our own personal power station, few of us know how that happens. Renewable Energy NW wants you to have a better understanding of how the radiation of the sun is converted into power, both through photovoltaic panels and evacuated solar tubes.
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Shoveling sidewalks, patios and driveways is hard work. It’s even harder if you put it off too long and it sits overnight in the sub-freezing temperatures. While using a snow blower helps, wouldn’t it be better if you didn’t have to deal with it at all? We’re not talking about moving to Florida. We’re talking about a smart solution that’s available right here in Southern Idaho. Solar thermal snow melting uses the sun’s rays to keep your driveway, sidewalks, and patios clear of snow and ice, regardless of the temperature.
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Our cold winter mornings here in Idaho are more enjoyable with the addition of radiant floor heat. Walking on the cold tile first thing in the morning can be a shock to your system. Adding a radiant floor heating system alleviates this problem. Using a solar thermal radiant floor heating system is even better. Not only will you enjoy warm floors, but you’ll save money while being more environmentally friendly doing it!
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The new year is off to a bright start!
This Winter was amazingly mild compared to last year’s snowpocalypse and we’ve made the most of the warmer temperatures to keep on bringing the power of the sun to the good people of the Northwest.
Even though it hasn’t been as cold as it could be our customers are still enjoying great free hot water from the sun! This means more hot showers, how soaks in the tub, and toasty toes thanks to radiant solar thermal floor heating – more than that: it equals savings!
How does solar thermal help you save?
There are lots of ways actually, but here’s the best reasons:
- On average, by installing a solar water heater, your water heating bills should drop 50%.
- Fast pay back – solar thermal has one of the fastest turn around times on cost.
- Solar thermal is 94% efficient.
- Our pumps use less than .5 amps and costs less than $1 per month to run.
- Best of all because the sun is free, you’re protected from future fuel shortages and price hikes.
Solar thermal is an amazing technology, but it’s not hard to benefit from having it in your home and business – best of all we make it easy!
We’d love to talk more with you about how our solar thermal HVAC system can help you start saving with the sun, give us a call at or send an email to schedule your free solar site visit today.