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You Won’t Find A Solar Calculator Here!

Lots of Idaho solar companies are excited to have you visit their website, give up your contact info, and use their “solar calculator” in order to get an accurate quote on how much solar you need and how much it can help you save…sound great doesn’t it?

There’s only one problem: not every house is the same! So how are they providing a real estimate?

It’s easy, because they aren’t!
They aren’t looking at your home, your energy needs, or anything else other than the size of your roof in square feet and how many solar panels they can squeeze into it.

Unfortunately, not only does this end up costing you more from the outset but it can even end up costing you for years to come! What happens when years from now you make other changes to your home? Maybe you install draft preventing double pane windows, or switch all your lights to eco-friendly bulbs….suddenly your home is needing 30% less energy but you’ve still got all those panels up there pumping it out.

While the power company is happy to have you helping them power the grid, this also means that the energy you’re paying to collect isn’t doing you as much good! We believe there is a better way.

We start by looking at the energy load your home currently requires. We look at everything inside and outside of your home to see what things can be improved upon to provide better energy efficiency long before we ever start measuring out your roof space. See, over the years we’ve developed knowledge that allows us to look at the bigger picture of your home’s power needs and by doing this we can give you a truly comprehensive whole home energy solution. This can mean the different between two panels on your home versus ten, and that equals thousands of dollars that stay in your pocket before we even begin work!

We would love the chance to show you all we can do – including solar thermal and beyond! We are confident that we will be able to offer you a plan for your home to help you start saving on your energy bills right away and for years to come! Schedule your free solar site visit today!


Stop Paying Your Power Bill!

Just imagine if you could! Well, the good news is it’s not just some far fetched idea. Thanks to the modern technology we use in our whole home energy solutions you can start cutting those energy bills right away. You see, Renewable Energy NW LLC provides much more than just solar pv, or even just solar thermal – we take a look at the big picture of your home’s energy expenditures and see where we can reduce costs before we even start measuring out your roof to see how much solar will fit on it.

Here’s a great example!
We received a call yesterday from a customer that we installed a system from over 5 years ago. They had a question about a Solar PV system and charging into old lead batteries. Once the question was answered, I inquired how the solar thermal system was working. His comment was “great”! They had not turned the gas hot water heater on since they moved into the new house over 5 years ago.

Our home energy solutions aren’t just for new construction! While you certainly don’t have to start from the ground up it can be easier to install the systems necessary for optimal savings while the home is being built, but even existing homes can see an amazing savings on energy bills using our recommendations. We’ll begin by assessing your current power bill, look at where it’s costing you the most, and then provide a comprehensive energy plan to help you start saving right away.

Our solar solutions are about more than just heating your home too! While solar thermal is known for it’s super efficient ability to radiantly heat floors and walkways we can also use our systems to provide cooling as well. Best of all you can enjoy these savings the entire time you live in your home and should it come time to relocate you can count on these improvements adding to your overall home value. Give us a call today to schedule your free solar site visit!

 


Better Efficiency Less Space!

One thing that keeps some homeowners from even considering installing solar on their home is the concern that they will have to clutter up or cover their roof with huge bulky panels. While every home will require different installations for varied needs you’ll be happy to know that our systems generally take up less space than traditional photovoltaic solar panels and offer even more efficiency!

We start by first looking at how we can reduce your home energy load before even considering “how much” solar we should install in your home. There are a number of things that can be done to improve the efficiency of most home HVAC systems, and we like to start there because it allows us to offer even better energy conservation for your home from the get-go. Our solar thermal systems can generally take care of most single family homes with just a couple panels installed.

From there we have a base energy level we can work with and start developing an all inclusive energy solution for your home! Depending on your home needs and your preferences we can offer great renewable options like solar attic fans, as well as solar PV for electrical support, and our highly efficient solar thermal systems to heat and cool your home year round. Our payback figures are among some of the shortest available of any green energy; you can expect to see savings on your energy bill right away!

We would love the opportunity to speak with you about your home energy needs and how we can help cut them in half! Get in touch today to schedule your on-site solar estimate and start saving tomorrow!


RENW at the Boise Spring Home Show!

We love getting out into the local Idaho community and meeting the people we serve!
It’s always a great opportunity to chat, get to know folks, and answer questions the have about the solar solutions we provide for home and business.

This month we’ll be at the Boise Spring Home Show!

Make a day of it and come on down!
With over 200 displays and remodeling/landscaping inspiration around every corner, there’s always something new popping up at the Boise Spring Home & Garden Show. Brighten up and bring new life to your home this season.

March 14-March 17 2019!
Thurs & Fri 5pm-9pm, Sat 11am-7pm
Sun 11am-5pm

Admission is just $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and kids 12 and under get in free! Bring the whole family and get ready for Spring in Idaho with Renewable Energy NW LLC!
Keep an eye on our website here as well as our Facebook page for all of our upcoming events!


Solar Thermal: Questions About Cost

It surprises us that many people are still not familiar with solar thermal technology and often compare it to traditional solar photo-voltaic.

This is especially interesting because solar thermal is actually the older of the two solar technologies!

To help dispel some of the common misconceptions about solar we’ve put together this quick graphic so you can see the differences at a glance.

idaho solarNow, this isn’t to belittle solar PV! We have worked with it as an accompanying technology in the past with great success, and we believe it is through comprehensive use of multiple methods that you get the most benefit.

The biggest differences between the solar thermal we offer and solar PV is that solar thermal heats the water/liquid directly whereas PV creates electricity which then heats your water. Either one works, but when it comes to water heating solar thermal simply can not be beat!

Price too high? Not enough ROI?
These are all things we hear when people want to down talk solar and fact is when it comes to solar THERMAL these things are even less of a concern! Fact is, solar thermal from Renewable Energy NW has one of the fastest paybacks of any alternative energy; best of all you will see immediate return in the form of lower energy bills even before the system is paid off!

Are there up front costs? Yes! But that’s true of ANY investment.
After you’ve already enjoyed years of low energy costs and have your system paid off you can still see more returns should you decide to sell your home – as much as $20,000 in some cases! Ready to start saving? Let’s talk!