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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!

 


Make Your Home Into A Solar Powerhouse!

A lot of people think that to see any real benefit from solar that you have to have huge sprawling tube arrays all over your roof – that just is not true! A one panel system like this hooked up to existing water heater is $4500 installed cost prior to incentives. Put together with a 30% federal tax credit and 100% deduction on Idaho State taxes over 4 years and there’s no denying that solar saves dollars and makes sense!

idaho solarOur solar thermal solutions are particularly effective when combined with solar PV from our partners at Evengreen Technology!

Here you will see solar radiant heating and water heating combined with another group of panels provide solar thermal snow melt. It is by blending our technology together that we can provide a superior solution and move many homes closer to net zero.

The RENW team visited this customer recently to take a solar shade off the first solar thermal panel.
This renewable energy project was installed in February of 2016; they turned off their hot water heater that month. The extra energy beyond providing all the hot water they will need in the winter will also assist heating the house. With Winter predicted to hit hard this year the difference comfort a solar radiant system could make for you family is something you can feel. No more chilly toes, a warm cozy house, AND lower energy costs – that’s all win!

Have you been considering the move to solar? Prices on installation have continued to go down as efficiency has gone up; it’s a great time to consider the savings that going green can provide for you. We LOVE helping our customer slash their energy bills and live more sustainable lives!


Not Your Grandpa’s Solar!

The incorrect assumption that a large investment is needed is one the primary reason why solar energy is not still not used by many people all over the world. Not only is this idea not right in regards to what solar PV (used primarily for solar power) offers but it’s even less true about solar thermal.

Now, that’s not to say that it’s 100% free or that there are no up-front installation costs involved, but it is to say that this isn’t your grandpa’s old solar array. For instance, did you know that solar thermal can pay off in 3 years against natural gas, 2 years versus electric and 1 year versus propane? True story!

One of the things we love is hearing from our customers about how switching to solar has changed the way they live:

“My June 2009 gas bill was $49. June 2010 was just $4.50! The gas company got so worried they came to check the meter – I just showed them my solar thermal panel!”

Effective. Efficient. Affordable. Sound too good to be true? It’s SCIENCE!
Are you ready to see how solar can help you save? Give us a call today at 208-577-6537 for your FREE site estimate!


Straw Houses and Solar Savings

It’s hard not to get excited when we see so many people saving with solar here in Idaho! What’s more, it’s helping change the way we think about how we build homes and commercial buildings in relation to their environment; that is leading to innovation. 2016 has been a year of amazing growth for the RENW team and we feel very fortunate to continue to have the opportunity to work with others in our great state who have a passion for building a better Idaho.

We’re 1,000 panels install strong thanks to all of our great realtors, builders, dairies, and of course all of YOU!
Amazing! Let’s keep growing strong with solar!

Some of the people who helped make it happen include:
Earthcraft Construction Legacy Homes Paradigm Construction Company Berkeley Building Company, Inc. Flynner design+build Northern Construction Keath Bennett Realtor & Builder United Dairymen of Idaho and all our great partners!

One such project you likely heard of was the straw house in Boise! We got to be part of this wonderful project first hand with our partners at Earthcraft Construction and were thrilled at the reception it received from the local community. Designer Mark L. Hixson is no stranger to straw homes and the many benefits this style of ultra-green construction can provide, having first built his first straw house in 2010.

“It’s cheaper to build, the heating and cooling costs are ten times less than a normal home,” Lung said. “It’s sustainable, you are using a waste product (and) supporting local farmers.”

Falling in line with recent home design trends like the tiny house movement this latest build features a 980 square foot home with a dynamic design with a annual heating and cooling cost right around $65. That’s not a typo dear reader – that’s a 6 and a 5, no 0 behind it to heat and cool and home for the entire year. With figures like that you can see why we’re more than just a little bit excited about the amazing things going on here in the Treasure Valley!

Want to talk more about the straw house and how solar thermal is changing construction in the Northwest?
We’d love to talk to you more! Call for a free estimate or come see us this July 28-31, 2016 at the Canyon County Fair as we kick off the Summer of Solar!


Exciting times for solar!

It really is a wonderful time to be involved in the green energy revolution! Over this past Memorial Day we had some time to reflect on just how fortunate we are here in Idaho to be poised at the forefront of all the great things that solar is bringing to our country. Things in the Northwest are heating up and the sun is shining bright on the future of solar in Idaho!

Idaho Solar Thermal
Just recently we had a smile delivered to us by one of our RENW customers!

Intermountain Gas just showed up to see if the meter was broken… trying to figure out why I’m reporting so little gas used. We just had to smile – that’s the power of solar thermal!

Another common question many ask is what we mean by a “whole home solar solution”. That is simply our term we use to describe the fact that we offer the best overall value to our customers by combining the technologies of our renewable energy partners in thermal, PV, and HVAC, as well as forward thinking Idaho home builders.

Solar thermal alone is impressive enough, costing just pennies a day to run, but when you combine it’s efficiency with other home solutions like solar attic fans, solar lighting, and solar electric you simply can’t lose! We’d love the chance to talk to you about your specific home or business needs – call 208-577-6537 today for your free solar site estimate!