Old man Winter made himself known in a big way here in Idaho as most of you in the Northwest know! Record snowfall brought FEET of the powdery white stuff to our region, putting a halt to business as usual for a lot of folks – unless they were selling snow shovels and ice melt salt!
One group of people who had a little less to worry about this season were our radiant solar heating customers! Those who make use of solar thermal for ice melting walkways like our good friends at NNU had plenty of time to enjoy toasting their toes instead of shoveling snow. Even our customers who used the power of the sun for radiant solar flooring were snug as bugs as they enjoyed the benefits of lower heating costs throughout these coldest of months.
Keeping the snow away and your ten little piggies warm is just part of what is possible though! Through our solar power partners we are one of the few green energy companies who can provide a truly holistic whole home solution for your energy needs. And it’s not just for the house – if you’re in the ag industry, or any industry that relies on hot water we can help you cut your energy bills in half! – call us to find out more!
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!
Our 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!
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!
We are loving 2016! Beyond it just being a very active year for solar thermal we’re thoroughly enjoying the opportunities we’ve been given to work with some of the valleys most progressive home builders.
The RENW team just finishing up this rooftop install in conjunction with Flynner Homes.
The home itself is facing South for optimal energy collection and features a slightly sloped TPO membrane seal roof and will be using energy from the sun to heat water 365 days a year!
We also just finished another solvar HVAC install with Earthcraft Construction!
We love their attention to detail and passion for using advanced technology to build energy savings right into their homes. One of our favorite project has been the straw bale homes they’ve been creating – these systems will heat/cool the home and provide the hot water as well! The home owner is adding 10 Solar Photo Voltaic panels and estimated total cost of energy for the home is $60 – that’s $60 is per YEAR!
But solar isn’t just for saving on your home energy costs! Harmony Organic Dairy in Twin Falls is already saving since they made the switch to solar thermal! The system we installed for them will create over 1,000 gallons of 170 degree water every single day for cleaning and sanitation uses. The dairy was awarded a USDA REAP grant covering 25% of the installed cost of the project! Sustainable organic milk? Now that’s good for the body and the soul!
These teams of future minded companies are helping to build an even better Boise and Treasure Valley! The RENW team would love the opportunity to speak with you about how harnessing the power of solar can help you cut your energy costs this year – just call 208-577-6537 for your FREE solar site estimate today!