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No Worries Winter With Solar!

Summer all but dried up and blew away in a matter of a few weeks here in the Northwest and the sudden change has many people worried that we might be in for another super frigid Winter! That is, people who haven’t harnessed the power of solar thermal!

Many people aren’t familiar with Solar Thermal, and think it’s the same thing as old standard Solar PV which only provides electric power. Solar thermal is a whole different technology! Our particular system is especially efficient as it makes use of the water already coming into your home to circulate heat throughout the building in order to provide not only hot water whenever you need it but also a holistic method of warming your home.

Don’t let the idea of high cost stop you in your tracks either! You don’t have to be loaded with cash because solar thermal saves dollars and makes SENSE! While you will see some cost up front, just like any investment, you’ll be glad to know that solar thermal has one of the fastest paybacks of any renewable energy and you will have the initial cost paid off in just a few years. In the meantime you will be able to enjoy about 50% less cost on your monthly energy bill so you will see the savings right away!

You could be enjoying a soak in your new solar hot tub this Winter while the neighbors are out shoveling snow!

Even better, with our radiant solar snow melt you won’t have to be shoveling either. There’s still plenty of time to get your solar thermal project on the books for this year so get in touch today for your FREE solar site estimate to see how we can start helping you save money on heating your home today!


Solar Thermal Does More Than Heat – How COOL Is That?!

Solar Thermal, despite being somewhat of a newer alternative energy technology is finally settling in to the broader awareness of consumers across the nation. It’s ability to cut costs by saving on heating the water for your home is easily it’s most well known application, with solar radiant heating and snow melt being close behind. But did you also know that the same system that you can use to slash your energy budget in half can also help cool your home or business as well?

It’s TRUE!

solar thermalFloor cooling is similar to floor heating that has been used in Europe and other parts of the world over the last several decades. The lines we use to run solar radiant heating through your floors can just as easily use the cool water already present in your home to circulate cool water throughout the building as well.

This ambient cooling provides a great, efficient way to move cooler temperatures through your home in the Summer months without overburdening your electrical system. This style of comfort cooling is exceptional because it works in harmony with your body, cooling not only through the touch but also by lowering the temperature of the air itself as the cooler air moves through the system.

Radiant cooling energy savings depend on the climate and other factors, but on average across the US savings are over 20% compared to conventional systems.  Solar radiant cooling also generally has lower first costs and lifecycle costs compared to conventional systems. While solar radiant heating and cooling may not be right for all applications, spaces with large air volumes, such as loading docks and warehouses, are especially good for radiant floor heating because heating all that air would be inefficient.

In more typical uses solar radiant hvac is more efficient than forced air heating or cooling because there are no drafts or duct losses.

Whether it’s for adding comfort to your home or business, we know that solar thermal can help you save on your energy costs!
Through our partnerships with other exceptional local service provides we’re able to create a comprehensive and holistic energy plan that’s sure to help you save by harnessing the power of the sun! Call 208-577-6537 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!


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!


We’re Building A Better Idaho!

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.

solar thermal homeThe 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!