Reduce Energy Consumption Before Adding Renewable Energy:
As more property owners opt to purchase renewable energy solutions, we must ask, are we missing a step? Collectively, our focus has been predominately on energy production rather than energy reduction. When you look at the numbers, however, energy efficiency is just as important as production. In fact, efficiency advancements cost less than energy production, according to The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
ACEEE regularly publishes reports on energy efficiency and provides insights into the energy savings achieved. According to their “2020 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard,” energy efficiency measures saved the United States approximately 25.8 quads (quadrillion British thermal units) of energy in 2018. To put this in perspective, the total primary energy consumption in the United States in 2018 was about 100.2 quads. Energy efficiency is America’s cheapest resource, and it has remained largely untapped.
Why Energy Efficiency Comes First
When considering solar or other alternative energy solutions, smaller systems make sense for customers. Smaller systems cost less, and thus, are more affordable. We, at BarrierEnergy, have figured out the secret recipe to attain this! Before purchasing solar for your property, assess efficiency first. An energy audit can help you pinpoint what features of a building need improvement. Think of it like going in for a checkup before agreeing to undergo surgery.
If you find that the energy efficiency of your property can be improved, we suggest that you make these upgrades before investing in solar. After assessing the data from the energy audits performed by BarrierEnergy, we found that the top three factors with the greatest return on investment, are wall insulation, duct leakage, and lighting. With years of experience, we can guide you through the process of consumption versus cost analysis in order to produce a list of recommendations. We can even help you with the execution of our building sealing package.
Alternative Energy Solutions
Once you address energy efficiency, you are ready to determine the feasibility of solar. Ask us about delivering a free solar design for your project. When you approve our proposal, you are choosing a company that understands more than just solar. We want to help our clients maximize their savings from start to finish. Plus, you can include the cost of efficiency upgrades with residential solar loans. Imagine getting those new windows, or appliances you’ve always wanted with no money down! That’s right, you won’t even have to make a payment until the third month after your solar installation. Call or click for a free quote today.