We have been very conscientious about saving energy and have been using energy efficient products for almost all of the years we have been in business. From furnaces to heat pumps to lighting, there are many energy efficient options available that we have offered from the start. We don’t always recommend renewable energy options; our number one goal is to conserve energy, so it depends on the individual case. Most people invest in renewable energy because they are sincere about wanting to do something energy efficient. The payback varies greatly depending on each case, but on average it can run anywhere from 9 to 15 years.
We install and service custom residential and commercial renewable energy units, with the following kinds of renewable energy options:
Wind Energy Solar Electric Solar Thermal
Wind energy, like photovoltaic energy, is dependent on the sun’s energy. As parts of the earth are heated by the sun, air rushes to fill low pressure areas, which creates wind power. Wind power is converted into electricity through the use of a wind turbine.
Benefits of wind energy include:
• Never-ending source of energy
• In theory there is enough wind to supply energy to the whole world.
Solar electric, or photovoltaic, energy refers to the use of solar power technology with a solar photovoltaic cell to convert the sun’s rays into electricity.
There are many benefits to using photovoltaic energy:
• Highly Reliable • Require little maintenance • Costs little to build & operate • Safer for our environment • Produced domestically, reducing our trade deficit • Flexible in terms of size and applications • Provides more certainty to energy service providers • Serves for both form and function in a building
An inverter is an electronic circuit that converts direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). They allow DC power from solar panels to supply AC power to operate equipment that is normally supplied from a main power source. Inverters are also used on some wind generators for the same purpose.
Solar thermal energy is a technology used for harnessing solar power for practical applications from solar heating to electrical power generation. Solar thermal collectors, such as solar hot water panels, are commonly used to generate solar hot water for residential, commercial, and industrial applications. Solar thermal energy is used in architecture and building design to control heating and ventilation.
Some solar thermal benefits include:
• One of the simplest and most economical renewable energy solutions.
• The heat is stored, generating power day or night, in rain or shine both form and function in a building.