Hawaii Home + Remodeling | August 2015
Summertime in Hawaii means more sunlight, warmer temperatures and plenty of excuses for a pool party. This also usually translates to higher energy bills. RevoluSun Smart Home is a curated collection of energy efficiency and lifestyle improvement products that make homes more economical, healthy and comfortable. Stop by the Smart Home showroom at 210 Ward Avenue to learn more about these smart summer products.
“Natural lighting is the obvious benefit of skylights, but many people overlook the benefit of the fresh air from an articulating skylight,” states RevoluSun Smart Home General Manager David Gorman. “The majority of homeowners we’ve talked to that have skylights say they never open them because they either have lost the cumbersome old-school crank handle needed to open the skylight, or they are worried about rain. Our wireless remote controlled Velux ‘Fresh Air’ skylights eliminate both of those problems, allowing the homeowner to receive the benefits of what skylights are intended for and reduce electrical expenses.” Velux’s fresh air skylight is wireless: opens and closes via smart device and is powered with a built in photovoltaic panel. It has a built-in rain sensor and will automatically close when rain approaches. This product is eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit and is suitable for new installations or retrofitting existing skylights.
In addition, Velux Sun Tunnels capture daylight at the roof and carry it through a silver-infused tunnel to deliver natural light into the home. Sun tunnels can illuminate the darkest rooms with the beauty of natural light, transforming areas to feel warmer and larger. Sun tunnel accessories include an electric light kit that provides functional light at night, if needed.
QuietCool Whole House Fans provide energy-efficient ventilation and cooling for the entire home and feature the best warranty in the industry. While QuietCool fans cool the house in a much more energy-efficient way than air conditioning, they also exhaust and ventilate the air, keeping air fresh while ridding a home of irritants like pet dander, odors, germs, smoke and VOC gases. Finally, as the name implies, Whole House Fans are whisper quiet.
In many home designs, a QuietCool system may even eliminate the need for an air conditioner. The QuietCool system is designed to cool and ventilate the entire home by pulling warm, stale air up and out of the home while drawing in fresh, cool air. These exceptionally quiet fans can be installed in single or multiple-fan configuration. Installation is quick, on average just two hours per fan. Whole House Fans are proven to save homeowners up to 90 percent on air conditioning bills. Savings also include a $75 rebate from Hawaii Energy.
Sun Bandit solar water heaters do not need HECO approval, save money on hot water, and are eligible for a 30 percent Federal Photovoltaic tax credit as well as a 35 percent State PV tax credit (capped at $2,250). The installation also comes with a 10-year tank warranty and a 25-year PV panel warranty.
Sun Bandit solar water heaters utilize innovative photovoltaic (PV) technology to deliver clean and reliable hot water by using the abundant energy of the sun without utility oversight or approval needed. Another advantage of a Sun Bandit system is that it eliminates the need for antiquated and complex solar thermal water heating. Traditional solar thermal systems require pumps, redundant pressure relief valves (prone to leaks) and complicated plumbing. Sun Bandit uses rooftop PV panels rather than traditional solar thermal collectors and sends solar energy directly to the Sun Bandit solar hot water tank.