Have you maxed out your PV system, but need more power? With the number of calls we’ve received from NEM and Grid-Supply customers about batteries, it seems you’re not alone. Well, the solution to “gaining” more power may be cheaper and simpler than you think!
“When you get a PV solar system, it’s sized to your home’s energy needs,” explained RevoluSun’s Director of Sales David Gorman. “If you can reduce how much energy your household uses, you can ‘stretch’ how far your electricity goes.”
Sounds good in theory, but do you have to compromise looks or performance for the sake of saving energy? Dave assured us this wasn’t the case with Smart Home. “We’ve curated a collection of products that are top of their class for energy efficiency, aesthetics, and performance. Like a Tesla Model S, these products won’t feel like a compromise, they’ll feel like an upgrade.” Here are some of the best energy savers at RevoluSun’s Smart Home Open House.
Whole House Fan
In hot areas from Kaimuki to Ewa Beach (and pretty much everywhere when the tradewinds stop), air conditioning can amount to 80 percent of a home’s electric bill. Many people, rather than spend a couple hundred dollars per month on AC, try to make do with fans. However, fans merely push the same hot air around the house. Whole House Fans are entirely different. “We call these ‘tradewinds at the flip of a switch,’” says David Gorman. Within minutes of “flipping the switch” of a Whole House Fan, cool air flows in through your windows and the warm air in the house is sucked up through a ceiling vent. The Whole House fan, which is mounted in your attic, then forces all that hot air out of your attic through existing venting holes. These energy efficient fans make a huge difference on indoor comfort and cost less than 10 percent of what air conditioners cost to operate.
Sun Bandit PV Hot Water
Up to 40 percent of a home’s energy use comes from heating water. Sun Bandit can eliminate this cost using rooftop photovoltaic panels that send solar electricity directly to the solar hot water tank. “Many homeowners who got ‘solar water heaters’ in the 80s are calling now because their systems are leaking or failing,” said Dave. RevoluSun highly recommends replacing these old systems with a Sun Bandit PV hot water system. “Sun Bandit causes less stress to your roof because water (and its weight) isn’t stored up there, and since the water isn’t traveling to the roof and back, there’s no opportunity for water leaks.” In addition to substantial electricity savings, the installation of a Sun Bandit system is eligible for a 30 percent federal PV tax credit and a 35 percent state PV tax credit (capped at $2,250). Sun Bandit systems do NOT require HECO approval and will not jeopardize a Net Metering Agreement.
Velux Solar Powered “Fresh Air” Skylights
Do you have an existing skylight? If it’s a single layer glass or “bubble” shaped acrylic one, you’re familiar with heat gain. Heat gain is the heat which enters the house and can’t escape, so it radiates into your living space, making hot days feel hotter. The solution? A SMART skylight from RevoluSun.
Manufactured to minimize heat gain, these skylights can also be outfitted with blinds for times when you want less light. Use the remote control to open the skylight for ventilation or to adjust the blinds. A built in rain sensor will automatically close the skylight if it starts to rain. A 30% federal tax credit for the PV-powered version makes this upgrade a no-brainer.
See, stretching your energy isn’t painful (or ugly!). In fact, RevoluSun has partnered with Greensky Financing to make it easy on your wallet with low monthly payments. Call today and see if “stretching” is the answer for you!