Will Adopting Solar Power Mean Changing Your Lifestyle?
Despite what you may hear, adopting solar power probably won’t require any significant modification of your lifestyle.
Switching to solar power doesn’t mean you must also switch to an eco-friendly lifestyle. You don’t have to be a die-hard environmentalist to invest in a home PV system — and most solar customers today are more interested in saving money than going green anyway.
You Don’t Have to Be Energy-Efficient to Invest in Solar Power
Lights blazing in every room, appliances and electronics running constantly and the heat or air conditioning set at whatever temperature feels comfortable — does that sound like your household?
You don’t have to change any of that to go solar. A home PV system can provide you with enough electricity to power everything. No matter how much energy your household uses, a photovoltaic array can be designed to effectively meet your needs.
Should You Consider Energy Efficiency Anyway?
You won’t have to think about energy efficiency before switching to solar power. But if you have a tight budget or limited space for installing a panel array, doing so will let you accomplish more savings with a smaller system.
So if saving space or money is a priority, you could consider implementing some energy-saving strategies around your home. Most will have no affect on your lifestyle or comfort.
How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Simple steps, such as swapping out your incandescent light bulbs for energy-efficient ones or sealing around the windows and door frames can make a big difference in how much energy you use.
For advice on worthwhile energy improvements for your household, try the Home Energy Saver audit tool from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Answer a few easy questions, and the tool will give you a list of upgrades to consider. Or if you decide to embrace the eco-friendly lifestyle before switching to solar power, you may benefit from a professional home energy audit.
The Intermountain Wind & Solar team can perform a household energy audit as part of your solar power site evaluation. Just ask, and our professionals can make suggestions for simple, inexpensive steps you can take to boost your energy efficiency. Or if you’d prefer not to make any changes, we can design an effective home PV system to meet your current electricity needs.
The professional PV contractors at Intermountain Wind & Solar are committed to helping homeowners slash their electricity bills and achieve energy independence. For anyone living in Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nevada and Wyoming, we make switching to solar energy easy and affordable. Contact us and schedule your free solar power consultation today.