Energy

Tesla Powerwall Solar Home Battery

Meet Powerwall, your home battery. How does Powerwall work during an outage? Powerwall can detect an outage, disconnect from the grid, and automatically restore power to your home in a fraction of a second. You will not even notice that the...

Sonnen Batterie – Smart Home Energy Storage

sonnenBatterie eco - a declaration of independence for your home The sonnenBatterie eco is an energy storage solution that utilizes intelligent energy management software. It is easily adaptable to your individual needs. The system is available in a...

Comparing Different Types of Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

by Cory Yeakel With new research on energy consumption emerging all the time, more and more people are looking for different ways to reduce their eco-footprint and become more energy efficient. There are numerous ways to conserve energy at home, with one of the...

Elemental Green’s Net Zero Hero Hall of Fame

At Elemental Green, our mission is to accelerate the adoption of green home building and renovation – sustainable homes should be the status quo! And, quite frankly, they need to be. We desperately need to protect our environment. Right now, we believe the drive...

Fight Climate Change with Net Zero Energy Homes

World Green Building Week (WGBW) is September 25th - October 1st and the focus this year is on net-zero energy buildings. Since buildings consume roughly 70% of the energy in this country and account for about 40% of CO2 emissions, transitioning to net...

Expert Tips for a High Performance, Energy Efficient Home [Podcast]

The Home Detective - Expert Tips for a High Performance, Energy Efficient Home Marla Esser Cloos (aka The Green Home Coach) is the founder and co-host of Green Gab, a weekly podcast where she and co-host Tony Pratte talk all things green. She is also a NAHB Master...

6 Top Renovations to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

by Nikki Fotheringham, author specializing in environmentally-friendly building technologies, renewable energy and all things green Not everyone thinks to remodel their home for efficiency purposes, as well as aesthetics. However, there are several ways your...

The Difference Between High-Performance Home Certifications

High-performance building delivers revolutionary energy efficiency. Passive buildings routinely achieve 90% reductions in heating energy use compared to conventional buildings, and similar reductions in cooling energy. When combined with day lighting, heat pumps for...

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), electricity production generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions (roughly 30%) because nearly 70% of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels. We all know we can reduce energy use through simple behavior changes like turning off lights and electronics when not in use, but building or renovating an energy efficient home offers far bigger opportunities for savings.

  • ENERGY STAR PRODUCTS: ENERGY STAR is a certification program run by the EPA that applies to everything from appliances and electronics to building materials and lighting. Products certified by this program use considerably less energy than their traditional counterparts. For example, a water heater is the 2nd biggest energy user in the home, but an ENERGY STAR certified electric storage water heater uses half the energy of a standard model. ENERGY STAR certified light bulbs use 75-90% less energy and last 10-25 times longer. That’s smart design!
  • ENERGY-EFFICIENT DESIGN: The way a home is designed can reap massive rewards when it comes to reducing energy use. For example, LEED homes can save anywhere from 30-60%, a Passive home performs 60-85% better, and a Net-Zero House produces the same amount of electricity that it needs to run – or in some cases, more electricity than is needed! That’s incredible home energy savings!
  • ENERGY SOURCES: The variety of options for renewable energy grows every year as new technologies continue to be developed. No longer are giant panels the only option for home solar energy, now solar shingles are an easier, more ‘eye-friendly’ alternative. Do you have a stream running through your property? With micro-hydro power machines, even a small stream can generate consistent, clean, dam-free, renewable electricity at a price per Watt lower than solar or wind!

In addition to monthly utility savings and greenhouse gas emission reductions, energy-efficient products and projects qualify for a variety of tax incentives and rebates at the local, state, and federal levels. For example, the Energy Investment Tax Credit, also called the Solar Investment Tax Credit, provides a 30% federal tax credit that goes towards solar panels for home.

Tesla Powerwall Solar Home Battery

Seamless backup power. With or without solar. Powerwall detects grid outages and automatically becomes your home’s main energy source. Protect your home from the next power outage and keep your lights on, phones charged, and no puddles under the fridge.

Sonnen Batterie – Smart Home Energy Storage

The sonnenBatterie eco is an energy storage solution that utilizes intelligent energy management software. It is easily adaptable to your individual needs. The system is available in a variety of storage capacities and configurations, allowing for extensibility and expansion.

Comparing Different Types of Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

There are numerous ways to conserve energy at home, with one of the easiest changes being lighting. Lighting is said to be the fourth largest energy consumer in residential homes, contributing to about 10-20% of your overall energy bill, so a simple change to energy-efficient bulbs can go a long way in reducing your household eco-footprint and saving you money.

Elemental Green’s Net Zero Hero Hall of Fame

At Elemental Green, our mission is to accelerate the adoption of green home building and renovation – sustainable homes should be the status quo! And, quite frankly, they need to be. We desperately need to protect our environment. Right now, we believe the drive...

Fight Climate Change with Net Zero Energy Homes

World Green Building Week (WGBW) is September 25th – October 1st and the focus this year is on net-zero energy buildings. Since buildings consume roughly 70% of the energy in this country and account for about 40% of CO2 emissions, transitioning to net zero...

Expert Tips for a High Performance, Energy Efficient Home [Podcast]

Listen in as Kellye Markowski from Energy Smart Homes offers advice for homeowners/residents to reduce their energy and costs and know the best course of action for their house. She says people take a stab at doing the right thing for their home or property, yet they typically do the wrong thing or do the steps out of order.

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