Energy Efficient Technology Helps Environment and Owners

The news about environmental pollutants, disasters and the greenhouse effect is increasing in frequency, but so is the rate of innovation with energy efficient technology. The use of clean and efficient energy systems can provide a solution to the impactful issue of environmental pollutants, and save home and business owners on energy costs. At the top of energy efficient technology is solar PV panels. Switching to solar energy power as an alternative energy solution for our every day needs can dramatically offset the negatives effects of fossil fuels, create independence from utility companies, and lower energy costs.

In addition to solar power, there are several more clean energy technologies that are helping the environment and saving home and business owners on energy costs:

Ultra Efficient Heat Pump Systems

The next generation of heat pump systems can reduce energy consumption as much as 30 – 45%. There will be several options for owners to chose from including fuel-fired multi-function residential heat pump, low-cost gas heat pump, natural gas heat pump and air conditioner.

 

Smart Thermostats

High tech thermostats automatically adjust room temperatures based on the individual’s lifestyle. The owner simply enables the thermostat’s settings to accommodate their comfort level and schedule, and high-tech sensors and algorithms will automatically adjust temperatures per those settings. Smart thermostats can also integrate weather fluctuations to insure your space is kept at pre set temperatures. This saves owners on energy costs, and allows for hands-free heating and cooling operation.

 

Carbon Fighting Heat Dryers

The same technological advances for next generation heat pump systems are being to create energy efficient heat dryers that will reduce energy consumption up to 60%. The dryer is fueled by a heat pump cycle that generates hot air to dry your clothes.

 

Next Generation Insulation

Keep your home insulted to it’s maximum capacity can save residential owners big on energy costs. New environmentally friendly foam has been developed that is made from composited materials and insures heat or cool air will no escape during peak seasons.
We guarantee the best service for solar installations, and our Solar Experts are here to help guide you through your transition to Solar. Additionally, Action Air is a Premier Certified Lennox Dealer and our team will help you find the best heating and cooling technology for your home or business. Call us today to get on your way to the best energy efficient technologies – and savings!

Solar Federal Tax Incentives Extended

The federal government recently passed a spending package allowing solar tax incentives to be extended for another 5 years. The solar tax incentives allow taxpayers to receive a 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC). This is great news for the renewable energy industry and the solar movement! The new legislation has created a boom in the solar industry by effectively encouraging residential and commercial property owners to use solar technology in their homes and businesses.

Now is a great time to transition to solar – not only does the current legislation makes it an affordable and economical option, photovoltaic panels will also increase the value of your home or commercial building. The solar usage in the US is expected to triple within the next 6 years – and has already nearly doubled since 2014. With solar panels steadily becoming mainstream, the economic value of properties with photovoltaic panels will increase substantially.

Since the Solar TAX INCENTIVE was implemented in 2006, solar installation has increased over 1,600 percent.*  The extension for solar tax incentives insures the industry’s growth, and when the amount of solar installations increase, the price per solar pv panel decreases.

From an environmental perspective, the projected growth due to the solar ITC extension will offset 100 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year.

“There’s no way to overstate this — the extension of the solar ITC is the most important policy development for U.S. solar in almost a decade,” said MJ Shiao, Green Tech Media’s director of solar research.

The experts at Action Air are here to help you get the maximum return on your investment. Call us today for a free consultation. Our team will get you on your way to an environmentally friendly solar panel system, increased property value – and energy savings!
*Resources

http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/breaking-house-passes-1.1-trillioun-spending-bill-with-renewable-energy-tax

http://www.seia.org/policy/finance-tax/solar-investment-tax-credit Solar Energy Industries Association

US Locations That Are Best For Going Solar

As a homeowner with solar, or considering going solar, you most likely recognize the importance of clean energy how beneficial it is for the environment, the economy, and homeowners alike.

Although solar panels can essentially be utilized in any location where the sun shines, there are certain climates that are ideal for harnessing solar power. In addition to federal tax incentives, certain states offer even more incentives to go solar through rebates, funding, and tax breaks.

Solar capacity and state incentives are the two of the most important factors when evaluating which US locations are best for solar panels. The following information seeks to advise you on the US locations that benefit most from a photovoltaic panel system.

In general, areas closer to the equator have far greater potential for producing solar electricity than areas closer to the poles, and areas with consistent sun have greater solar potential then areas that are frequently overcast. Since there are few clouds in the desert and plenty of sunshine, making Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, and Southern California some of the best states for solar energy production. Hawaii and Florida also have the potential to make solar the biggest energy source. All these states’ climates are uniquely suited to take on solar as the main source of renewable energy. Unfortunately, some of these states are lacking the RPS, or renewable portfolio standard, to make this a real possibility. Having a RPS in place requires that a certain percentage of all energy produced is renewable. An RPS is the best way to motivate utility companies and homeowners to go solar. Florida, for example, has no RPS in place but is one of the states that has the greatest potential for renewable energy.

Unlike Florida, other states with the greatest solar capacity such as California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas have a RPS in place and are taking advantage of the opportunity to make solar power the main source of renewable energy.

Solar capacity is important in terms of the amount of energy that can be produced from photovoltaic panels, however, ‘going solar’ is still an attractive option for locations that receive less solar irradiance (brightness) and insolation (strength of sun when it reaches ground). Surprisingly, states without high solar capacity have proven to be the most committed to solar energy through their respective legislation. For example, New York legislation leads the nation in the best rebates and tax breaks for residential solar. Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland, and Vermont are following New York’s lead and also offer brilliant incentives for homeowners to go solar.

As a whole, the United States has terrific solar resources, geographically and financially. Call Action Air today to take advantage of Southern California’s high solar capacity, tax incentives, and financing options!

Go Solar! How Hero Financing Can Help You Transition Into Solar Energy for Your Home

HERO can be vastly more beneficial than traditional consumer financing. Not only is HERO Solar Financing primarily based on the equity a property owner has, it also does not base decisions on household income or FICO scores.

Eligible coverage under the Hero Financing Program includes both equipment AND installation costs. Hero does not require upfront cost and offers low fixed rate loans for up to 20 years!

Going solar can reduce or eliminate your electric bill all together, saving you the big bucks in the long term. Additionally, financing through HERO requires no upfront costs.

The benefits of going solar:

  1. No out of pocket cost
  2. Low interest fixed loans for 5, 10, 15 & 20 years
  3. Cuts or often eliminates electricity bill
  4. Increases the value of your home
  5. Protects the environment

Installing a solar panel system to your home is a big investment – Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar can make sure that financing your solar upgrade or installation is easy and affordable.

Contact Action Air, Heating & Solar today to see how HERO financing can help you go solar!

Micro-Inverters vs. String Inverters: Why Micro-Inverters are Better for Your Solar Panel Needs

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_single_image image=”6146″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” css_animation=”appear”][ultimate_spacer height=”30″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]When purchasing solar panel systems for your home or business, an important question is asked: which type of inverter is better for my system – a micro-inverter or a central (string) inverter?

Both types of inverters convert the direct current (DC) produced by your panels into the usable alternating current (AC) that powers your electrical appliances. The difference between the types of inverters starts with how many are installed with your panel system and goes on to the short and long term costs associated with both. Let’s start with the physical differences.

Micro-Inverters

Micro-inverters have been around since the 1990’s and are roughly the size of an internet router. Micro-inverters are installed at each panel, allowing for maximization of the individual panel’s energy production. A PV system containing 30 panels, for example, would have 30 micro-inverters installed. There are some micro-inverters that connect to two panels, but the system would still have 15 micro-inverters total, instead of one central inverter. One of the biggest benefits of micro-inverters is that one solar panel with lower performance can’t reduce the performance of the entire system. Micro-inverters are especially useful on properties where the solar panel array is installed on multiple angles, such as roof planes that face different directions. They are also beneficial for systems that have coverage issues- such as shading, dirt, or snow. Shading on as little as 9% of a panel array that is connected to a central inverter can lead to as high as a 54% decline in total system performance. This is a big decline that can be avoided by using micro-inverters.

Central (String) Inverters

A central inverter is the typical inverter that is installed with a home solar photovoltaic panel system and is closer to the size of a large home-printer. Central inverters are also called string inverters because one inverter is connected to a string of PV panels. The central inverter is usually installed at ground level or near the breaker box. String inverters are generally more cost-effective at installation, but they are best used for solar energy systems that have zero shading at all times and have panels that all face the same way. This can limit the energy production if your home has multiple roof gables or shading from trees or structures such as chimneys. A central inverter restricts the system production to the weakest panel while micro-inverters can maximize each panel’s individual production.

Additional Benefits of Micro-Inverters

Micro-inverters have longer warranties since they are not exposed to the high-heat and high power loads that central inverters are exposed to. Typically, micro-inverters have a warranty of 20-25 years which is 10-15 years longer than central inverters. Micro-inverters are also easily expandable since you won’t have to restring the entire system to add more panels later. Monitoring performance reports on a panel-by-panel basis can allow minor tweaks to individual panels to keep the system running optimally. Additionally, if something does go wrong with one of the panels or the micro-inverter attached to it, the rest of the system will continue to operate. Micro-inverters are also safer due to the lower voltage of operation and they do not require active cooling, therefore they operate without noise.

Cost Comparison

Micro-inverters are more expensive than central inverters but they have many benefits that may offset the initial cost to make them more beneficial long term. Installations with micro-inverters take less time and are less complicated which can decrease the cost of installation by 15%. Micro-inverters also have better durability and longer lifespan. It is calculate the lifetime costs and lifetime energy production of the system when evaluating the long-term usefulness of micro-inverters. Each solar project is different.

The solar experts at Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar will help determine if going solar is right for you. Call us at 800-400-4152 or Contact us on the web today for a FREE SOLAR QUOTE and more information![/vc_column_text][ultimate_spacer height=”20″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

HERO™ Financing Through Action Air Can Help You Get Solar For Your Home

HERO™ FINANCING (Home Energy Renovation Opportunity)

If you’ve recently been considering going solar but are not sure how to pay for it, we’re here to let you know that HERO™ financing is available through Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar!

HERO™ is different from traditional consumer financing programs because it is based primarily on the equity a property owner has and because HERO™ does not base decisions on household income or FICO scores. This allows anyone to easily get financing for their solar installation needs. Eligible costs under the HERO™ financing program include both the cost of the equipment and the installation costs.

HERO™ offers fixed interest rates typically ranging from 5.9 – 8.9 percent and offers 5, 10, 15, and 20 year loans. Adding solar to your home will help increase your homes value and give you the ability to become energy independent!

action-air-san-diego-solar-residence-solar-projectsBy the end of this year, HERO™ will be available in more than 120 communities in California. The program has helped fund more than 10,000 residential projects for energy efficient upgrades through access to more than $165 million in financing. In addition, the HERO™ program has helped create more than 2,100 jobs in California.

What is the HERO™ Program, and how does it work?”

HERO™ enables residential and commercial property owners to install energy and water efficient improvements and renewable energy systems by having a special assessment put on their property tax bill. Payments are made through their local county with their property taxes over time.

What types of home improvements are available under the Program?”

Over 150,000 products and services quality. Typical projects include: solar photovoltaic (PV) systems; energy efficient space heating, air cooling and ventilation (HVAC); cool roof systems; energy efficient windows, skylights, and doors; solar thermal water heating; air sealing and weatherization; insulation; water heating; indoor energy efficient light fixtures; and water efficiency measures.

What are the costs and benefits of joining HERO™ for my community?

There are no hard costs to joining the HERO™ program and it does not require any dedicated staff resources to develop or implement the program. Additionally, your community will see numerous economic benefits including:

  • Reduce energy consumption
  • Stimulates local businesses
  • Creates sustainable jobs
  • Lowers greenhouse gas emissions

Why should we choose HERO™ compared to another PACE program?

HERO™ is the nation’s fastest-growing PACE program. By choosing HERO™, your community is choosing a program with a proven track-record of stimulating economic growth. The program was developed with a network of home improvement contractors who count on HERO™ to build their businesses. They are creating new jobs everyday and plan to expand into regions where HERO™ Financing is offered.

Installing a solar panel system to your home is a big investment and we at Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar want to make sure that financing your solar upgrade or installation is easeful and affordable. Contact Action Air today to see how HERO™ financing can help you go solar today!