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 Solutions: Solar is the Most Reliable and Sustainable Form of Energy Production

Quality Commercial and Residential Solar Panels Residential and commercial solar panels are becoming the most reliable, sustainable, and economical form of energy production. With the increasing scarcity of fossil fuels, individuals and governments are finally being forced to pursue alternative energy production solutions. The solar solution has taken hold, in the last decade the solar industry has had a compound annual growth rate of nearly 60% – and still rising. 

On a basic level, solar power is so reliable because it comes from the sun – an endless supply of energy that has fueled the existence of life since the beginning of time. Even when there is a black out on the grid from weather or an utility company mishap, solar-powered homes and businesses will still be able to have electricity.

Solar power is also the most reliable from a financial standpoint considering the continuous rise of utility costs and the decreasing amount of fossil fuels available. Having a solar powered home or business relieves the financial obligation of keeping up with fluctuating utility costs. Solar users can see a full return on investment in as little as 3 years from utility cost savings alone.

The demand for renewable energy will continue to growth rapidly, and now is the time to join the solar movement while there are so many federal and state incentives, rebates, and financing (HERO) options available.
With the rapid growth of the solar industry, SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association) and the government are at work to optimize the sustainability of solar PV panels through the manufacturing practices, technological advances, and recycling of the panels.

Solar panels are highly sustainable, especially compared to the process of energy production with fossil fuels. The majority of solar panels are warranted for 25 years or more, giving home and business owners peace of mind when it comes to their investment. EU Energy Institute found that 90 percent of solar panels last for
30 years or longer. Even the world’s first modern solar panel is working after 60 years.

Not only do solar panels have a long life span, they are also very durable products. Their robust nature allows the panels to withstand almost any element Mother Nature can through at them – from bird droppings to hail. Solar panels are generally maintenance free, and are ‘cleaned’ naturally every time it rains.

The sustainability and reliability optimization of solar energy is also being accomplished with the solar market itself to insure it’s continued growth. This will be achieved through feasible supply-chain, workers rights, progressive environmental legislation, and staying green with the manufacturing and production of solar panels.

Sustainable Residential and Commercial Solar Panels The Solar Experts at Action Air are here to guide to your Solar Solution. We are here to help you find the best solution for your home and budget – and our certified technicians are guaranteed to efficiently install your new solar panel PV system. We will provide a free consultation including a quote. Contact us and become apart of the Solar Movement today!
Source: GTM research and SEIA

Solar Rooftops in California Improve Economy

California continues to be the leading solar market in the US. Solar has been on the rise in recent years, and has substantially improved California’s economy. Solar production is increasing which creates lower product and installation costs for consumers. The California state incentives to transition to solar have also helped drive it’s increasing economic influence. In order to sustain growth in the solar industry, legislation needs to maintain long-term policies that encourage renewable energy production. The good news is that the majority of upcoming California representatives hold strong bipartisan support for solar.

Going Solar enables home and business owners become independent from utility companies. Using solar power protects individuals from the rising utility costs, and with fossil fuels becoming more scarce, utilities prices will only continue to increase. The sun cannot be taxed or tariffed, and its energy has fueled the existence of life since the beginning of time. Using the sun to our advantage will not only help protect our precious planet, but it also allows individuals to become less reliant on the finite supply of fossil fuels.

With solar on the rise, production must meet the demand. This means more systems will have to be designed, more materials will need to be manufactured, and installations will increase. This creates jobs within the solar industry and boosts the employment rate within the renewable energy sector. The solar industry employment growth rate has already surpassed the national average.
According to SEIA (Solar Energy Industries Association):

  • There are currently more than 2,336 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in California, employing 75,600 people
  • In 2015, California installed 3,266 MW of solar electric capacity, ranking it first nationally
  • The 13,243 MW of solar energy currently installed in California ranks the state first in the country in installed solar capacity.  There is enough solar energy installed in the state to power 3,319,000 homes
  • In 2015, $7.268 billion was invested on solar installations in California
  • Installed solar photovoltaic system prices in the U.S. have dropped steadily- by 6% from last year and 48% from 2010

The Solar Experts at Action Air are here to help you transition to a renewable, sustainable source of energy.

Resources

“California: Renewables Portfolio Standard”. Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2015-11-01.

http://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/california. Retrieved 2016-05-27.

How Weather Effects Solar Energy Production

Temperature, air density, precipitation, pollution, fog, and wind can disturb solar energy production, but should not be considered ‘deciding factors’ when assessing your climate for solar power use. If these conditions are prominent in your geographic location, solar is still a viable option considering battery back-up can always get the job done in the absence of beloved sunny days. 

Sunshine Exposure for Solar Power

The length and strength of solar power received are the two most important factors in producing electricity through photovoltaics. As such, regions that receive the most sunshine per day will produce the most energy. Solar tracking can off-set the decrease in energy production when days become shorter and the sun is not at an ideal angle for maximum insolation.

Wind

Wind damage to your solar panels is unlikely considering they are specifically designed to withstand wind speed up to 80 mph or more. However, solar PV systems are subject to the same laws of physics as any other electrical circuit. The behavior of the electrical circuit in terms of voltage, resistance and current are governed by other effects, like air temperature and wind speed. Since wind speed influences air temperature, it is a piggy-back factor of how temperature can affect a solar PV system.

Temperature

Solar panel power production is the most efficient when temperatures are low in sunny environments.

  • High temperatures: Field and laboratory experiments (Rivers State University of Science and Technology at Port Harcourt, Nigeria in 2008) have revealed a drop of solar energy output for every increase in degree of a home photovoltaic solar panel once the panel reached 42 degrees Celsius, or about 107 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Low temperatures: The angle of the sun determines irradiance (brightness) and insolation (strength of sun when it reaches ground) which both determine the amount of energy production photovoltaics. Locations closest to the poles, and/or during winter seasons, the angle of the sun is low and temperatures decrease, causing solar panel energy production to also decrease.

Air density

Thin air is ideal for solar power for the simple fact that when the air is thicker, it scatters more sunlight. Typically, the higher the elevation, the thinner the air is. Locations at or below sea level tend to have higher air density.

Snow / Rainfall

A thick layer of snow on your solar PV panels will affect the production of energy entirely. However, panels naturally give off heat and are purposely installed at an angle which will prevent the accumulation of thick layers of snow. During rain or snow, the length and strength of the sun is minimal and will decrease energy production as a result.

Pollution

Pollution, much like clouds or fog, diffuses sunlight so the strength of the of sun will decrease in highly polluted areas.

Cloud Cover / Fog

If you live in an area with dense cloud cover or fog, like San Diego, your solar power output will decrease but the solar PV panels will still produce electricity. Clouds/fog diffuse (spread out) sunlight, so the angle of the sun and/or panels are not as critical. The amount of solar energy produced in these conditions depends on the thickness and duration of the fog or cloud cover. A single cloudy day will not affect the amount of power coming into your home, it is more important on the amount of sun that your panels see on average per year.

Although weather can have a significant impact on solar power production, solar panels are built to withstand heavy rain, hail, wind and cycles of heat and cold for many years. Despite unfavorable conditions for solar power production, your home can still receive electricity it needs through battery back-ups and smart mounting solutions. Switching to solar is still a wise investment that will increase the value of your home, help the environment, and save you on energy bills. Call Action Air today to learn more about solar panel installation!

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!

Get Energy Efficiency Upgrades through CaliforniaFIRST Financing!

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What you need to know about CaliforniaFIRST Efficiency financing and how to use it for home solar installations and HVAC energy upgrades.

In the harsh environment that is a long-term drought in the Southwest, CaliforniaFIRST offers upfront financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water saving improvements to your home or business.

How Does CaliforniaFIRST Efficiency Financing Work?

CaliforniaFIRST Efficiency financing provides 100% Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for home energy and water saving upgrades for your home. The program offers affordable long-term financing that property owners repay on their property tax bill. Owners can finance up to 15% of their home’s value with flexible repayment terms of 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25 years. With this kind of financing program you should be able to focus on the best parts of your home instead of worrying how to pay for efficient upgrades.

How Do I Apply For CaliforniaFIRST Financing?

The application process is simple – you can apply directly online or talk to a representative on the phone. The application takes minutes for approval and once approved you will get upfront money to start your upgrades immediately with your choice of CaliforniaFIRST registered contractors, like Action Air. Once you have the work completed, you simply repay the financed costs on your property tax bill.

There are a variety of financing options available for home energy upgrades. Action Air is also a registered HERO financing contractor. Contact our experts to learn more about home solar installations or HVAC energy upgrades.

Why Should I Invest in Solar or HVAC Energy Efficiency Upgrades?

Doing energy efficient upgrades can add value to your property, as well as increase your comfort and enjoyment of your home. Installing energy efficient HVAC systems, newer efficient water heaters or solar panels can lower your monthly utility bills. Drought resistant landscaping can also alleviate monthly water costs and beautify your property all while contributing positively to the state’s water crisis. All of these upgrades can be financed through the CaliforniaFIRST program.[/vc_column_text][ultimate_spacer height=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Solar Panels: How They Save the Environment and Energy Costs

Drive through any southern California neighborhood and you are likely to see solar panels on the roofs of residents who have decided to save money, reduce their home energy use, and support the environment by going solar.

solar-panels-california In fact, California is leading the solar revolution and has become the first state to generate more than 5% of electricity from utility solar. More and more businesses and residents in southern California are taking advantage of year round energy-producing sunshine, and saving thousands on their electric bills. With so many advantages of going solar, one of the first questions inquisitive minds ask is: how do solar panels work?

Simply put, a solar panel works by allowing photons, or particles of light, to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity. Solar panels are comprised of many, smaller units called photovoltaic cells (photovoltaic simply means they convert sunlight into electricity).

One solar panel is made up of many small photovoltaic solar cells. Each of these cells uses light to make electrons move.:Below is a step by step process of how your solar panels convert the sun’s light into energy for your home.

  • Everyday, light hits your roof’s solar panels with photons (particles of sunlight)
  • The panel converts those photons into electrons of direct current (“DC”) electricity. Naturally, the sunnier it is, the more energy is produced by the panels.
  • Those produced electrons flow out of the panel and into an inverter and other electrical safety devices.
  • The inverter converts that “DC” power into alternating current or “AC” power. AC power is the kind of electric juice that your television, computer, and toasters use when plugged into the wall outlet.
  • A bi-directional meter keeps track of the all the power your solar system produces. Any solar energy that you don’t use immediately will go back into the grid through the meter. Then at night or on cloudy days, that extra solar juice is credited back to your bill.
  • Some homes will store the energy created from solar panels with a battery, this is not as common as connecting to the grid, but if you are able to accomplish this, then you have truly become energy independent!solar-panels-in-california

Solar Tip! Solar panels that can avoid shade, can maximize sun coverage will produce the most solar energy power.

Considering going solar for your home energy needs? Don’t miss out on available tax credits and rebates that you can take advantage of

before the end of the year. Contact our solar experts on the web or by phone 800-400-4152. Action Air, your solar San Diego professionals.

Can I Take My Solar Panels With Me When I Move? | Solar San Diego

Although not a question we get very often, we occasionally have people ask what happens to their solar panels if they decide to move. Some people wonder whether they can take their solar panels with them when they move. Technically, the answer to this question is yes, but the better question is  actually “should I take my panels with me if I move?”

Solar panels require a considerable investment to install. Much of the cost for solar electric systems comes in the form of labor to install the panels. Paying for labor to remove the panels and then again to have them re-installed at your new home can significantly reduce or even nullify the gains investing in solar would yield.

Solar Panels Improve Home Value

Installing solar on your home can have a considerable impact on your home’s value. Studies have shown that homes with solar not only sell for more, they sell faster. Removing the panels from your home would actually be counter-intuitive because you can realize a higher resale value, which you can then use to re-install new panels on your home.

Although there haven’t been significant leaps in solar technology, newer panels are likely to be more efficient than your older panels and installation costs have dropped considerably in the last few years (by more than 60 percent in some areas in fact), so you will likely come out ahead financially by simply leaving the panels on your current home and buying new.

What to Do If You Want to Take Your Solar Panels With You

If we haven’t convinced you otherwise and you still want to take your solar panels with you, be sure to hire a qualified electrician or builder who is certified to perform solar panel removal. The panels will need to be removed in a manner that will not damage them and properly packed for transit. If your panels are damaged during transit after they have been removed from your home, they will not be covered by manufacturer warranty, leading to additional expense to have your system re-installed on your new home.

What If I Lease Panels?

Although we do not provide solar leasing programs,  some homeowners do choose to lease solar panels. Policies for what happens with your solar panels if you move while under a leasing agreement varies by provider. Please check with your provider to learn more about their specific policy.

Want to Learn More About Solar in San Diego?

If you are considering installing solar and want to learn more about solar San Diego installations and the surrounding area for your home or business, give us a call or fill out a contact form on the right. Our solar technicians can discuss the options that are available to you, assess your home’s solar potential, and even provide you with production and return on investment estimates!

Contact us today to get started!

Will Solar Increase My Property’s Value?

Trusted Solar Panel Installation in San Diego, CA Many homeowners often worry that solar panels will not increase their property value—or worse—will make it decline. Numerous studies on the impact of solar panels on property values have determined that this is not the case, however.

How Much Will Solar Panels Improve My Property Value?

A recent study by Wells Fargo Bank and the Journal of Appraisers stated that adding a residential solar electric system adds value at a rate of 20-to-1 of the savings in utility savings. This increases the value of a home by 3-4 percent.

Other studies have shown property values can actually increase even more! The impact on property values can vary considerably by the part of the country you live in. In our area, Southern California, homes with solar and energy efficiency upgrades are highly sought after and command a premium on the home market. In addition to being worth more than comparable homes without solar electric systems, they sell faster!

In fact, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that homes with solar power sold faster than to the equivalent of homes without.

Can I Calculate How Much Solar Panels Will Increase my Property Value?

Absolutely. There are a number of great, free, tools available online that allow you to quickly and easily calculate potential property value increases from installing a solar photovoltaic system on your home.

We like http://pvvalue.com. This website is run by Sandia National Laboratories, a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.

Simply register to download their PV Value tool in excel form and fill in the necessary information to determine the impact a solar electric system may have on your property values.

Want to Learn More About Solar in San Diego?

Highest Quality Solar Panels in San Diego, CAIf you are considering installing solar and want to learn more about solar installation in San Diego and the surrounding area for your home or business, give us a call or contact us on the web. Our solar experts can discuss the options that are available to you, assess your home’s solar potential, and even provide you with production and return on investment estimates!

Contact us today to get started!

Do I Need to Adapt My Home Or Business to Run on Solar?

Using Solar Power in San Diego This is a question that we are commonly asked. Many people think they may need to upgrade the appliances or electrical devices in their home if they install solar, but you do not.

The confusion often arises because people read that solar power is produced in direct current (or DC current), but the appliances in a standard North American home run on alternating current (or AC current). To overcome this difference, installed with every residential or commercial solar installation is an inverter system that converts DC current to AC current.

Why Does Energy Produced From Solar Need to Be Converted to AC Power?

There are two main reasons why DC power from solar panels must be converted to AC format. First, as we mentioned earlier, the appliances and electrical devices in your home are designed to run on alternating current.

Secondly, the majority of solar installations are grid connected. Homes and business with solar pull DC current electricity from the grid when their solar arrays are not producing enough power and when they are producing more than they’re using, they send power back out onto the grid. Any current sent onto the grid must be in the same AC format that conventional electricity is transmitted in.

Will I Experience Any Differences At All Once I Go Solar?

No! Everything will continue to work as normal in your home. The only change you’ll notice is the big change in your electricity bill!

Want to Learn More About Solar in San Diego?

Reliable Solar Contractors in San Diego If you are considering installing solar and want to learn more about solar installation in San Diego and the surrounding area for your home or business, give us a call or fill out a contact form on the right. Our solar technicians can discuss the options that are available to you, assess your home’s solar potential, and even provide you with production and return on investment estimates!

Don’t miss out on your chance to het $0 down financing and 2015 Tax Rebates before the end of the year. Contact Action Air Conditioning, Heating and Solar to get started today!