If you’re planning to be as energy-efficient as possible this new year, we’ve got some tips to help you out. Because there’s a lot to take into consideration, from knowing which green energy option is right for you to knowing how to prepare your home for a new geothermal system. We’re here to equip you with the information you need to make the best decisions.
Energy-Efficient Options to Choose From
When it comes to choosing an effective and energy-efficient system, geothermal heat pumps are the way to go. With a geothermal system, there is no need to have two separate systems — a traditional furnace and A/C — since a geothermal system can heat and cool your home at a fraction of the cost. Geothermal systems also provide ideal temperatures as ground source heat pumps serve as a stable heat source helping to maintain comfortable indoor climates all year long. Not only that but there is very minimal noise with a geothermal system. Because traditional furnaces and A/Cs need to work harder to adjust temperatures, they make more noise, while a geothermal system’s stable heat source allows it to work less while achieving the same result (and with less noise).
And if you’re looking to save on geothermal, now through December 31, 2022, you can receive a 26% federal tax credit for residential ground source heat pump installation.
Affordable Energy-Efficient Alternatives
Now, if you’re looking for a more affordable, energy-efficient alternative, you have options.
For example, air source heat pumps (ASHPs) can help you reduce your heating and cooling expenses by about 50%. And if your home is outfitted with solar panels, ASHPs will work with your solar panels to maximize your heating and cooling, helping to make this an efficient and cost-effective solution. Plus, if you’re looking to save even more, our partnership with Xcel Energy can help you save with nearly 30 rebates, rewards, and program opportunities, including rebates for air source heat pumps.
Get an Energy Audit for Your Home
If you’re seriously considering making the switch to geothermal, it’s important to take inventory of your home by starting with an energy audit. An energy audit can reveal gaps in your home’s current energy efficiency and will show you if and where your home’s insulation may be lacking as well. And if you’re planning to put in a geothermal system, you want to make sure your home is well-insulated, as insulation helps to lessen a geothermal system’s workload, helps it reach maximum efficiency, and increases the system’s life expectancy.
While an energy audit is key, it’s also important to take inventory of your current HVAC system. And if, after doing the energy audit, you decide that you want to make smaller steps towards green energy, you can do so with ASHPs, mini-splits, smart thermostats, or electric water heaters. There are many ways to become more energy-efficient, and it all comes down to having the information you need to make the best decisions for you and your home.
Determine an Economic Plan to Go Green
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to green energy, start with the numbers. It’s always wise to determine the best economic plan, especially when it comes to investing in green energy and energy-efficient systems for your home.
Something to consider is that new regulations in Colorado encourage the installation of solar systems to help generate up to 200% of your projected energy usage. In other words, using solar panels to create electricity can help you save long-term and see a reduction in your energy bills if you do decide to invest in installing a geothermal system.
Our goal at the end of the day is simply to equip you with the right information, so you have the facts to make the best decisions. And if you know what system is right for you and your home, we’re here to help. Whether it’s upgrading your current HVAC system, servicing or repairing an existing geothermal system, or assisting with a new system or alternative energy need, we have the knowledge and experience to get the job done right each and every time.
So if you’re ready to go green, reduce your carbon footprint, and increase your home’s comfortability, give us a call. We’re Colorado’s leading geothermal experts for a reason!
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