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Ways to Save Energy and Money This Summer

Ways to Save Energy and Money This Summer

With summer only a few weeks away, it’s time to break out the environmentally friendly sunscreen, bathing suits and beach towels. It’s also the perfect opportunity to take a closer look at your energy bills.

We all know warmer temperatures mean higher electricity costs – fortunately, there are plenty of energy and money-saving tips you can try this summer. The best part is that most of these home improvement hacks are projects you can do yourself.

1. Check for Leaks

Have you ever felt a cool breeze when you walk past a window or got a waft of the neighbor’s barbequing when standing by a door? That could be a sign of poor seals around your entryways and windows. Plug these spots easily with foam sealant, insulation strips or you could always repair the framing altogether. Doing so before the sweltering summer heat will save energy, money and your sanity.

2. Clean Out Your Vents

Clogged air conditioning vents are a homeowner’s worst nightmare in warm weather. When vents are dirty, cool air is trapped inside the walls instead of circulating around the house. Before your back-porch thermostat begins to uptick, be sure to check your air vents for dust and debris. Once the vents are clean, aim them toward the center of each room for the most effective cooling effect.

3. Upgrade Your Shades

Dated window blinds and shades can be huge money wasters. Heat pours through these older shades in the summertime and causes your bill to skyrocket. Replacing your blinds with insulated cellular shades is an effective way to keep your money in your pocket and reduce the amount of energy you consume via air conditioning.

The Department of Energy1 explains insulated cellular shades can “reduce unwanted solar heat through windows by up to 80%, reducing the total solar gain to 15% or less when installed with a tight fit.”

4. Install a Ceiling Fan

Speaking of air conditioning… ceiling fans are a wonderful alternative to constantly pumping cold air into your home. Fans consume a fraction of the energy air conditioning systems use, so the more you rely on your ceiling fan, the more money and energy you’ll save in the long run.

Check out these helpful instructions if you need guidance during the installation process!

5. Go Solar

While each of the options detailed above are great ways to save energy and money in the summer, there’s nothing better than capitalizing on the sun itself. With a new Momentum Solar system, you’ll capture the energy of the sun and harness it to lower your electricity bills every month. If your solar panels generate more energy than your home consumes, you can bank the credit and roll it over to the next month.

If you’re considering going solar, don’t wait any longer. It’s important to cash out on the sunny summer months and begin banking solar credits now. You don’t want to wait until winter to start saving on your monthly electricity bill.

Get your free, no-obligation quote from one of our dedicated solar specialists today!


How is Solar Energy Made into Electricity?

How is Solar Energy Made into Electricity?

Solar energy is booming across the United States and all around the world. In fact, a recent study released by the Environment America Research and Policy Center found that solar power more than doubled in most major U.S. cities over the last six years. In addition, several cities like Las Vegas, Nevada and Dallas, Texas saw their solar power more than quadruple.

Even though communities are flocking toward solar energy, and more people than ever are installing solar panels on their homes, many are in the dark about the technology that makes it possible. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand the process of converting solar energy into electricity.

There are four basic principles to converting collected solar energy into usable electricity:

  • Step One: Absorbing the Sun’s Powerful Rays

    We’ve all felt the warmth of the sun on our skin. This sunlight is actually measurable, usable energy – and, once your solar panels are installed, they can begin to harness this abundant natural resource! Our design team purposefully places your panels on the sunniest part of the roof to capture as much energy as possible.

    As soon as sunlight hits the panels, the energy travels into an inverter beneath the solar panel, runs down the side of the house (via a neatly laid conduit) and into a combiner box.

  • Step Two: Your Solar Inverter Converts DC Power to AC Power

    Momentum Solar’s microinverter converts your power from DC to AC, which is what we use inside the home. This is also the type of energy our appliances and electronics depend on for power.

  • Step Three: Electricity Begins to Flow Through Your Home

    Traditionally, your current electricity meter likely only spins forward. After partnering with Momentum Solar, your dedicated solar specialists will work closely with your utility company to replace your meter with a bi-directional meter. The bi-directional meter tracks when you use and produce energy. This process is called net-metering and is essential to banking excess power.

  • Step Four: Your Excess Electricity is Fed Back to the Electric Grid

    After installing your solar panel system, you may find that your home produces more electricity than it consumes during the day. This excess electricity is fed back to the grid and, at night time, when your system is no longer producing power, you can pull power seamlessly from your utility company without being charged for it. This “banking” process applies for rainy, snowy and cloudy days as well. In short, the more energy your system produces, the less you’ll have to pay for the utility company’s power!

Not only is solar energy a cost-effective choice, but it’s also a wonderful way to help the environment and reduce your carbon footprint. Compared to traditional “dirty” energy, solar power dramatically cuts carbon emissions, improves water quality and provides millions of homeowners with a completely sustainable form of energy.

If you’d like to learn more about solar energy, please click here to receive your no-obligation quote.