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Energy efficient homes cost less to own, operate and maintain. In addition to the monetary incentive, many claim energy efficient homes are more comfortable.
You have the potential to save 20-30 percent on your household energy bills by implementing energy efficiency improvemetsn.
Energy Ideas for the Home Owner
Solar Energy Alternatives
Photovoltaic: Roof panels are used to converts the suns energy into electricity.
Solar Water Heating: This system absorbs the suns energy into through solar collectors that face the sun. The collectors heat the water through either an active or passive process. In active solar water-heating systems, a pumping mechanism moves heated water through the home. In passive solar water-heating systems, the water moves by natural convection. Solar water-heating systems work in tandem with conventional gas or electric water-heating systems.
Solar Air Heating: Using the collectors from solar water heating you can heat the air in your home through a passive or active system
Solar Lighting: There are several solar lighting options available today. Options available to the homeowner range from in-house lighting to outdoor solar lighting. To learn more please visit the US Department of Energy's Solar Lighting page.
Residential Solar Tax Credit: The Energy Policy Act of 2005 extends a 30-percent tax credit to consumers for the purchase of residential solar water heating, photovoltaic equipment, and fuel cell property. You can receive a maximum credit of $2,000 for each kilowatt of capacity for solar equipment and $1,000 for each kilowatt of capacity for fuel cells. This credit expires after December 31, 2016.
For a list of other residential tax credits by State visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy
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