Home Energy Assessment
Here at the Pinnacle Group, we like to start our Solar journey by assessing how much electricity your household uses, as well as future plans that would increase your energy needs. The Pinnacle Group uses cutting-edge software to measure not only how much energy you use, but when you use it. Electrical utilities have implemented time-of-use billing, which means you pay different rates for energy at different times of the day. We account for this when measuring your energy to ensure you have a system that meets your needs.
HOW ENERGY EFFICIENT IS YOUR HOME?
There are a number of factors that can reduce your property’s energy efficiency. Here is a quick list to help you get started:
01 CHECK OUT YOUR LIGHTING
How efficient are your light bulbs? Energy for lighting accounts for about 10% of your electric bill. Examine your light bulbs and consider switching to LED bulbs that use 90% less than normal bulbs.
02 EXAMINE THE INSULATION
Examine your attic for air leaks as well as your window weather sealing. Heat leaking through the ceiling, and walls could be significant if your home is not properly insulated.
03 INSPECT YOUR HVAC
Inspect your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning equipment annually, or as recommended by the manufacturer. Check your filters and replace them.
04 APPLIANCES & DEVICES
What appliances & devices are you using? The appliances and electronics you choose and how you use them to affect your energy use and costs.
To reach Net-Zero for your property, and completely be self-sufficient, solar is the most effective source of energy. Reaching 100% efficiency is easy with the right company.
You can reduce the amount of energy you use with updated appliances and air conditioning equipment. It also helps to unplug any devices you’re not using, like cell phone chargers (even if the phones are not plugged in). Using energy-efficient LED bulbs can also make a considerable difference in your efficiency. Lastly, air leaks will affect your heating and cooling, making your air conditioner work harder to keep your home or business comfortable. Taking steps to increase your efficiency will reduce your energy usage. However, no matter how efficient you are, you will still have a bill at the end of the month. Without solar panels to provide your energy, you have to rely on local electrical utilities. These utility companies use sources such as coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants to generate energy. Since those sources continue to disappear, the prices will keep going up over time.
At The Pinnace Group, we take into account your current energy needs and we will work with you to create a system that suits your needs.