Where to start when converting your home appliances to solar
You’ve probably seen more electric cars on your commute and more solar panels on the roofs of neighbors’ homes — but what about inside the home? You can power your home appliances with clean, solar energy. Electrifying your home starts with retrofitting your home and upgrading from gas-powered to electric appliances, which can be powered by the solar energy your panels produce.
Areas to electrify
Electric appliances are three to five times more efficient than their gas-powered counterparts, meaning they are less expensive to run and are better for the environment because they use less energy. Think about all the different appliances in your home that currently burn fuel other than electricity. They all represent opportunities for conversion. Keep reading as we explore each area of the home to see where electrification is needed.
Heating and cooling systems
Upgrading to electric heating and cooling with a heat pump system is an important first step in home electrification. A heat pump is a standalone electrical appliance that is capable of both heating and cooling your home. Comparatively, furnaces generate heat by burning fuel, such as natural gas. A heat pump does not require fuel. Rather it uses electricity and a refrigerant to transfer outdoor heat into the home and vice versa. Because this system does not require fuel, you can power it with the electricity you provide with your solar panels. This makes them more cost-efficient and better for the environment.
Heat pump water heaters are an efficient, electric option. They use the same technology as the heat pumps used for heating and cooling homes. Simply put, a heat pump water heater extracts heat from the surrounding air and stores hot water in a tank similar to a normal water heater. There are also several models of tankless water heaters that are powered by electricity instead of gas. Tankless water heaters are a great option for people with small spaces or who want to save space.
The importance of annual energy audits
When you power your home with solar, you reduce your reliance on the unreliable PG&E electrical grid and utilize renewable energy to power your electric devices. With electrification, your home’s electricity load will increase, along with the number of solar panels required to power all those appliances. So, an all-electric solar home must operate as efficiently as possible.
To make sure your home isn’t wasting energy, you should schedule yearly energy audits. An energy audit is an inspection of your home that assesses energy usage and identifies energy efficiency measures that you can conduct to improve your home’s efficiency. An energy auditor will tell you where your home is losing the most energy and propose improvements that save energy – and reduce your utility bills. Though this is a paid service, it will save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in wasted energy bills. Of course, you can contact SOLARPARTS to get more information, we`re glad to provide you free consultation. You can through the following information to know more information about SOLARPARTS and our products.
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