Energy Efficiency

Advice on properly setting your thermostat for efficient cooling.

3 Ways To Boost Your A/C Efficiency

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With Summer right around the corner, it’s time to get ready to crank that air-conditioning and stay cool. These helpful tips will keep your system running smoothly and as efficiently as possible, creating less work and less wear on your equipment. Everyone can use these quick and easy tips to save a little electricity, so share this info with your friends – especially those who haven’t gone solar yet. They’ll need it most!

1. Replacing Your Filters

By replacing your filters, you significantly reduce the airflow restrictions and allow the fans and motors of your cooling system to operate more efficiently with less burden. Not only does this make your system more effective at cooling the house, it also saves energy and extends the life of your system by reducing the work load required. As an added bonus, changing your filter also removes any allergens that were trapped, allowing you to breathe a little easier.

Advice on replacing filters for efficient A/C usage.

2. Setting Your Thermostat

If you’re like most homeowners in San Diego with air-conditioning, you’ve probably already made the upgrade to a programmable thermostat. The most efficient method is to set your thermostat to 12 degrees above the desired temperature while you’re away, then have it begin cooling to the desired level about an hour before you get home. If you leave the A/C off while you’re gone, you’ll come home to a hot house full of hot furniture, walls, and flooring. It takes a lot longer (and a lot more work) for your cooling system to dissipate radiant heat from every object in your home rather than keeping them cool in the first place.

Advice on properly setting your thermostat for efficient cooling.

3. Cycling Your A/C

For those who don’t have a programmable thermostat, or those who just don’t know how to program it, your best option is going to be allowing your A/C unit to cycle, as opposed to leaving it off until you want it and then turning it on. When you keep your temperature set to a moderate level (even when you’re away), your air-conditioning system is able to cool the whole house then turn ON and OFF automatically to maintain the temperature. Though it may seem as if this would be more costly to keep the A/C setting ON all day, it actually is more energy efficient. Once the desired temperature is achieved (even early in the morning), your system will cycle ON for 10-20 minutes and then OFF. If the house and furnishings get hot, the system will be forced to work continuously without ever achieving the desired temperature.

Advice about cycling your A/C for efficient energy usage.
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Solar + Electric Vehicles = BIG Savings on Transportation Costs!

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Save on Energy Costs & Fuel Costs with Solar!

Everyone knows solar panels can help you save significantly on your home’s utility bills, but did you know they can also help you save BIG on transportation costs? With a plug-in electric vehicle, you can generate your own “fuel” by producing electricity with your solar panels, then charging your vehicle at home. San Diego is also home to over 600 EV charging stations throughout the county, which provide free or cheap power for your electric vehicle.

At Solare Energy, our Analysts are experts at calculating solar panel system sizes to completely offset your electric bill. But did you know they can also calculate how much extra energy you’ll need to produce to offset your transportation costs? Even if you don’t own the electric vehicle yet, we can accurately estimate additional energy consumption for an EV just by knowing which model of vehicle you intend to purchase and how many miles you intend to drive on a yearly basis!

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Charge Ahead California

California has passed the Charge Ahead California Initiative (SB-1275) to encourage the state’s motor vehicle owners to trade-in their gas guzzlers for electric vehicles! Incentives of $2,500 or more are available for those looking to make the switch to an EV. The intent of this initiative is to reduce air pollution caused by traditional gas motor vehicles, and it provides you a great opportunity to take advantage of electric vehicle ownership, which can save you significantly when combined with solar electric generation at your home or business.

EV Day – San Diego

Solare Energy will be participating in EV Day San Diego, a Ride & Drive event where you can test-drive some of the most popular electric vehicles on the market including the Tesla Model S, BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and more! We’ll be talking about how you can save significantly on your transportation costs by installing solar panels and generating your own “fuel.”
For more information, visit the Center for Sustainable Energy.

Stop by Liberty Station and learn more on Saturday, Septemeber 20th, 2014 from 10am-3pm.

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