Solar and Geothermal Planning
Installing geothermal and solar energy systems does require some planning. If you’re hoping to convert your current systems, you may need additional work to ensure your home is ready. In truth, some structures simply can’t be converted because these new systems can’t be supported. If you’re still in the planning stages, contact us right away so we can help you make your home or building geothermal and solar ready. If you are working with an existing structure, don’t let that deter you. We’ll do whatever we can to convert your systems so you can enjoy the bounty of Earth’s renewable resources.
One of the most sustainable methods of heating and cooling your home is with a geothermal system. By harnessing the stable temperature of the ground beneath your home, geothermal systems provide an energy-efficient means of heating and cooling. E3 INNOVATE works with homeowners to figure out not only if their home is geothermal ready, but also what size, style, and features are a good fit for their needs. Like solar, which offers a federal credit to save you 30% of the total system cost, now is the time to go geothermal with E3.
With the cost of electricity still rising, many homeowners in Middle Tennessee are making the switch to solar energy. The benefits of going solar are plentiful, but you may need some help ensuring your home is solar ready. First and foremost, solar energy is an incredibly clean form of energy that reduces dependence on fossil fuels and emits no carbon into the atmosphere. Solar is also considered a sound financial investment, since it allows homeowners to sell electricity back to power companies. Because there is no further cost involved in a solar power system besides making your home solar ready and the initial purchase of solar equipment, your home should enjoy free electricity for 40 years or more. Finally, with a federal credit saving you 30% of the total system cost, now is the time to go solar with E3.
Rain Barrels and Water Purification
When we think about ways we can save the environment and energy in our homes, an area that is often overlooked is our water consumption. When you look at the average American household, we use approximately 400 gallons of water per day. So what if you could drastically reduce that amount and have cleaner water at the same time?
We suggest reducing outdoor water consumption through the use of rainwater harvesting systems called rain barrels. These systems can be set up at a collection point near your home. As rainwater pours into your rain barrel, it is filtered of debris and is then ready to be used to water your garden, wash your car, or even let the kids play in a sprinkler on the lawn without the guilt of using tapwater.
Utillizing rain barrels can reduce outdoor water usage by as much as 1,300 gallons per year, but this isn't the only way you can improve water usage in your home. A water purification system, such as a reverse osmosis (RO) water filter, can also help you cut how much water your household uses annually. An RO water filter works by pushing tap water through a semipermeable membrane in order to take solids and minerals out of the water you use.
Here in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, there are many minerals in the water that can create what's known as "hard water". Installing a water softener can help reduce water usage by reducing the amount of soaps that have to be used when bathing, and washing clothes or dishes.
Another great way to reduce the energy used with water is to utilize a solar water heater.
When these elements are combined, a homeowner can reduce the number of gallons of water used and household bills by thousands annually.
How will I know if my house is a good candidate for geothermal heating and cooling?
Unfortunately, you probably won’t. But we will! Not every house is a good candidate for geothermal systems, and a lot of careful thought goes into the planning and design of a system. Luckily, E3 INNOVATE’s experts know all about it. If only trivia nights included questions about geothermal…
My father taught me that if a deal sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. This whole free electricity thing sure seems to fit the bill. Am I right?
Look, your father was a smart man, which made him easy to love (well, that and his argyle sock collection). In fact, he would probably spot a smart investment when he saw one. Now, while you’re not going to get rich from the solar panels on your roof, you really will enjoy free electricity, so long as the sun continues to shine (and with reduced coal emissions, it will!). And yes, you really do get paid by local power companies for the extra wattage you generate.