Installing solar panels is a big investment, even with tax incentives to ease the financial strain. Because of the investment— and their constant exposure to the elements— solar panels need to be able to withstand extreme temperatures, from the blistering hot summers of Arizona, to the bitter cold winters of upstate New York. But how long will a solar panel Continue Reading
Not all windows created equal. The best windows for your home will depend on where you live in the US and the weather and climate that are common in that region. For example, if you live in the northeastern US, you will need windows that can stand up to very cold winters, potentially very hot summers, occasional super storms and Continue Reading
Here in Austin, Modernize’s home, we get our fair share of meteorological ups and downs. People here are even fond of saying “if you don’t like the weather in Texas, just wait a few minutes.” With that kind of climatic variety, we appreciate a top-notch and reliable HVAC system that can keep things comfortable when temperatures run to the extremes. Continue Reading
It’s easy enough to understand how and why the amount of direct sunlight and temperature affect the efficiency of your solar panels. But did you know that the direction they face and the pitch—or angle—of your solar panels can affect the amount of energy they produce? If your solar panels are going to be mounted on your roof, then the Continue Reading
By now, you’ve probably noticed that each brand of solar panels produces different amounts of power, or wattage. Your solar contractor has presented various options and recommended a certain amount of energy output based on your energy needs. You may be wondering why there are so many options for solar panels in your area. This short guide will help you Continue Reading
Replacing old windows with newer energy efficient windows can be expensive. Federal residential energy efficiency tax credits can help offset the cost, as can rebates that are available from some state utilities. Here’s a description of federal tax credits that are available, along with some ways state utilities pitch in. How Do Tax Credits Work? Tax credits don’t reduce the actual Continue Reading
One way to use less energy and lower your utility bills is by minimizing the amount of hot sunlight that enters your home through your windows. Here are 7 ways you can shade your windows from the outside to reduce solar gain. Awnings Awnings are probably the most common exterior treatment to shade exterior windows, and with good reason. They Continue Reading
If you only worry about your windows during cold winter months, you’re wasting a lot of energy. That’s because windows can allow so much hot air to seep into your living space during the summer—and lose conditioned cool air as well—which makes your home uncomfortable and hikes your AC bill—yikes! But there are plenty of ways, both big and small, Continue Reading
It’s the middle of summer, so you’re probably dealing with the skyrocketing temperatures by cranking your AC, right? If you’re not using a ceiling or room fan in conjunction with your central air conditioning system, you’re losing money and wasting energy. Here’s why. As wonderful as it feels to bask in that cold air, it costs you a lot of money. Continue Reading
Did you know that your heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system is not only the single most expensive “appliance” you have in your home? Unfortunately, it’s also the most expensive to operate. When it breaks down, it can cost a lot to repair or replace. If it’s working inefficiently, you’ll feel the pain with higher utility bills. Either way, Continue Reading
Make Your Home More Energy Efficient
Whether you’re planning a complete home renovation or you’re just looking for simple ways to cut down on your energy bill costs, investing in energy-efficient elements for your home can pay off more than you’d think. From replacing single-pane windows to adding insulation, to even just installing a smart thermostat, there are lots of ways to go green that will reduce your carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency and the value of your home.
A common misconception among homeowners is that in order to have an energy-efficient home, style must be sacrificed. This isn’t true at all, since the surge in demand for all things green has increased so much, it’s getting easier and easier to find efficient systems and products that will seamlessly integrate into your home and complement surroundings.