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Guide to having a “Net Zero” house and other energy tips

A local company, Belmont Solar, has posted a very helpful guide, “Net Zero House: The Definitive Guide to Energy Savings,” to achieving Net Zero energy status, including good tips for any home and helpful links.

The guide shows homeowners how to reduce their carbon footprint and their monthly energy bills, and ideally not only to rely entirely on their own energy output but to receive payments from the utility company.

What is a Net Zero house? It is “so energy efficient that it produces as much renewable energy (on or off site) as it consumes, making it a self-sustainable structure that is carbon-neutral.”

In addition to using renewable energy, “Going Net Zero involves superior building construction, utilizing new technology, practicing energy saving tips, and thinking outside the box.”

A few other details:

• Yes, a 26% federal tax credit still exists.

• Energy savings and renewable systems increase home market value.

• Homes can sell their excess energy production to the utility company and/or store it in batteries (whose technology is advancing rapidly).

• Insulation is really important for any home!

• So easy to do: turn off electronic devices when not in use! Those eat up electricity supposedly for your convenience, so you don’t have to wait a few seconds. Those energy stealers include entertainment systems, cable boxes, video game systems, televisions, audio systems, routers, and phones.

• Heating efficiency: ductless mini splits, smart thermostats, energy-efficient appliances.

• Rainwater harvesting, composting, and recycling also save energy, whether your own or the community’s.

Check out the full article, or see any chapter:

Chapter 1: What is a Net Zero House?

Chapter 2: Why is a Net Zero House Important?

hapter 3: How Do I Get to a Net Zero House?

Chapter 4: Installing a Clean Energy Source For Your Net Zero House – Solar Panels

Chapter 5: Insulation for a Net Zero House

Chapter 6: Reducing Phantom Loads in Your Net Zero House

Chapter 7: Energy Saving Systems and Appliances for a Net Zero House

Chapter 8: Additional Energy Saving Tips and Practices for Your Net Zero House

Chester County Clean Energy Tour

Don’t miss it: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Did you know Chester County is a state leader in solar energy and energy efficiency? Across the County, 20.88 MW are produced in 839 Installations (#2 in PA). Join us for a tour of exemplary clean energy projects at our schools, universities, businesses, farms, non-profits, municipalities and homes. Be inspired at this FREE event that features self-guided tours and open house tours across the County.

The logos to the left show sponsors of the Chesco tour. There will be more! Note that Chester County’s topic for the day is much broader than the national solar theme.

Kick-off events will provide an orientation and suggested route. The homes, businesses, and public places you visit will demonstrate green technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal, green design, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and more. Learn how your home, workplace, local schools and municipal facilities can be part of the transition to cleaner, safer renewable energy.

For your organization to endorse the tour, please download the invitation and (p. 3) endorsement form ASAP here: Energy tour endorsement letter and form

To find out more about proposing for the tour your clean energy installation of any sort (in addition to those listed above, green roofs, electricity storage, LEED certification, rain collection, and much more) download this: Solar tour host invitation

Fill out the proposal for your installation to be on the tour online here.

Register to attend the tour here.

Be part of the largest national renewable energy event ever and be one of the many forward-thinking hosts or participants from across the country!

The tour is coordinated by Solar United Neighbors and the American Solar Energy Society, with help from Chester County Ready for 100% Renewable. See more about the nationwide National Solar tour here.

Chester County homes on display during solar tour

Daily Local News, 7/19/19

WEST CHESTER — Chester County Ready for 100 Percent Renewable Energy joins the nonprofit American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and hundreds of clean energy-savvy installers and grassroots organizations throughout America to showcase thousands of solar-powered homes, schools, houses of worship, non-profits and businesses ― in Chester County and across the region– for the 24th Annual National Solar Tour, the world’s largest grassroots solar event.

The event, slated for Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 will showcase the solar, geothermal and energy efficiency technologies your neighbors are using to drastically reduce monthly energy bills, reduce health harming emissions, and enjoy tax credits and cash incentives as they improve their property values. And Chester County ranks second in solar installations in the state.

“Our Chester County Clean Energy Tour is putting out a call for community leaders to show families and businesses real-life examples of the transition to clean renewable energy,” said Kara Thorpe, a recent West Chester University graduate and Chester County resident who is coordinating the Clean Energy Tour. “We are putting out a call to businesses large and small, schools and houses of worship to showcase what we can do in our own community to harness free energy from the sun to generate electricity, warm and cool our buildings, heat water and slash monthly utility bills,” she said….

Read more at Daily Local News. See more on the Chester County solar tour here.