An energy assessment is a service that helps homeowners identify problematic areas within their home where they are losing, or consuming too much energy. During the assessment, a professionally trained Energy Adviser looks at all aspects to make sure everything is working in a cohesive manner and will discuss options to make your home more comfortable, more sustainable, and more efficient.
While most companies charge up to $500 for the assessment, Circle L provides this service for FREE for our potential customers. There is no cost, and no obligation.
This really depends on your goals, and how much you are looking to reduce your energy bill. Our average customer has goals that range from 50 – 80%. Since everything we do is centered on your specific structure, we can save as little, or as much as you want. Even 100%!
Without entering a structure and performing the energy assessment, it is almost impossible to make recommendations as every home is constructed differently and living habits are different.
In a typical scenario, the energy assessment should only take about one and a half hours, depending on how many questions you have.
The first thing we do is sit down with you and ask questions about your living habits to gain a better understanding of your comfort level in the home. We also review your electric and/or gas bills to identify what your actual yearly consumption and costs are. Next, we perform the energy assessment by walking around your home checking everything from insulation types, lighting, appliances, water heater, HVAC systems, duct systems, ventilation, windows, doors, weatherization, and solar capability. After the energy assessment, we detail all the information with you and help educate you on helping decrease your energy consumption with energy efficient solutions, before going solar. We will then design a solutions package to help decrease your overall energy bills by 30 – 80%.
Don’t get us wrong, solar is a great option, but we believe it shouldn’t be your only option. Take for example a home that consumes an average of 2,000 kWh per month. Let’s say your goal is to reduce your bill by 80%. This means we will design a system that would need to facilitate 1,500 kWh per month, which is pretty sizeable, and comes with a higher cost. We believe that through energy efficient solutions first, we can decrease consumption by 40 – 50% which will take away 450 – 600 kWh. This means we will design a system that will produce 750 – 900 kWh per month. By implementing this methodology, we will decrease the solar footprint, make the home more energy efficient, and lower the overall system cost. It’s a no brainer!
Batteries, both lithium ion and/or led acid, take the energy produced from you solar panels and immediately stores it in the battery for immediate, or later use depending upon the design. Batteries are a great way to have electricity in your home in the event of a power outage. They are also intended to charge during the day, then power all or part of your home in the evening when the sun is not out.
We ask that you contact us directly. We are licensed and insured contractors and we handle every aspect of the job for you. We will never pawn you off on a manufacturer which can be frustrating. We deal with each of our manufacturers and handle the warranties in-house.
For solar, there is a Federal Tax Credit of 30% of the gross system cost. Some utilities will also provide further incentives and rebates to their customers for feeding solar back into the power grid. Check with your utility provider to see what incentives are available. For energy efficient upgrades, there are additional Federal Tax Credits that are available and range depending upon the item, or service purchased. Some utilities will also provide additional rebates for energy efficient upgrades.
Absolutely. When we design a system, we always keep in mind that you will add more panels in the future. If we use a string inverter, we always size it larger than they system being installed so when it does come time to increase the system size, we can accomplish it at a lower cost since the proper inverter is already in place. If we use a micro-inverter, it can be accomplished with ease since each inverter will be installed independently on each panel.
While most REP’s have a solar buyback program, they will not write a check for any excess generation. They will usually provide roll-over credits that are credited back each month. At the end of the year, if you have any credits available to you, they will normally go away and you start over again. With this understanding, we recommend designing a system to account for approximately 80 - 85% of your annual usage.
While we are not a retail electric provider, we do have strategic partnerships to help provide our customers with lower rates than they are currently receiving. Although there are websites that advertise cheap rates, they usually penalize customers for using less energy. With our affiliate partners, we can obtain fixed pricing regardless of many kWh you do, or don’t use. Typically, we can help our customers save an additional 15 -30% on their kWh rates alone.