3 TIPS TO SAVE ENERGY WHILE QUARANTINED

California is on week 8 of quarantine and with certain areas set to reopen as early as next week, some families may choose to continue working from home or independently social distance until they feel safer. But with many of us spending more time at home than normal, our everyday actions may be taking a toll on our sustainability.

Keep reading to learn how you can cut back on your waste and save energy while staying home:

HOW CAN I SAVE WATER?

Saving water can be a breeze! Water your lawn in the early morning to prevent water loss due to evaporation. Fill your dishwasher before running it and wash your dishes in the evenings to avoid the peak hours to save money on electric, gas, and water costs. When washing clothes, try to make sure you have a full load of laundry and that you aren’t just washing a few things at a time.

Bonus: Hang your laundry on a clothesline outside to dry and save energy by not using your dryer!

HOW CAN I SAVE PLASTIC?

There are many ways to cut back on single-use plastics during quarantine. Many takeout places let you choose if you’d like to receive disposable utensils with your order—choose to use your own utensils with any takeout you get! Now is also a great time to invest in reusable straws or beeswax wraps to replace aluminum foil and plastic wraps. You can also take this extra time at home to switch all your bills to paperless or online billing statements.

Bonus: When you reduce your plastic and paper use, you’re cutting back on paper waste as well as the energy and fuel used to deliver mail and plastic products by trucks or planes!

HOW CAN I SAVE ENERGY?

Save energy at home by setting your thermostat higher when you go out for a walk—keep your AC at 78° F while you’re home to save the most money and energy during summer. All this extra time at home is a great time to update your home technology—invest in a smart thermostat, change out your old incandescent lightbulbs for LEDs, and if you’re in the market for new appliances, buy EnergyStar certified appliances to make the most of your investment over time.

Bonus: The biggest way you can save energy this year is by switching to solar energy! It’s never been easier or cheaper to afford sustainability for your home and your family. To celebrate HES Solar’s 19th anniversary, we’re offering to reduce the loan payments for new customers to just $19 a month for the first 6 months!

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NET ENERGY METERING 3.0 INFORMATION

Net Energy Metering 3.0 (NEM 3.0) is the incoming law created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The new tariffs and fees will impact both residential and commercial solar systems built in California. 

As this notice is posted in November of 2022, the Proposed Decision from the CPUC outlining the proposed NEM 3.0 terms is expected soon. This comes after a year’s delay. Once the new agreement is finalized and passed into law, there will exist a designation of the deadline under which new systems will continue to qualify for NEM 2.0 rates. 

The new NEM 3.0 rates will be designed to lower the value of electricity during the daytime hours, when solar is producing, and increase the value of electricity during the evening hours, when solar homes and businesses purchase electricity. In short, NEM 3.0 will create a “sell low, buy high” proposition to new solar system owners. 

To Californians looking to install a solar system on their home or commercial building, the NEM 2.0 rates will be preferred. As of this post, the solar industry does not know the details of how different the NEM 3.0 rates will be from the NEM 2.0 rates. 

Please use the HES Solar website as a resource to learn more, and please take our offer to speak with an HES Solar Energy Consultant at no obligation.

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Robert Laverty

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Robert Laverty joined the HES team in the summer of 2018, bringing his ten years of solar design experience and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound with him. Robert is dedicated to finding solutions to help families produce and store electricity in order to reduce their reliance on grid power as well as help reduce their household’s carbon footprint. Robert’s experience as a newspaper editor as well as his involvement with the sustainability-focused Rocky Mountain Institute drives him to constantly seek out innovative ways to meet energy needs through renewable resources as well as helps him share those ideas with Southern California homeowners. When not at work or volunteering time with his church or community, Robert spends time with his wife and two sons or pursues his passion of fly fishing.
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