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November 30, 2015

Wasting Energy: 5 Habits That Will Help You Save Energy

Let’s face it, we could all be better at not wasting energy in our homes each day, here are some tips to help you out.

If you’ve made the environmentally friendly decision of having a home solar system installed, you’ve already gone a long way in preventing wasting energy. Of course, having solar panels doesn’t automatically mean energy isn’t being wasted. Read below to find out how you’re wasting energy in the home, and how you can save money and the environment by eliminating the most common – and easily avoidable – wasteful activities.

1. Not Programming Your Home’s Thermostat is Wasting Energy

Simply take a few minutes to set your thermostat, and you can avoid increased winter and summer power bills. Sadly, all thermostats aren’t programmable, and if yours falls into this category, you should simply get into the habit of resetting it frequently. And while the cost of solar panels pays off over the long haul, you can save money immediately by setting back your thermostat.

2. Keeping Unused Electronics Plugged In

Let’s be honest: we’re all guilty of this one. If you’re leaving your electronics plugged in when they’re not in use, you’re wasting energy. Invest in a power strip so you can easily switch off all your gadgets when they’re not in use.

3. Leaving Lights on in Empty Rooms

Everyone knows that leaving lights on in a room is a waste of energy. Yet for some reason, most of us do it anyway with the thought “It’s just this one time.” Unfortunately, this thinking can add $25 to your yearly electric bill if you leave on two 60-watt bulbs during weekdays for eight hours while at work.

4. Setting Water Heater Thermostat Too High

You’re probably just like everyone else and like taking a nice, hot shower. The desire for this leads many people to turn their water heater thermostat to levels that are unnecessary. In reality, having your water heater set above 120 degrees is pointless and expensive. With the money you save by not being this wasteful, the cost of solar panels seems menial.

5. Washing Partial Loads of Dishes or Laundry

You’ve likely been to the point where you prefer washing your dishes or laundry before it’s necessary. Unfortunately, washing partial loads means you’re using excessive heat and water, and the average dishwasher alone uses around 1,800 watts of electricity. There’s no need to let dirty dishes and laundry pile up; just don’t waste energy washing them before you have a full load.

With the cost of solar panels dropping to historical lows, it’s easy to save energy. Just make sure you’re not counteracting these savings with the aforementioned wasteful habits.

Contact us to learn more about saving energy with a new home solar system and common sense energy-savings tips.

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Homeowners who have had solar panels installed may not know that their solar systems are insured under their homeowner’s insurance. So a significant hail storm likely equates to an insurance claim. EcoMark Solar is here to support you if your home and solar system are hit by hail.

Most hail storms aren’t usually severe enough to significantly damage solar panels.

Solar panels were designed to be outside and stand up to the elements. That being said, when hail hits a home hard enough your solar panels may have cracked glass, which could affect their production, and your mechanical components may be dented or damaged. Many other aspects of the home could be damaged and should be evaluated for an insurance claim.

If significant hail hits your home, EcoMark Solar needs to be contacted right away.

We will come out so that we can inspect your solar panels and your roof. In the hours and days following a hail storm many roofing companies will start knocking on your door and offering you a free estimate, however, these roofing companies are not qualified to evaluate your solar system.

Conversely, EcoMark Solar can evaluate the solar system and the state of your roof and the rest of the items that are typically included in a hail claim. EcoMark Solar has established an in-house roofing department specifically dedicated to processing your insurance claims and servicing your restoration needs including roofing, gutters, and siding.

Even if your panels are not damaged, EcoMark Solar can act as the general contractor for your entire insurance claim and get all the work done by a company you already know and trust.

You can submit a claim with us by:

Clicking right here: Insurance Claim Form at EcoMark Solar

Calling us at: 720-432-6411.

Or you can contact your sales consultant

Even if your panels were not installed by EcoMark Solar, please contact us, we can perform service and repair on most solar installations.

If you are considering solar, know that normally, there is minimal impact to insurance premiums when adding solar to your home. Once solar is installed, EcoMark Solar will be there for you when hail hits for the life of the panels.

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