The path to building a high performance home begins with using the right energy-saving products across a whole range of categories—from insulation, to cooling and heating systems, to windows, roofing, and other materials that have a huge impact on energy consumption. Listed here are a few products that are major contributors to energy savings, and are important elements in reducing home energy rating scores to qualify for high performance home certifications like the BUILT TO SAVE® and ENERGY STAR® Programs.
Eclipse™ Radiant Barrier Roof Sheathing
Radiant barrier roof decking is one of the most inexpensive and cost effective ways to save on utilities. This product is a few dollars more than non-radiant barrier decking, but it will pay for itself with savings on utilities. The Eclipse radiant barrier decking blocks up to 97% of the sun’s radiant heat, cuts attic temperatures by as much as 30°, and reduces cooling costs 5% to 10% in warm, sunny climates. This product is available at Matt’s Building Materials where you’ll find the lowest prices.
Save money on utilities with a Google Nest Thermostat. Adjust your cooling and heating temperatures to conserve energy while you are sleeping, or while away. Nest Thermostat’s app will access your HVAC system and give you suggestions on how to save energy and when to change air filters; the app will also alert you to potential problems in your system. Magic Valley Electric Cooperative members can take advantage of a current rebate offer of $100 off the retail price of $249. You can install the thermostat yourself.
Solar energy is sustainable and renewable; plus, it substantially reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Solar panels reduce monthly utility bills and increase the value of your home’s investment. When you go solar with SOLutions Solar Energy Panels, you can choose from options that include an efficient water heater, A/C duct cleaning and sealing, blown-in insulation, and a $500 discount. Solar panels also qualify for the ITC Federal Tax Credit of 26% which will reduce your income tax dollar for dollar. Call for a free estimate.