There are a few questions I can always count on when meeting with new clients. Whether the project is a new custom home or an addition to an already existing structure, green home design and energy savings is on most clients minds. Though there are many green home solutions available today, the most frequent question I am asked is, “what is your experience with solar power and is it worth the investment?” I can easily answer this question because our firm has a great deal of experience in green home design, having incorporated countless systems into our custom homes. More importantly is my personal experience with solar power, as I have solar panels on my own home. The answer is an absolute YES!

My home was built at the end of 2010 and like all the homes we design, we detail out provisions in our construction documents to build in the necessary items needed to add solar power in the future. A few hundred dollars is the total cost for these provisions. If these are not done, it could cost a lot more because you will have to rip into your walls and roof in order to install after the house is built. We added solar to our home a year after we moved in.

Now, three years later, my average bill is around $8 which is the minimum TEP has to charge. We are a family of four, keep our thermostat at 75 during the day and then move it down to 72 during the night. We could not be happier with the results and especially with the company that installed it. Technicians for Sustainability had done two of our designs prior to doing ours and both my clients and myself were impressed. On average, 1 out of 4 homes we do are doing solar power.

It will be interesting to see what will happen when the federal rebates expire as well as how much the utility companies will be offering, but as far as my clients and I know it is a great investment!

If you are looking for an architect experienced in green home design and energy efficient solutions, look no further than the architects of Soloway Designs. Contact us by phone or through or website’s contact form.