Solar is an ever present reminder for energy efficiency. It's always top of mind for homeowners who think of it first for energy efficiency, even though the best ROI is lightbulbs!
Solar continues to gain in popularity with more installations and reduced prices, so says this article by Energy Sage, "2017 Solar Year in Review." As more installations occur for entire communities, single family and multi-family alike, production for solar panels has increased. As production picks up, costs come down.
Having visited new-build multi-family developments in Scottsdale, I can attest to solar panels being added to multi-family communities. And our utilities are building "solar farms" which also exist in our cities.
2017 was a banner year for solar and 2018 promises more momentum across the US. Product development advances have been made and battery storage has come to the marketplace in some areas. While it may not be available everywhere just yet in your area, watch for it.
With the increase in solar, new products have hit the market. Tesla's solar shingles is one example. While the costs are high for most new innovations, I'm betting those too will incur price reductions as more interested homeowners install them due to rising costs for heating and cooling our homes.
With the enormous impact that Hurricane's placed on Texas and Puerto Rico, expect to see renewed interest in solar, battery storage and related products. Losing connection to power has devastated communities and the health and safety of residents is and has been at risk.
Due to new innovative products and services, the construction industry has evolved as well. The desire to provide clean energy and better building environments for workers and homeowners has increased competition between builders and related businesses.
In Arizona, production builders compete for business by showcasing their energy efficient homes' HERS scores. More products like radiant barrier and spray foam insulation have increased installations in production built Energy Star homes. HERS Index Scores are dropping, reflecting increased energy efficiency in production built homes.
If you haven't been paying attention, it's best to learn about new and innovative products and services. Homeowners are being bombarded with advertising of products and services.
If you're looking for a real estate agent that understand energy efficiency, please contact mes! I'm happy to consult and offer well-researched advice!