Every day we inch toward more severe environmental degradation, closer to irreversible impacts of human energy consumption. As a homeowner, you have the power to curb these effects by living in one of the many net-zero homes across the country.
Millions of energy-efficient homes have a few traits in common. One of these shared traits is the daily use of solar power in the operation of household appliances and essential systems like water wells.
To learn how and why you should introduce this tech into your home and become one of New Mexico’s valued future energy savers, see the information below.
Switch to Solar Energy
Solar panels are some of the most common tools homeowners use to make their residential life more sustainable (and better for their finances, too!).
They maintain such widespread appeal because they are relatively easy to install, pay for themselves in the long-run, and of course, do not emit any of the harmful gases that standard home energy systems do.
Homes that don’t rely on solar power are known to emit:
- Carbon dioxide
- Nitrous oxide
- Sulfur hexafluoride
Because of this devastating environmental impact, New Mexico Water & Electric offers Sierra County homeowners the option to install an on- or off-grid solar system to generate and transmit electricity throughout their house. These systems allow you to not only produce electricity but store it for later use thanks to the solar battery backup.
How to Prepare Your Home for Solar Power
Before you begin the process of integrating solar energy into your household, there are a few steps I suggest you work through first:
Take a Look at Your Current Energy Consumption Rates
How much electricity do you use every month? What types of energy do you use? (For example, do you use lots of kitchen appliances, or does most of your energy consumption go to water usage? If so, see more on the option to add an energy-efficient water well system to your house.)
Determine Your “Solar Potential,” as Advised by the U.S. Department of Energy
Of course, the experts at New Mexico Water & Electric will walk you through this step. Still, it helps to know exactly what you’re looking for. Consider the environmental conditions at your address to determine whether you’ll have abundant or limited solar potential:
- Tall trees within the vicinity: If there’s too much shade around your house, this may hinder the light availability for your solar panels.
- Your roof’s age: To eliminate the need to remove the solar panel for future roof repairs or replacements, have your roof’s structural integrity evaluated before installing the solar system.
- HOA (homeowner’s association) restrictions: Check with your HOA to make sure you don’t accidentally violate regulations. Although it’s silly, some HOAs prohibit solar panels because of aesthetics, but you’ll likely be able to bypass this based on New Mexico’s Solar Rights Act.
Decide Whether You Want an On- or Off-Grid Solar System
Each of these options is substantially better for improving your house’s energy efficiency than a standard electricity system. However, you should know the differences between the two to achieve the best results from our solar installations. See the descriptions below:
- On-grid solar system: With a “grid-connected” house, you can alternate between when you use solar energy and when you source power from the utility grid. Most homeowners opt for a system that supplements about ¼-½ of their energy use with solar power.
- Off-grid solar system: Also known as “stand-alone systems,” these are more common in areas where homes may have trouble connecting to the city’s utility grid. These require a full setup including photovoltaic panels, batteries, a charge controller, and more.
Note: Installing an off-grid system in hard-to-reach residential locations can save you anywhere from $15,000-50,000 per mile in connecting the nearest utility grid.
Once you have these details down, call New Mexico Water & Electric. We can help ensure that your home maintains the use of only sustainable, green energy to shrink your carbon footprint and lower your bills simultaneously.
Replace Your Water Well System
Water well pumps are some of the most overlooked technology in the home, despite their daily use.
In fact, they are used so often that many different systems associated with the water well have become the subject of analysis in environmental and climate research, namely because they emit the “two most important greenhouse gases,” carbon dioxide and methane.
Residential water use accounts for the vast majority of water drawn from public supplies (56%). Approximately 11% of water withdrawals go to the public sector (43,300 million gallons daily), with a large sum of this sourced from freshwater bodies.
As a homeowner, it is your job not only to reduce this staggering demand but find a more energy-efficient, environmentally friendly way to withdraw the water when you need it.
Instead of depending on any run-of-the-mill water well system installed in your household, we suggest you consider working with our expert technicians to get a methane-free well with suitable energy consumption methods.
What to Do to Get a Solar Water Well System Installed
Fortunately, it doesn’t take much for you to get your new energy-efficient water well system installed. All you need to do is call us, and we’ll get the job underway for you. Plus, we don’t just install the solar water well system. We offer the following services as well:
- Supply additional appliances including fittings, pumps, and more
Before you commit to your decision, ask yourself the following questions:
- What is my water source’s depth? The depth of the water source (cistern vs. shallow or deep well) may demand more or less energy from your water well system.
- Do I need a new water pump or am I adding solar capabilities onto an existing system? This mainly has implications for the logistics of installation. Keep in mind that DC water pumps do best with solar power.
With these considerations, you’ll be ready to reach out to New Mexico Water & Electric technicians to secure a greener water supply for your house.
Energy-efficient homes are not out of your reach. With these two steps, implementing a solar energy system and installing a solar-powered water pump, you can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint, all while offering tremendous savings on your energy bills.
Whether you dream of living off the grid or simply want to offset your energy consumption in the suburbs, get in touch with our expert technicians today for a free quote.