Did you know Steel City Solar partners with local power provider San Isabel Electric Association to give you awesome savings through their Empower program? Homeowners, as well as businesses, have been able to enjoy the benefits of this alliance and now you can too. Not only are there several solar options available but now families can enjoy more green energy solutions to meet their needs. Ready to make your house a super-saving, energy-efficient home? We’ve got some easy ways that you’ll want to consider installing before those chilly temperatures set in.

Empower Your Energy Efficiency

The Empower Program offers the installation of many environmentally conscious and energy-saving solutions:

  • Air source heat pumps: An air-source heat pump can provide efficient heating and cooling for your home. When properly installed, an air-source heat pump can deliver one-and-a-half to three times more heat energy to a home than the electrical energy it consumes.
  • Electric forced air heaters: A forced air heating system uses a powerful blower fan to draw in air from your home and propel it over a heat source, which is typically the heat exchanger of a gas furnace or, less commonly, the heating coils of an electric furnace. … By directly heating the air, they heat a home quickly, unlike radiator-based systems
  • Industrial fans: The difference is in the details. An industrial fan will feature heavy-duty materials and bearings, more rugged welding and construction, and a more robust motor. You can expect an industrial fan to last much longer than traditional household fans and need minimal service.
  • Electric thermal storage units: This refers to the process of converting electricity to thermal energy and storing it as heat. ETS systems are designed to use low-cost, off-peak electricity for heating a home or business 24 hours a day, and are recommended to all-electric customers on United Power’s Time-of-Day Rate.
  • Electric water heaters: Modern electric hot water heaters are 100% efficient. They convert all the energy they intake into heat for the boiler. This level of efficiency is far greater than gas boilers which are at best 80-90%, a value that can decrease over time.
  • Home insulation: Homeowners and commercial facilities like apartment buildings, retail spaces, health storage units, and hospitals now have more efficient energy options to meet their needs than ever before.


Save Money and Resources By Conserving Energy Across your Home and Lifestyle

Get started with things you can do now, and use the whole-house approach to ensure that your investments are set up to save you money and energy. Find out how your home uses energy, and where it’s losing the most energy so you can develop a plan to save in the short and long term.

  1. Air Leaks and Insulation: Seal air leaks and insulate your home properly so your energy dollars don’t seep through the cracks.
  2. Heating and Cooling: Use efficient systems to heat and cool your home, and save money and increase comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading equipment.
  3. Water Heating: Use the correct size and type of water heater for your home, insulate it and lower its temperature, and use less water to avoid paying too much.
  4. Windows: Enjoy light and views while saving money by installing energy-efficient windows, and use strategies to keep your current windows from losing energy.
  5. Lighting: Choose today’s energy-efficient lighting (like LED bulbs which use far less electricity and last so much longer) for some of the easiest and cheapest ways to reduce your electric bill.
  6. Appliances: Use efficient appliances throughout your home, and get greater performance with lower energy bills.
  7. Home Office and Electronics: Find out how much energy your electronics use, reduce their output when you’re not using them, and choose efficient electronics to save money.
  8. Renewable Energy: Use renewable energy at homes such as solar and wind to save energy dollars while reducing environmental impact.
  9. Transportation: Choose efficient transportation options and drive more efficiently to save at the gas pump.


5 Places To Look For Energy Efficiency (problem spots in the home)

  • Walls 
    The insulation in your walls creates a barrier to stop hot or cold air from leaking into your home. It keeps the warm air in your house in the winter but also blocks it from coming in during the warmer months. Without the correct insulation in your home, you won’t be able to stop air from entering into areas of your house where it doesn’t belong.
  • Outlets
    Your electrical outlets can be a potential area where unwanted drafts and air leaks can occur. Because these areas are small throughout the house, many times they are overlooked as potential culprits for lost energy. They’re obviously needed in the house but because they are holes cut into your walls they are sources of several leaks. This goes for inside the house and outdoor power receptacles in your home.
  • Pipes/Wires
    Areas around pipes and wires aren’t really spots where you might think air could leak through into and out of your house. But the places where these facilities come through are through holes in your walls. Because some of these things generate heat, they can create air that is heavy with moisture. Too much moisture in the air in your home can create other unwanted issues throughout your living space. These gaps in your walls allow the transfer of unwanted air.
  • Windows
    Windows are another culprit when it comes to lost air, heat, and drafts throughout your home. If your windows are leaking air, it may be time for a replacement. But sometimes it simply comes down to efficient insulation and creating a barrier between your home and the outside elements. Sometimes in older homes, the single-pane windows aren’t enough to block the heat or keep out the cold due to age.
  • Doors
    Doors are probably the biggest source of lost energy in your home. Doors that aren’t fitted to their frames can leak air on a daily basis. But if your door is made from wood, it may simply expand in the summer and contract in the winter. This can create unwanted gaps in the area and air may be leaking in or out of your home year-round. Look for any light coming through any gaps around your door.


Steel City Solar Offers Custom Assessments

Feeling a little overwhelmed by all the places where energy can be lost in your house? There’s no need to stress. Let our energy efficiency experts here at Steel City Solar come out for a visit and free assessment. We’ll look at your whole house to identify any energy deficiencies in your home. We’ll review lights, insulation, windows, doors, fans, and any other trouble spots in your home. In the end, we’ll give you a customized recommendation list with solutions to make your property more energy-efficient.

Schedule your free energy assessment now to keep winter’s chill out of your home this coming season. Call your local Steel City energy specialist today at 719-569-5166 or simply fill out our request form.