Getting to a HERS Rating of 42 with Solar Carports and Solar Patio Covers
How the new construction market copes with the ever-tightening Massachusetts Energy Code.
Is it difficult to build a home in Massachusetts? Consider this: The state of Massachusetts is trailblazing. Going places where no state has gone before. I’m referring to the ENCOURAGED movement towards the elimination of fossil fuel equipment and appliances from new homes.
How are they doing this? On January 1st 2024 the passing HERS score will change from 52 to 42. The lower the number the more energy efficient the home.
What does this mean to you? They are sending a clear signal that the only way to comply with the State of Massachusett’s aggressive energy code is to build an energy-sipping All Electric Home and incorporate renewable energy generation like solar, which will be how to get to 42.
What Is an All-Electric Home?
An All-Electric Home is a tightly built, super-insulated structure, that has excellent indoor air quality and is powered entirely by electricity. That’s right, no fossil fuels such as natural gas, propane, or oil being used for space heating, hot water, or cooking.
Many Owners of this new breed of home will embrace the idea of on-site renewable energy generation while others will go kicking and screaming. If you find yourself in the latter group, imagine living in an all-electric home generating your own energy to power it. Now that’s independence most of us can get behind. So instead of fighting it try embracing it.
Since not every roof will be right for solar here are some great options to consider.
Introducing the Solar Carport
Looking at this photo, “I want one…”
Solar carports are overhead canopies built to cover parking areas. In addition to producing copious amounts of electricity, they also provide shade and protection from the elements. Imagine the satisfaction you would get from charging your electric vehicle with your own on-site power system. Solar car ports are not only for charging vehicles they can also power your entire home if the array is large enough.
Solar carports eliminate the need for mounting solar panels on your home. This means no worries if your available roof area is too small or if not facing in an optimal direction. With solar carports and solar patio covers you have flexibility.
Below is an example of a solar patio cover
Now That’s Cool
Does your patio get too hot during the summer? Do you need to plan outdoor gatherings around the weather? Why not get the best of both worlds by installing one of these awesome Solar Patio Covers. Not only does it provide protection from the elements and relief from the sun’s rays in the form of shade it takes those rays and powers your home. These patio covers can either be attached to your home as shown above or free standing.
Added Bonus: Solar carports and solar patio covers don’t require additional land just a repurposing of already existing space.
For Best Results– Pick quality panels and equipment and a trusted contractor like Energy Geeks.
Bottom Line: If you want to shrink your household carbon footprint, gain valuable use of under-utilized space, get protection from the elements and produce copious amounts of clean energy then a solar carport or patio cover may be right for you. It gets even better when you factor in the generous tax credits, rebates and other incentives which can dramatically offset the installation cost.
Want to Learn More about Solar Carports and Solar Patios?
If you’d like more information on how you can minimize energy consumption and maximize savings while making your home more comfortable all year round, then contact Energy Geeks. Our mission is to provide the most comprehensive and efficient solutions to reduce energy use in your home.