NOVI, Mich. (Newswire.com) – As U.S. homeowners embrace solar power as an attainable, money-saving replacement to grid-supplied electric power, Revere Plastics Systems (RPS) is proud to announce the reintroduction of Powerhouse™ In-Roof Solar Shingle 3.0, which installs like a traditional asphalt roofing shingle yet delivers substantial electrical energy.
The Powerhouse™ system, manufactured by Revere Plastics Systems and distributed by Plan A Solar, is a roofing shingle that also functions as a solar panel. A typical installation may consist exclusively of Powerhouse™ Solar Shingles or be a combination of asphalt shingles and solar shingles, blending into a visually appealing rooftop. Depending on the number of solar shingles in the installation, an array can generate enough electricity to power an entire household.
Because Powerhouse™ Solar Shingles are installed alongside asphalt shingles by the same installers, homeowners no longer need to contract with an aftermarket rack and mount solar company or pay extra for panel purchase and installation. An authorized Powerhouse™ installer, such as Plan A Solar, provides all-in-one installation as well as warranty support.
Once installation is complete, homeowners benefit from a visually stunning and affordable rooftop solar system. A typical 6kW solar installation allows homeowners to substantially reduce annual utility costs. In addition, current federal tax incentives allow residences to recoup up to 30% of the investment when a photovoltaic (PV) system such as Powerhouse™ is installed, saving approximately $7,500 per rebate, according to energy.gov as of Feb. 20, 2023.
“We’re very pleased to be able to bring the Powerhouse™ Solar Shingle product back to the marketplace after a short delay,” states Revere CEO Glen Fish. “As the need for renewable energy expands and the government supports installation with generous tax rebates, we want to fill that need with solar products that not only perform well, but are also visually appealing to homeowners. Both roofers and homeowners are sure to appreciate the financial benefits – both in installation and use – of these energy-producing shingles.”
Powerhouse™ Solar Shingles also protect a home as well as traditional asphalt materials. The solar shingles include warranties on power production, weatherization, parts, as well as 15 certifications for performance and safety, including a Class A Fire Rating, a 1.5-inch Hail Rating and a Wind Rating up to 200 mph.
By lowering dependence on fossil fuels, Powerhouse™ Solar Shingles contribute to a cleaner environment and boost curb appeal and marketability. Unlike many other home remodeling projects, such as kitchen and bath remodels, solar installations add more home value than the project’s cost – especially when combined with federal tax credits.
For both homeowners and installers, Powerhouse™ Solar Shingles represent an attractive and profitable opportunity to enter the solar energy marketplace and benefit from a product that is easy to install, energy-efficient and adds substantially to the value of a home.
For more information on distribution and installation: solarshinglesmn.com
For more information on manufacturing: www.rpsystems.com
About Revere Plastic Systems
Revere Plastics Systems, LLC, has over 50 years of experience in plastics and manufacturing. It offers manufacturing capabilities that include value-add plastic injection molding, welding, assembly and testing. In total sales, Revere Plastics Systems is among the nation’s top 50 plastic injection molders. The company employs more than 1,000 people in its manufacturing, technical and sales facilities. For more information about Revere, visit www.rpsystems.com.
Source: Revere Plastics Systems, LLC
7 Ways to Reduce Home Energy Costs
(Family Features) When building your budget, utility bills – especially the electric bill – are likely one of your largest monthly expenditures. One of the biggest culprits: home heating and cooling, which account for more than half of the average American household’s annual energy consumption, according to estimates from the Energy Information Administration.
In fact, 83% of homeowners are concerned about the impact of energy bills on their household budgets, according to a survey conducted by Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS), with 54% saying it cost “somewhat more” or “much more” to heat their homes this winter compared to last year.
To help dial down your energy costs, consider these tips from the heating and cooling experts at METUS.
Adjust the Temperature
While you’re sleeping or away from home, adjust your thermostat up 5-10 F in the summer or down 5-10 F in the winter, which can help lower annual heating and cooling costs if done consistently. A smart thermostat can monitor your energy use and behaviors then automatically adjust to make your home more energy efficient.
Look for Incentives and Rebates
Qualified homeowners may be eligible to save money on qualified home energy improvement projects. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) offers tax credits and rebates, including a credit of 30% (up to $2,000) for qualifying heat pump installation, an energy-efficient option to replace fossil fuel-burning furnaces. Other incentives under the IRA include offsetting costs of electrical panel upgrades and rebates for homes with energy usage reductions of 20% or more.
Switch to a Heat Pump
Among survey respondents, 54% ranked government incentives like the IRA as one of the top reasons they would consider installing a heat pump to replace a traditional air conditioner. Options like Mitsubishi Electric’s all-climate heat pumps use two units – an exterior heat pump, which replaces your existing air conditioning condenser, and an interior unit installed on your furnace – to deliver cost-effective, eco-efficient, year-round heating and cooling. These smart systems not only improve air conditioning efficiency on hot days, but also determine the best source of heat (gas or electricity) on cold days, so your HVAC system is always running at peak efficiency and comfort.
Have HVAC Systems Serviced Regularly
For best performance and efficiency, regular maintenance of your heating and cooling system is imperative. Keeping outdoor units free of debris and changing air filters are tasks most homeowners can handle on their own but bringing in a professional – usually in the spring and fall – can help ensure your HVAC system and all its components, including electrical and ductwork, are functioning properly.
Improve Your Insulation
Poorly insulated attics, walls, ceilings, floors and crawl spaces can lead to energy waste and increase costs by requiring more energy to heat or cool your home. Because air can escape through these spaces when your HVAC system pushes air through your home, adding insulation can help reduce losses and keep your home more comfortable.
Use Appliances During Non-Peak Hours
Rather than using your oven, stove or clothes dryer from noon-6 p.m., peak time for many electricity providers, consider doing so in the morning or later at night. Using these appliances outside of the peak timeframe, when conventional heating and cooling systems are often running full bore, can help lower energy costs. Some utilities may also offer plans that incentivize limiting energy use during peak hours.
Consider upgrading to an all-climate, multi-zone heat pump, which can seamlessly connect to multiple indoor units, revolutionizing the way you experience comfort in your home. By eliminating problematic hot and cold spots in your home, this system ensures personalized comfort tailored to individual zones and optimizes energy usage by directing it only to the areas requiring heating or cooling. Replacing an outdated HVAC system with a multi-zone solution can also help achieve cost and energy savings. By efficiently managing temperature in different zones, you can experience improved energy efficiency, resulting in a more sustainable and economical solution for heating and cooling.
Find more solutions for improving your home’s efficiency and increasing energy savings at MitsubishiComfort.com.
3 Ways to Use Propane in Your Home
(Family Features) A reliable, environmentally friendly energy source, propane can help power key home systems and appliances. Readily available in the United States, the portable, low-carbon energy source is stored on-site, meaning it’s always accessible to help keep homes running regardless of severe weather or other interruptions to the power grid.
Watch this video for helpful tips this season!
Consider these ways to integrate the clean energy source into your home from the experts at the Propane Education & Research Council:
Whether you use a furnace, fireplace or boiler to heat your home, propane can power your heating source in any climate. Propane-powered heating sources are highly efficient, typically cost less overall due to their longer expected lifespans and emit fewer greenhouse gases than electric or wood- or oil-burning alternatives.
When power from the electric grid is interrupted, a propane-powered generator can provide supplemental power in as little as 10 seconds to keep vital systems like smoke and fire detection, refrigeration, heating and cooling, Wi-Fi and other health and safety equipment operational for several days and nights. Plus, propane doesn’t degrade over time, unlike diesel or gasoline, making it an ideal standby power fuel.
Because of their high performance and energy efficiency, propane-powered appliances such as cooking ranges and stoves, clothes dryers and tankless water heaters can increase the value of a home and decrease the strain on the electrical grid. Generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than their electric counterparts, propane-powered appliances can heat and cool quicker, reduce standby losses and dry clothing faster, reducing energy usage and cost.
Learn more about propane and its benefits at Propane.com/ForMyHome.
Sunset Home Improvement Inc. Shares Essential Seasonal Home Maintenance Tips
Seasonal Maintenance From Sunset Home Improvement Inc.
SOUTH EASTON, MA, US /EINPresswire.com/ — As the seasons change, Sunset Home Improvement Inc., a leading provider of roofing, siding, and window services, emphasizes the importance of regular home maintenance to ensure durability and energy efficiency. With years of expertise, the company offers valuable advice for homeowners to prepare their homes for different seasons.
Man in a hard hat with a hammer working on roofing.
Spring: As the weather warms, it’s vital to inspect your home for winter damage. Sunset Home Improvement Inc. recommends checking your roof for missing shingles and ensuring that gutters and downspouts are clear of debris. This is also an excellent time to clean and inspect windows and siding for cracks or wear.
Summer: High temperatures and humidity can take a toll on your home. The experts at Sunset Home Improvement Inc. suggest ensuring proper attic ventilation to prevent heat buildup, which can extend the life of your roof. Inspecting and sealing windows and doors will keep your home cool and energy-efficient.
Fall: Preparing for colder weather is crucial. Homeowners should check for drafts and seal gaps around windows and doors. It’s also the time to inspect the siding for any damage and ensure that the roof is in good condition to withstand potential snow and ice.
Winter: During the colder months, it’s important to prevent ice dams by keeping the attic well insulated and ventilated. Checking window seals and siding integrity can also prevent heat loss and keep energy bills low.
Sunset Home Improvement Inc. not only offers these essential tips but provides top-notch service to address any home maintenance needs. Their dedication to quality workmanship and customer satisfaction makes them a go-to source for all home improvement projects.
About Sunset Home Improvement Inc.:
Sunset Home Improvement Inc. has established itself as a trusted leader in home improvement services. Specializing in roofing, siding, and window installations and repairs, the company prides itself on using high-quality materials, employing skilled craftsmen, and delivering exceptional customer service. Committed to enhancing and protecting homes, Sunset Home Improvement Inc. is a name synonymous with reliability and excellence in the home improvement industry.BrandRep
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