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Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credits- Extended to December 2013!

Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credits- Extended to December 2013!

First things first. What is a tax credit? A tax credit is a dollar for dollar value that reduces one's actual tax liability- it is not the same as a tax deduction. Basically, it allows a person that owes taxes to allocate the money that they would otherwise pay, to a different entity for a specific reason.

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 was signed into law January 2nd, 2013, which encompasses any qualified energy efficiency upgrades installed in 2012 or 2013. The maximum amount that a taxpayer can claim is $500.

How much does a variable speed pool pump save?

At Ideal Energy, we practice what we preach so we can be sure that what we recommend to people indeed, works. In August, one of our team members' pool pump went out, so naturally, we replaced it with a brand new Pentair variable speed pool pump.

Financing for Home Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Arizona

Making your home more energy efficient by upgrading your air conditioners and furnaces, sealing the ductwork and air gaps, installing shade screens, and more efficient pool pumps, has never been easier with the National Bank Green Returns Financing! For APS customers, financing rates are set at a fixed 4.99% rate, and at a 5.99% fixed financing rate for SRP customers. From time to time, the rates will vary, so keep checking for updates on the latest rates!

Home Performance Really Does Work!

Often times, some people have their doubts about how much they are going to save based on our recommendations. The bottom line is we never recommend anything that's not either a.) going to reduce an energy bill, or b.) make a home more comfortable. There are, indeed, many misconceptions as to what works, and what doesn't, and we are aware of all of the phony methods, but are also more aware of the legitimate working methods.

Infographic: How Big is Your Pile of Coal?

Posted in: cooling, infographic

Ever wonder how much coal is being burned to keep your home cooled with air conditioning in the summer? 

Wonder no more. EnergySavvy has an infographic that visualizes the coal it takes to keep an average home in the Southeastern U.S. comfortable with air conditioning, compared to the same house with an energy efficient air conditioner, and the same house after a comprehensive home energy upgrade.

Trees for External Shade and Solar Heat Reduction

External energy reduction for your home can be as simple as planting the correct trees that fit our Sonoran desert environment.  Deciduous trees have shade and blooming flower foliage during certain seasons (typically during the spring and summer). During the non-blooming seasons (typically during the fall and winter) deciduous trees lose and drop their leaves and foliage. Deciduous trees can provide additional options when looking to reduce the solar exposure to the South, West, and East facing sides of your home. Not only will these trees provide shade during the summer months, but provide a natural aesthetic value to your home. Whether it’s through the colorful foliage during the blooming seasons or the branching structural forms during the non-blooming seasons, deciduous trees will provide a natural aesthetic character to your home.

Ideal Energy: Honesty and Integrity!

A few days ago, ABC 15 did a news story on how an energy-saving scam has hit the Valley and Nation running wide. At Ideal Energy, we have had a few customers contact us because they were scammed or had almost been scammed by a company misleading them to fake energy saving results. Of course, being the professionals that we are, we went in there and got the job done right.

Video: Building Scientist Joe Lstiburek Speaks Clearly About Building Enclosures

We love Joe Lstiburek!  One of North America's premier building scientists talks very practically and understandably about building enclosures. 

Is Your Insulation Working? Find Out with an Energy Audit.

Winter's coming. It's already heating season. So how do you save money on heating costs? You've got to own your heat. Simple as that. You've paid for all that warm air already, so it doesn't make much sense to waste it now.

A simple enough premise - it's the application that gets complicated. We (and most building science experts) strongly recommend air sealing and insulation as high priority measures to make your home use less energy, make you more comfortable, and make the planet happy.

Upgrade Your Refrigerator, Save Money Twice.

One of the biggest energy guzzlers in your home (besides, most likely, your thermal envelope, which lets expensive conditioned air escape through air leaks and poorly insulated walls) is the refrigerator. Upgrading it, believe it or not, can save you a bundle of money in the long run, as long as you don't simply put your old fridge down in the basement and plug it back in. Now, before you balk at the high upfront cost of replacing your fridge, let us explain why we (admittedly, energy-efficiency/penny-pinching geeks) think it's a good idea: