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Going Solar

What to expect when you’re expecting solar panels:


So you’re expecting solar panels and that’s fantastic news! It’s a great way to harness the sun’s energy to power your home while saving on your monthly electricity bill.


Here is the privy on the whole process: If your home is 10 years or older, you are required to have a solar energy audit in order to be eligible for the solar panel rebate through Austin Energy Solar rebate program. It is in your best interest to make energy efficiency improvements to your home BEFORE putting on solar panels. Why? Simply because it makes sense. Also, your home should be as energy efficient as possible in order to get the correct sizing of your solar system. The process begins with a home energy audit to assess what is needed. We will discuss the local Home Performance with Energy Star rebate program and show you how you might be eligible for additional rebates. Finally we will provide you with a letter to give to Austin Energy for your rebate eligibility.


How can Green Collar Operations help me become more energy efficient?

Typically upgrading certain items in your home such as adding attic insulation, installing brand new air ducts, sealing your duct system, adding return air supplies, air balancing, and install a new HVAC. We will always make these recommendations when we find a home in need of repair, but ultimately you will decide which energy efficient updates you will want to make.  Remember, most energy efficiency upgrades will have a rebate associated with them.


Weatherizing and making your home more efficient and comfortable prior to putting on solar panels just makes sense. If you have any other questions about the process and pricing for this type of audit, feel free to call us at (512) 986-7045.