5 Spring-Friendly Tips For “Going Green” in Arizona

Sabrina Lopez
March 10, 2016
4 min read

Springtime is one of the best times to start new projects. Winter is over, and what better way to welcome spring than by making good on those New Year's resolutions to “go green”? Somehow, you never seem to find the time to get it done, so here are five spring-friendly ways to help you “go green” and use less energy in Arizona.

1. Make the switch to solar: Phoenix averages more than 300 sunny days every year, so it's no surprise that Arizona is a leader in solar energy. Retrofit your home with solar panels to harness free energy from this abundant resource. Remember that the federal investment tax credit (ITC) will offset 30% of a solar purchase, and the state of Arizona offers a flat $1,000 tax credit as well. Take advantage of these incentives and turn Arizona’s most abundant natural resource into savings! If you want to see if solar is right for you, you can schedule a consultation with one of our experts.

2. Start a compost bin: If you want to grow a garden in Arizona, you must start with good soil. Compost comprises grass clippings, leaves, vegetable peels, coffee grounds, egg shells and water. This mixture decomposes and must be turned over with a shovel periodically. The result is a rich, dark fertilizer that is great for vegetables and plants. 

3. Conduct an energy audit: Ask your electrical provider to check out your home or hire a private company to do a comprehensive energy audit. This process looks at how much energy your home is using and how much is being wasted through leaks. For example, you can find out if there are spots where the insulation needs to be sealed up to keep the cool air inside during the upcoming summer months.

4. Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances: Energy Star appliances like dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, and furnaces use energy more efficiently and cost less. Old standards of what is energy-efficient have changed over the years, and the new data statistics show that today's energy-efficient appliances use up to 50% less energy, which helps homeowners lower their utility bills. Some states offer rebates to help offset the cost of purchase.

5. Walk and bike instead of driving: Spring’s temperatures make it easier to walk or bike to work without overheating. Even if you don't have time to do this every day, try committing to biking to work once or twice per week to cut down on fuel emissions.

You can download our exclusive solar guide to learn more about switching to solar energy. We invite you to download the guide, and if you're interested, request a custom solar quote from one of our solar experts today.