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Are Renewables Right for Your Home?

PG&E has put together a list of key steps and objective resources below to help you make the right renewable energy choices for your home.

  • Prepare the home

    Prepare the Home

    Make your home energy efficient before installing a renewable energy source to maximize your investment. Take 5 minutes to do your Home Energy Checkup and receive customized recommendations.

  • Find a Contractor

    Find a Contractor

    Finding the right contractor is critical. PG&E can recommend resources and questions to ask when choosing a contractor.

    • Do the Math

      Do the Math

      Start by understanding the financial considerations and benefits of investing in renewable energy, explore leasing versus purchasing options, and learn how to estimate the size of the system needed for your home.

    Renewable Energy Options for Your Home

    Using renewable energy to power your home is a matter of choosing the right technology to meet your energy needs. Tens of thousands of Californians have already taken advantage of our state’s abundant sun, wind and other natural resources to do just that.

    Are renewables right for your home? PG&E is here to assist you in selecting the best technology for your home based on your expected energy use, the weather conditions in your area, and the age and location of your home.

    Renewables at a Glance

    Solar Panels
    Solar panels work well on homes with plenty of rooftop space exposed to the sun with minimal shading for at least six hours a day, ideally from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Solar panels can last more than 25 years. Make sure your roof is no more than seven years old to avoid reinstalling panels a second time.
    Solar Water Heating
    Solar water heating is ideal for homes consuming large amounts of hot water, with plenty of roof space exposed to the sun. You may need space for a solar storage tank near your existing water heater.
    Wind Turbine
    Wind turbines are best suited for windy areas of California that are able to accommodate a wind turbine. Wind turbines typically require a space of at least 30 feet in height above the ground. Consult manufacturer details for required average wind speed for optimal performance.
    Fuel Cells
    Fuel cells powered by natural gas, though not strictly renewable, reduce your energy bill while generating cleaner heat and power. Fuel cells require space the size of a medium-to-large appliance.
    Advanced Energy Storage (AES)
    AES systems are often combined with renewable systems and can supplement intermittent energy when needed. AES systems require space the size of a large appliance.

    Benefits of Renewables

    •   Reduce your monthly energy bill.
        Improve the resale value of your home.
        Generate your own power and heat.
        Reduce your carbon footprint.
        Help California reduce fossil fuel usage.
        Make an investment lasting up to 25 years.

    Use the Solar Calculator

    • Get a quick estimate of the cost and size of the system you will need to power your home.

    Make a Plan