What Makes Us Different Than Other Energy Savings Companies?

Everyone is looking to cut energy costs and go greener — and businesses know it.

Across New Jersey, thousands of energy savings companies are vying for your business, and at a certain point, the sheer number of options can seem suffocating.

Sure, certain things vary from company to company — financial programs, specific technology, contract parameters — but until you get to the finer details, it’s tough to distinguish any one company away from the pack. It’s not always easy to find a company you can trust.

So what exactly inspired me to write this article? A better question would be who inspired me. Recently out networking, I was approached by a complete stranger who flat out asked me: “What do you do better than anyone else?” At first, I felt my throat tighten up as I worried that I might not have a great answer for him, ultimately embarrassing myself and blowing an opportunity to make a good impression.

I couldn’t just say “We sell energy saving products.” For one, that would be greatly underselling ourselves, as you’ll hopefully soon realize. Not to mention it would be a pretty pathetic sales pitch. That would be like a chef of a restaurant saying, “I cook.” It leaves a lot on the table. Thinking on my feet, I was able to come up with three key points that differentiate Delaware Valley Home Eco Tech (DVHET) from other New Jersey energy savings companies.

WE PROVIDE HOME-BY-HOME SOLUTIONS

When it comes to any technology there are always a lot of questions. Green energy is no different. In fact, it often necessitates more questions than other home improvement projects and technology because of its many considerations.

Many energy savings businesses circumvent this complexity by offering a small variety of products, or by asserting their singular product is the must-have antidote to every homeowner’s energy budgeting dilemmas.

The truth is, every home and property is a unique situation. Every household needs to be assessed on an individual level, and not every home is going to benefit the most from the exact same product. That’s why we pride ourselves on providing homeowners with an assortment of energy saving products to find the perfect fit for you.

Our process doesn’t start with a sales pitch — it begins with a discussion. As opposed to other companies that start conversations with “See how great our product is,” we simply ask homeowners: “Do you know what your home qualifies for?”

We have the ability to recommend the energy saving product that works best for your home and your budget. Whether your home best benefits from our multi-layer insulation or our solar-powered attic ventilation systems, we’re here to find the custom solution for you. Our products work for your home, not the other way around.

Many of our products work incredibly well when paired together, giving you and your home compounding energy savings that increase energy efficiency, home appreciation, and reduce your carbon footprint all at once.

WE COMPETE AGAINST OURSELVES

Competition is often a big, scary word in the business world. Many companies think of competition negatively. They associate it with the outside world closing in, trying to steal a piece of their pie. At DVHET, we encourage competition because—from a customer’s viewpoint—it promotes better overall service and better value.

To better serve our customers, we have created independent brands, or sales teams, to compete against each other. An example of one of our brands is The Solar Ladies of New Jersey, which was launched as an opportunity to better communicate the advantages of switching to green energy power in New Jersey. Additional brands include “Solar Veterans” and “The Men of Energy.” Each brand works independently to promote renewable energy through community events, organized presentations, and in-home savings consultations.

By creating a healthy balance of internal competition and cross-company collaboration we make obtaining energy saving products for your home more relatable and easier to understand. Adding energy-efficient improvements is like any home buying decision—you need to work with someone you can trust.

The customer’s perspective is our reality. Consistently diversifying our field helps us realize the varying perspectives of homeowners in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, creating widespread trust in our company.

WE RELY ON OUR NETWORK OF POWER PARTNERS

To further build on trust, we look at how trust is built: with consistency. Most homeowners have a Rolodex, or filing cabinet, full of businesses and professionals they’ve worked with in the past. As my dad always said whenever a situation at home came up: “Don’t worry, I got a guy for that.”

Referrals and word-of-mouth remain strong buying influencers even in the Age of Google. In fact, a study by Business 2 Community found that over 80% of Americans seek recommendations when making a purchase of any kind. In addition, incentive structure plays a big role in increasing referral activity.

Supporting a network of power partners is huge for us. We rely on real estate agents, general contractors, roofers, power washing companies, electricians, painters, and many other in-home professionals for introductions. The quality service and consistent approach provided by these companies is invaluable.

We provide complete support to make earning referral rewards for partners easy. DVHET Power Partners receive customized marketing materials, access to our online referral software, detailed sales pipeline reports, social collaboration, and ongoing training and promotions to earn more rewards for their referrals.

Maintaining these relationships not only benefits our businesses, it also positively impacts our customers and their homes. Priorities always change from one home to the next. Maybe a homeowner really, really wants to remodel their bathroom. We have the ability to make that project financially justifiable. Using the projected energy savings from our products, and channeling the expertise from our home remodeling power partner, we can demonstrate an innovative way for that homeowner to fund their dream bathroom.

Don’t get us wrong. We are not home remodelers, or painters, or anything of that sort. We are green technology experts who have a focus on putting your energy savings to work for you and your home.

IN CONCLUSION

I once overheard a prospective customer say, “You’re all selling the same thing.” At the time, I took that personally, but realized that we as a company didn’t do a good job of explaining what makes us different from other companies.

As history has shown, technology will come and go in waves. Good companies have good technology. Great companies have great people. At any given moment, the green energy bubble in New Jersey may burst. All it takes is one swift act in legislature, as we have seen in other states like Hawaii and Maine. Our mission at DVHET is to be an energy savings company that endures to build more efficient homes for our customers and planet.

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NJ Free Solar Panels What’s the Catch

It only takes one infomercial gone wrong for most people to come to terms with one simple and undeniable truth. Generally, if an idea, product or offer sounds too good to be true, it is.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean there are no benefits to trying the latest Beachbody workout program or the exciting new kitchen gadget that promises to shave hours of food prep time from your day.

An example of this finds its dwelling right here in New Jersey, where incentives abound for homeowners interested in installing solar panels. Many advertisements claim residents can get “free solar panels” or “get solar panels for free.”

Are solar panels really free?

Technically, no. Nothing is free.

Take, for example, when your local McDonald’s gives out free kiddie cones to children on Tuesdays during the summer. Sure, it’s possible to make it in and out of there without giving in to the toddler who has been demanding chicken nuggets over and over since he recognized the golden arches. But chances are—and McDonald’s is banking on it—you will end up leaving with, at the very least, a Happy Meal.

Free is a buzz word. It gets peoples’ attention and it is doing a disservice to the New Jersey solar power industry.

Yes, you can get solar panels installed on your roof for zero dollars out of pocket. And yes, there are a many benefits to doing so. Not only are you making an environmentally conscious decision to make your home a more comfortable, eco-friendly place to live, but you will also be saving money in the process.

If you choose this option, one of the many options of going solar, you are financing the solar panels, a process that allows you to start receiving the benefits of solar power immediately as you pay a fixed monthly lease or loan payment.

The good news is for the average homeowner, that amount is significantly less expensive than paying the your old electric bill.

Free solar panels from the government

“But I heard you can get free solar panels from the government,” you might be thinking.

Comic courtesy of Robb Mirsky

Again, nothing is free. The government has a vested interest backing their desire for you to go solar, but they don’t want it bad enough to actually give it away.

However, there are good reasons why New Jersey is considered one of the best states for solar power, including several incentives and tax credits that are state-specific.

In New Jersey, the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) and Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) combine with the 30% Federal Tax Credit to make flexible financing programs feasible.

The owner (lender) of the solar system collects the above financial incentives, plus monthly lease payments over a set period of time to offset the costs of installation.

All of those incentives do not equal zero dollars for the lifetime of the solar panels. What they do add up to, however, is a smart investment over the term of home and solar panel ownership.

Do I qualify for free solar panels?

As much as we’d like to say yes, the reality is no. In reality, no one qualifies for free solar panels.

Instead, you may qualify for a $0 down installation, which saves you on the out-of-pocket costs of solar while also helping save you money on energy costs immediately.

Qualifying criteria:

  • Average monthly electric bill > $100
  • Roof space, roof pitch
  • Sunlight exposure levels
  • Position of your home
  • Good credit

Find out

To see if your home qualifies for solar, call Delaware Valley Home Eco Tech at (856) 809-2744 or contact us online. The initial call will take approximately 15-minutes.

We will evaluate satellite images of your roof and sunlight exposure, determine if solar is a good match for your home, and set up a time for an in-home conversation. Call today to save money and build a better more sustainable future.

Just because that Beachbody program didn’t help you miraculously shed 15 pounds in two days doesn’t mean it isn’t without its fair share of benefits.

In the end, the free solar panel debate is akin to financing a car.

You don’t hear car dealerships advertising “free cars,” and for good reason. (It’s crazy enough at McDonald’s on free kiddie cone day!)

At Delaware Valley Home Eco Tech, we pride ourselves on being your solar and green energy savings advocate. We want to make sure that New Jersey homeowners understand the ins and outs of how solar power works, whether it makes sense for their home, and provide alternative solutions when solar does not make financial sense.

We don’t use buzzwords like “free solar panels” in our advertising, marketing, or sales process because we pride ourselves on doing things the right way.

We are local. We believe in giving back to the community in everything we do. And we are here to help you make an informed, educated financial decision not just for your home, but for your future.

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Do Solar Attic Fans Work on Cloudy Days?

Yes. Superior quality multi-crystalline solar cell modules provide the power for all DVHET solar fans. Because these panels have high-penetration light sensitivity from morning to evening, there is no need to adjust the angle of the panel to meet the sun’s rays. When the sun starts to rise, your DVHET solar fan starts its day as well.

Multiple layers of high tech aerospace grade material, including low iron super glass, sandwich our imbedded solar panels to provide highly sensitive light penetration. This proprietary process also makes DVHET’s solar fans weather proof in even the most sever weather conditions.

Receive a no-cost solar attic fan.

Contact Michele DuCoin at 856-809-2744 to schedule your free attic inspection and learn how to receive a no-cost solar attic fan!

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Home Buyers Seeking Energy Efficient Homes

As the Baby Boomers have reached retirement age, they are scaling down their living spaces and expenses.   They will likely make-up the majority of the one in three U.S. households planning to move within the next five years.

According to Nielsen’s Demand Institute, US citizens of all ages will:

  • Invest over $7.4 trillion purchasing homes
  • $2.2 trillion renting
  • $700 billion renovating their current homes to prepare them for sale

Making a decision regarding housing encompasses many factors: where to go; buy or rent, Most often two different things.  The Demand Institute refers to this variance as the housing satisfaction gap. Recently the institute conducted a survey to identify the top ten features Americans want but don’t have in a residence.  The first choice among those polled…Energy Efficient Homes.  Surprised?  You shouldn’t be.

It’s important to remember that utility bills represent a significant portion of household budgets on an ongoing basis. The Demand Institute’s survey revealed that “Average household spending on home electricity has grown 56% since 2000 – compared to 38% for other housing-related expenses.” But cost wasn’t the only consideration.  Responses from a demographic that included several generations, both genders, and every socio-economic condition demonstrated a sound understanding of the impact of carbon emissions. They are tired of rewarding fossil fuel providers with higher fees for dirty energy.  They want energy that is clean as well as affordable.  Most importantly, citizens are clearly committed to leaving a safer planet for future generations.

Although Energy Efficiency was the first choice of home buyers, it wasn’t the only option they were seeking.  Others included:

  • Renovation ready – Approximately 78% of homeowners plan to invest on renovations to prepare their own homes for sale.  When they buy, they will be seeking homes that are new or require little if any renovations
  • Updated kitchens – Over 35% of homeowner respondents are unhappy with their present kitchens.  Trends indicate home owners will be seeking to upgrade their kitchens and buyer will be looking for modern kitchens with energy efficient appliances
  • Safe Neighborhoods – No matter the age bracket, homeowners want safer neighborhoods.  Crime rate will play for those seeking to buy a new home
  • Affordable homes – Homeowners want to be able to enjoy life as well as own a home.  They don’t want to fall into that category known as house poor. According to the Demand Institute’s s poll,   close to “40 million households in the U.S. are considered to have a housing cost burden because they spend 30% or more of their income on housing expenses”. Investigating the upkeep such as interior and exterior maintenance, lawn-care, and energy efficiency is just as important a considering the cost of the mortgage, taxes, insurance, and condo association fees (when applicable), etc.
  • Space – Many respondents, particularly those with children are seeking homes with more storage space.  Youngsters accumulate all kinds of things like books, toys, games, sporting equipment, etc.  Adults require their fair share of space, as well.  Storage always turns-out to be a plus
  • Real Estate as an investment – According to the Demand Poll, 77% of Americans believe homeownership remains a solid investment

In the market for a new home and want to know what to look for? Planning on downsizing and want to make your home more buyer-friendly? Contact us today for more information on what an energy efficient home really looks like! 856-809-2744.

How Safe Is Your Attic Insulation?

Insulating your attic is important.  Choosing a healthy insulation product is crucial.  You may feel good about knowing your attic is insulated? But do you know the kind of insulation you have?  If you don’t, you may have a silent monster invading your home and affecting the safety and health of your family. Let’s take a look:

Asbestos:

Asbestos encompasses 6 variations of a naturally occurring minerals.  For years, primarily between 1930 and 1970, it was used in the production of insulation products.  Because asbestos containing insulation was composed of microscopic fibers it became easily airborne.  When its microscopic fibers were disturbed, disbursed and inhaled, they were found to cause major health problems, including: mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer.

Vermiculite:

Vermiculite is a naturally occurring mineral.  Because it was found to be inflammable, it was seen as a good insulation alternative. According to the EPA, most of the vermiculite used throughout the world came from a mine near Libby, Montana.  It was discovered that the mine also contained natural deposits of asbestos. Subsequent testing of the vermiculite taken from that site revealed that it had been contaminated by the asbestos. The mine was forced to close in 1990, however vermiculite ore continues to be mined in other countries as well as three sites here in the United States. It still serves as insulation in many homes.  Unfortunately, even vermiculite from the new mines is believed to contain small amounts of asbestos fibers.  As with other forms of asbestos related insulation, the EPA recommends it not be disturbed. It is also important not to let children play in areas where this type of insulation is present.

Zonolite:

Zonolite is the trademarked name of a product used in attic insulation.  This insulation, primarily used between the 1940s and 1990s, was found to be tainted with asbestos. As a result, it was proven to be harmful to residents.  Unfortunately, Zonolite remains in many attics and homes throughout the United States.  Because of the high levels of asbestos it contains it continues to pose major health dangers including, asbestosis and lung cancer.

Pink Fiberglass:

One insulation that is still installed in the majority of today’s homes, particularly here in the USA, is pink fiberglass. It seems attics everywhere are lined with rolls of this type of insulation.  But these attics are not pretty in in pink.  Although fiberglass was believed to be an effective and safe alternative to asbestos, environmental investigations conducted during the 1990s became concerned when they realized it was manufactured with a formaldehyde binder.  Today, many scientists are comparing the dangers of fiberglass insulation with those of asbestos.

Polystyrene Foam Insulation:

This insulation was never intended for use in the attic, yet it is commonly found there.  The primary danger associated with this type of attic insulation is its combustibility.  Because many wires and centralized electrical connections are located in the attic, so fire must be deemed a major concern. When polystyrene foam is ignited, it burns quickly and produces a smoke that is highly toxic.

Cellulose:

Cellulose insulation is constructed of paper products.  First, newspapers, magazines, and various grades of cardboard are shredded, crushed, pounded and milled.  Next, the material is treated with borate pest control products and chemicals to make it flame retardant. However according to the book Principles of Home Inspection, cellulose is inclined to absorb water.  The water tends to release allergens associated with the ink used on some of the printed paper included in its construction.  Furthermore, the water also serves to dilute the potency of both the borates and the fireproofing chemicals.    A study conducted by the California Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation found that when testing cellulose insulation samples, the majority failed the fire safety test within a six month period following installation.  It has also proven to cause respiratory problems to those with ink allergies.

Multi-Layer Reflective Insulation:

With reports of superb performance, inflammability, and absolutely no risks of health hazards,   multi-layer reflective insulation products trump every other insulation on the market today. Specifically developed to enhance thermal efficiency and reduce the transfer of radiant, conduction and convection heat, this insulation has taken its rightful place among the most successful, safe and cost saving insulation products on the market today.  The genius is in its design and construction, which by the way, takes place right here in the USA. It is referred to as multi-layer insulation because it uses two highly reflective aluminum surfaces to resist radiant heat transfer.  This performance-enhancing feature is not available in other types of traditional mass insulation. The aluminum surfaces are bound by a blanket-like fibrous center core based on a non-toxic, closed-cell honeycomb technology.  When placed between the two outer layers of aluminum, a compound effect on the center core’s performance is created, causing the insulation’s performance to move beyond that of just a barrier. It becomes more resistant to the transfer of conduction, convection, & radiant heat, as 99% aluminum blocks up to 97% of radiant heat transfer. With this type of ecology engineered, high performance insulation, homes are more comfortable, safe and energy efficient.

Schedule An Attic Inspection

Now that you are more informed about attic insulation products, you may want to have a professional take a look at your attic.  Delaware Valley Home Eco-Tech (DVHET) offers FREE attic inspections.  Our inspectors are certified and highly professional.  These are health, safety and energy driven inspections…NOT sales calls.  They provide a great opportunity to get the facts about your insulation without costing you a dime.  Why not call and see if there are any monsters hiding in your attic. 856-809-2744.