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Remodel for Energy Independence – Control your Energy Use

Energy independence usually brings to mind wilderness-based, off-grid living. However, you don’t need to live in a yurt to embrace energy independence. Controlling your energy usage with solar, wind, and renewable energy resources is becoming more mainstream as homeowners join the urban off-grid movement.

There are several reasons for this change in attitude towards energy independence. Social awareness of the depletion of nonrenewable energy sources is on the rise. Also, public utilities are constantly increasing their rates for natural gas and peak electricity. 

Incorporating Energy Independence into Your Remodel

Think of your home as an entire energy system. All the independent pieces work together to create a home that efficiently uses as few nonrenewable resources as possible.

Work Through Energy Independence Options with Your Architect and Designer

If energy independence is important to your home remodel goals, make sure you find an architect and designer that is familiar with incorporating renewable energy resources. They can help you find the best options for your project.

Find Products that Support Your Energy Goals

Start with a set of goals for your remodel. Replace non-renewable resources with energy-efficient solutions. The following products are a great way to make your home off-grid.

HVAC Systems

Kitchen Appliances

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  • Electric Hot Water Heaters. Use electricity instead of gas, like in traditional hot water heaters, in order to save nonrenewable resources. 
  • Instant Hot Water Dispensing Faucets. Add a hot water hook up directly to your sink to save energy and time. 

Solar Panels

The State of California issued a mandate that all new homes be built with solar electricity systems. After all, the Golden State is generally known for its great quantities of sunshine. Take advantage of this natural resource with solar architecture, including solar panel installation. Solar panels don’t have to be bulky and unattractive. There are many new designs available to harness the sun’s energy, without sacrificing the aesthetic of your home’s exterior. 

Paying for Energy Independence

Energy-efficient home systems can be expensive. Fortunately, there are programs that help with the cost. Many utility companies offer incentives or rebates to adopt renewable energy. NOTE: These programs are constantly changing. We did our best to find the most recent cost-saving initiatives, but expiration dates or policy changes may affect these. 


The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission currently offers rebates and/or incentives for the following:

Low, or No Interest Financing

The CaliforniaFIRST program developed a property assessed clean energy (PACE) finance program that allows homeowners to finance energy-efficient upgrades and pay the amount back on their property taxes. Renew Financial offers zero dollars down financing for PACE-qualified home improvement purchases. 

GoGreen Energy Home Financing offers zero-fee, low-interest financing for homeowners and renters looking to make energy-efficient improvements. 

Tax Credits

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers a Residential Renewable Tax Credit through the end of 2023 for Solar Water Heat, Solar Photovoltaics, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Wind (Small), and Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels.  Check EnergyStar for a full list of qualifying renewable products.

Creating a home that is comfortable, energy-efficient, and environmentally responsible requires a strategic approach.  Our experienced team at Drafting Cafe Architects is here to help you navigate energy independence in your home remodel. Contact us today to start your green home renovation.


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