Setting a wonderful example for the rest of Georgia as well as their own residents, the City of Sandy Springs relies on solar power for Fire Stations #1 and #2. The installation of the solar photovoltaic (electric) and solar thermal (hot water) systems is the first for a local government in Georgia. The 2.35kW PV systems and 4-panel, 200 gallon hot water systems will offset the energy needed from natural gas to heat water for kitchens, laundry and bathrooms and from electric for powering lighting, appliances and other devices within the Fire Stations. The solar energy systems will produce a collective amount of energy annually totaling 81.7 million BTUs and more than 6,000 kWh.
As a Sandy Springs resident, hopefully the installation of these solar energy systems inspires you to make your own home more energy-efficient. Or, if you are in the market for a new home, purchase an energy-efficient home. Many home builders construct green homes that meet or exceed standards for LEED certification and EarthCraft House. Yes, typically these homes tend to be a little more expensive, but they also reduce utility bills, saving you money in the long run. Plus, it is still a buyer’s market, and if you search wisely, you will no doubt find a green built home at a comparable price to a home that is not energy-efficient. If you need any help in searching for a green-built home in Sandy Springs, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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