5 Top Cleantech Solutions For Your Home

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What are the biggest and best cleantech solutions for a new home… or for any home, for that matter? Below is my list of the top 5-ish.

My wife and I are looking around for a new home. With such a big change, we plan to finally do many things that we’ve been pushing off “until we move.” I’m super eager to make a number of changes when we do find a place and move, including some cleantech ones. In this spirit, I thought I’d write an article on some top cleantech solutions I’d incorporate into a new home if possible, solutions which you could of course incorporate into any home — old or new.

1. Go Solar

perovo-solar-farmImage Credit: Zachary Shahan / CleanTechnica

This should be no surprise for our readers. Going solar is one of the best ways to do your bit to stop global warming (as well as air pollution, water pollution, unsustainable water use, and more). It’s also an excellent financial decision for a high number of people. The ROI on a solar power system beats the S&P 500 in 13 states and beats 5-year CDs in 43 states. Middle-class families who go solar via solar leasing save about $600 a year on their electric bill. On average, US homeowners who went solar in 2011 were projected to save over $20,000 over the life of their system, with the cost of solar power coming down tremendously since then. Going solar seems like common sense if you have a roof on which it would work and live in a state with decent solar incentives.

2. Switch To LEDs

Cree LED costs less than $10Image Credit: Cree

LED lighting is finally cheap enough where it really, really makes sense to switch to LEDs instead of CFLs (and, of course, instead of incandescent light bulbs). A couple of different companies now offer LEDs for under $10 (even under $5 with rebates), LEDs which you can buy at Walmart and Home Depot.

3. Educate Your Thermostat

Nest-learning-thermostatImage Credit: Nest

And, of course, get a thermostat that can learn from you. The most well known such thermostat is the Nest Learning Thermostat, which on my recent trip back to the US I noticed was for sale in Apple stores. Not that surprising, given that the founder of Nest, Tony Fadell, came up with the concept and initial design of the iPod. He apparently did great work at Apple for years before deciding to jump into the energy efficiency and smart home arena.

4. Get A Home EV Charger…

EV chargerImage Credit: OregonDOT

… for your new electric car. (Well, I’m just going to assume that have an electric car or will get one soon.) While plugging in to your normal electric socket is actually fine, there are still good rebates and even giveaways for faster home chargers for electric cars. I’d advise looking into it. I actually don’t plan to get a car anytime soon, not even an EV, so I’ll be passing on this one, but I thought it was a good addition to the list.

5. Get ENERGY STAR Appliances & Electronics… The Best Ones

Energy_Star_logoImage Credit: ENERGY STAR

The other big electricity users in your home are your appliances. If you are moving into a new home, try to get the most efficient appliances on the market… or, at least, quite efficient appliances with the ENERGY STAR rating. If you’ve got some super old appliances or electronics, many of you can also benefit if you upgrade. Look into it and crunch the numbers.

These super efficient appliances and electronics often have the best return on investment of anything you could buy. Plus, the savings are tax free! However, I would note that a ton of the products on the market these days are ENERGY STAR certified. So, really, look beyond the label and try to make sure you are really going for one of the most efficient options on the market.


So, whether you are looking for a new home or set on staying where you are, I think the above are some of the best cleantech solutions you could purchase. Let me know if you have more you’d put on the list, or if you have any gripe with the ones above.

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Zachary Shahan

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA], NIO [NIO], Xpeng [XPEV], Ford [F], ChargePoint [CHPT], Amazon [AMZN], Piedmont Lithium [PLL], Lithium Americas [LAC], Albemarle Corporation [ALB], Nouveau Monde Graphite [NMGRF], Talon Metals [TLOFF], Arclight Clean Transition Corp [ACTC], and Starbucks [SBUX]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.

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8 thoughts on “5 Top Cleantech Solutions For Your Home

  • The ultimate is passivhaus.

    • Is it? You pay a hell of a lot of money for some of those energy savings, some of the big ticket efficiency items are obviously worth it, however eking out those last savings garner diminishing returns. With solar prices plummeting we have reached a point where it is cheaper to simply add a little more solar than try to achieve every tiny saving possible.

  • I did 1, 2, and 4 . . . and no longer pay for gasoline or electricity.

  • While it should go without saying, a lot of new homes still don’t so I would add.
    Super insulate, think about window placement and shading, if you ground supports it (cost vise) geothermal heat pump beats air. Passive solar heating/cooling as possible in your location.

    • I almost threw insulation in there. Are a lot of new homes really not putting in adequate insulation?

  • Hey Zach,

    Love your story! Another easy energy-efficient step is using
    power strips at electric outlets so entire banks of electronics and appliances
    can be turned off when not in use. I did this in my home and saved an
    astonishing 20% off my already efficiency-reduced utility bill. I am amazed at
    the savings.

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