Yes, of course there's an app for that. It can't bring you thicker windows or a solar hot water system, but it can grade your energy efficiency based on detailed information you provide. And if you do decide to invest in solar or efficiency retrofits, clear graphics will make those improvements tangible.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced additional funds to support energy efficiency and weatherization projects. Via its Weatherization Assistance Program, DOE will disburse an additional $120 million in grants to some 120 organizations working to retrofit homes across the country. Last year, the Weather Assistance Program (WAP) received $5 billion in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
We're going back to basics here. Those of us who follow solar often get most excited about creative ways to apply the technology-- like solar phones to serve rural India. However, understanding the potential for solar within the good old United States means we sometimes need to refresh our memories on how, exactly, those PV systems and thermal collectors impact the energy use in average American homes.