Renewable Nation, the 100-percent noncommercial app for consumers
seeking information on residential solar and other home energy
improvement projects, is launching a video-based “DIY Q&A” connecting
homeowners with DIY home energy questions to the experts who have the
As of 11 a.m. EDT May 21, Renewable Nation began accepting questions
from homeowners through its in-app video submission tool and via social
media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Social media
submissions should use the hashtag #DIYRenewableNation for
posting questions. Submissions made through the app will be entered to
win a $200 gift card for home projects.
Questions will be collected through June 21 and answered by contractors
and other experts on DIY home energy projects. The resulting Q&As will
be curated and made available in the Renewable Nation app, on social
media and via other online channels.
Renewable Nation Project Manager Scott Stapf said: “We know two
things about DIYers when it comes to solar and home-energy projects. First,
they are not sure about who to trust to get the best information.
Second, they look to video to get the answers. Our goal is to use
the power of Renewable Nation to get the best curated answers to
homeowners, and then to share the resulting Q-and-A dialogue with tens
of thousands of other interested homeowners.”
For more information and rules, go to www.RenewableNation.US/DIY-Q-A-Rules.
Over half of American homeowners (56 percent) are do-it-yourselfers
(DIYers). Statistics show that a little under half (39 percent) of
DIYers choose to complete projects alone in order to save money. Yet in
a seeming contradiction, 56 percent of DIYers will use professional
contractors for a portion of, or the whole installation, as in a solar
roof and many major energy-efficiency installations. It’s clear that
most homeowners and renters wanting to go solar or integrate energy
efficiency into their homes have questions, but don’t know who to ask.
Research shows that women are just as likely as men to be the DIYer in a
home energy project. 32 percent of women surveyed are planning a home
improvement project in the next year. Additionally, 35 percent of
homeowners – and rising – are millennials or younger. They are the most
likely of all homeowners to undertake major home-improvement projects.
A major goal of the Renewable Nation DIY Q&A is to make sure that all
interested homeowners have a chance to pose the questions that may be
holding them back—not to mention an equal shot at winning $200 towards
their next project.
Virtually every rooftop in the U.S. has already been mapped to assess
its suitability for solar power generation. As a result, we know that
about four out of five (79 percent) of U.S. homes are suitable for
solar. Surveys show that more than three out of five (62 percent)
homeowners want solar on their rooftops. There is a total of 74 million
single-family homes in the U.S., which means that about 58.4 million are
ideal for solar rooftops. However, only 1.3 million home rooftop solar
installations have been completed so far in the United States, which is
just 2.2 percent of the total potential.
ABOUT RENEWABLE NATION
The nonprofit and app-based Renewable Nation uses the latest technology
to help American homeowners and schools better understand and act on
their renewable energy and energy efficiency choices. The Renewable
Nation app is designed to ensure that consumers have ready access to
non-commercial information and videos on key topics that already have
been curated for their use.
The core elements of Renewable Nation app are:
A non-commercial, crowd-sourced database of solar contractors and
Solar Schools 2025, a project of Renewable Nation, targets 50 schools
a year to “buddy up” with schools that already have gone solar, a
step-by-step package of materials, and a weekly series of Webinars
about how to go solar. Solar Schools 2025 is recruiting the first 50
schools for its program now and applications can be made through the
Renewable Nation app.
The best in curated videos about clean energy and energy efficiency
projects around the home.
For more information, download the Renewable Nation app or go to www.RenewableNation.US.