DIYers Welcome: App-Based Nonprofit Renewable Nation Opens One-Month Submission Period;
Video Entries Have a Chance to Win a $200 Home Improvement Gift Card.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 21, 2019 – 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 answers.
At 11 a.m. EDT today, Renewable Nation will begin 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 20 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 installers.
- 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.