GreenPoint offers energy-efficient home systems
SHARON â€” With the price of oil creeping back up, and the economy continuing to tighten, many homeowners are looking for ways to make their homes more â€˜greenâ€™ â€” not just to be eco-aware but also to reduce their heating and electric bills.
In response, Churchill Brothers construction company, which opened in Sharon in 2005, has formed a subsidiary: GreenPoint Green Energy.
GreenPoint specializes in renewable energy technologies, including solar, wind and geothermal energy products.
â€œIt is a clearly growing market,â€ Steven Kalur said. â€œOur company believes that building is heading in the direction of â€˜greenâ€™ construction. Going green has been hyped so much, but with rising energy costs, the best way to beat those costs is to generate your own electricity.â€
Kalur said the company works with solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal systems.
With a geothermal system, pipes are buried underground and either draw heat from the earth to heat a building, or discharge heat from a building to cool it.
Wind turbines are slowly popping up in New England but have to be in an optimal spot to work successfully.
â€œWind is not as good a candidate for buildings in the Northwest Corner as solar is,â€ Kalur said. â€œMost people donâ€™t realize that solar is a versatile source of energy. We install entire systems, from beginning to end.â€
Solar panels can be installed on top of buildings and can convert energy from the sun into electricity. There are also systems now that transfer the sunâ€™s energy to heat a buildingâ€™s water supply.
Kalur said the company analyzes a building and the environmental situation surrounding the building before determining what is best when it comes to a renewable energy system. Which means that the company will not sell the customer something they cannot use.
â€œConsulting and analysis are extremely important, just as much as solid installation of a system,â€ he said. â€œIt is very important that a building has energy-efficient windows, ceilings and modern insulation before any energy-efficient system is added to a building. We are very upfront about that.â€
For more information, call GreenPoint Clean Energy at 860-364-9852 or 860-364-5152 or visit their Web site at greenpointenergy.com.