Maximizing Your Energy Efficiency for Homes and Businesses Investment

Meeting Rescheduled to July 19th
New location: Spring Valley Library
4280 South Jones Boulevard


Is your Home Energy Efficient?  Do you know where you are wasting money running your home?

Looking to buy or sell your home; know the ‘other costs’ associated with home ownership.

Before you put Solar on your home, make sure the low cost ‘fixes’ are made.

Date: THURSDAY     JULY 19, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: New Location Spring Valley Library
4280 South Jones Boulevard  FREE to attend

Speaker: Les Lazareck, Certified Residential Energy Inspector

LES LAZARECK HOME ENERGY CONNECTIONLes Lazareck is a residential Home Performance Expert who as the original Program Manager established Nevada’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, HomeFree Nevada. He is a certified home energy rater (HERS) through RESNET, certified Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst, Envelope and AC Heat Pump Professional trainer and proctor, Certified National Green Building Verifier (NAHB), owner of Home Energy Connection, LLC and a founding member and past Board Member of Solar NV, the local chapter of the American Solar Energy Society and Nevada Building Performance Professional. Les Lazareck earned his Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, focusing on alternative energy design. Applying his knowledge in residential home performance, Mr. Lazareck’s production home is now a net zero electric home.

Home Energy Connection provides a wide range of services for homeowners, builders, insulation, HVAC and remodeling trades, realtors and lenders for new and existing homes and commercial buildings. Since most buildings are built to code and code represents the minimum accepted standards for buildings, we strive to create high performing homes/buildings whether new or existing. In many cases, this adds little to the cost of the building or retrofit. Working with your goals, Home Energy Connection will craft a solution.


Air Leakage accounts for largest category of heat loss/gain in your home. Air sealing walls and ceiling is typically more valuable than windows and doors.

If you own, are buying, selling or plan to build a single or multi-family home or commercial property, call Home Energy Connection first. Unlike Home/Building Inspectors, Home Energy Connection is trained, certified, licensed and experienced to:

    1. Buying
      1. Determine the cost of operating the property.
      2. Verify the combustion appliances (water heater, furnace, oven, etc.) are operating safely.
      3. We provide recommendations to optimize the home/building’s energy efficiency, comfort, health, safety and durability which can assist you in negotiating a lower purchase price.
      4. We oversee and coordinate improvements so work is performed to industry best practices.
    2. Selling
      1. Perform an energy assessment to determine how your home/building compares to similar properties and decide if and what improvement may be desirable to complete. The MLS system can document these improvements. The cost of the energy assessment can be included in the closing costs like a home inspection.
      2.  The Appraisal Institute now requires the results of an energy assessment be used in determining the property’s value.
      3. In addition to the aesthetic features of your home/building, use documented energy performance to sell the property faster, (e.g., new or upgraded a/c or furnace, energy star appliances or recently installed windows or doors.)
    3. Building/Remodeling
      1. Through planning, we can help incorporate design elements to maximize the building’s performance, comfort, indoor air quality and durability.
      2. Verify your home if seeking ENERGY STAR or NAHB National Green Buildingcertification.
      3. Represent the owner to ensure work is performed to best practices and verified.
    4. Training for Energy Auditors and Contractors
      1. Train and proctor individuals interested in becoming a BPI Certified Building Analyst, Envelope or AC and Heat Pump Professional or RESNET Home Energy Rater (HERS).

November Meeting – Residential Energy Optimization

Please join us in our NEW location, the Innevation Center, this Thursday, November 20th at 6:30 PM.

The address is: 6795 Edmond St. | 3rd Floor | Las Vegas, NV 89118 | (702) 444-1111

Our guest speaker for this month is Van Johnson from NV Energy. Van will be presenting about the mPowered residential energy optimization program – a free service to NVE customers who rent or own single family homes equipped with central air conditioners. The program includes up to 4 smart programmable thermostats, free installation, free energy saving software, and free anytime, anywhere mobile access to your thermostats from your smart phone or tablet. The energy optimization service can save 10-15% on the annual cost of heating and cooling your home.

Van Johnson is a Senior Project Manager in the Demand Response Department at NV Energy; responsible for customer acquisition for Demand Response programs and customer support. Van holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Howard University and a MBA from Santa Clara University.

The address is: 6795 Edmond St. | 3rd Floor | Las Vegas, NV 89118 | (702) 444-1111

2013 Solar Home Tour

Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour - 2013

The 9th Annual Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour is just around the corner!

October 5, 2013 @ 10 am

2012 Southern Nevada Solar Home TourThe American Solar Energy Society’s National Solar Tour is the world’s largest grassroots solar event. It offers people from all over the country an opportunity to visit innovative green homes and buildings to see how you can use solar energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies to reduce monthly utility bills and help tackle climate change. More than 160,000 participants will visit some 5,500 buildings in 3,200 communities across the U.S.2012 Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour

For nine years, the Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour has been a great event. Solar NV would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who make them possible, from the owners who opened their homes and shared their stories, to the volunteers who assisted throughout the day and of course, the sponsors who supported the event.

We received a lot of great comments about the tour, confirming the tremendous value it brings to the community:

The best part was being able to see innovation in practice. Each owner had different perspectives and knowledge but they each shared a loving commitment to making a difference. I look forward to our annual solar tour! Spread the word, take your colleagues, friends, family AND more importantly, a “denier,” to this meaningful as well as memorable event. ~ Cherie W.

I like hearing from solar homeowners about their experiences, what works and what they would have done differently. It is a lot of fun and I love meeting new people who are committed to making a difference. The solar home tour is a fantastic experience for anyone interested in sustainable living. ~ Bill R.

I loved being able to talk to owners who created their own environments using available technologies, incentives and rebates. Their experiences were inspiring. ~ Mary Beth H.

I liked seeing the technology in each home and the handouts that the homeowners provided. Having knowledgable Solar NV volunteers at each home was also nice so multiple tours could happen concurrently. ~ Rick V.

2012 Southern Nevada Solar Home TourIf you have previously attended the tour, please take a moment to share your experience using the Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour feedback form. If you would like more information about the tour please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

This is also a great time to renew your Solar NV membership. The tour is $20 for non members, $15 for those who will be driving hybrids, and $10 for members. Become a new member of SolarNV for only $1 more when you register for the tour!

We invite you to join us for this year’s Southern Nevada Solar Home Tour!
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All photos by Steve Rypka

June 2013 Meeting

Meeting Topic: Maximizing your solar investment for homes and businesses

Les LazareckPlease join us for a presentation from Les Lazareck of Home Energy Connection! Learn how to stretch your solar or energy efficiency spending for maximum benefit.

Les Lazareck, CEM is a building performance expert focused on optimizing the energy use, comfort, health and safety of both commercial and residential buildings through his company Home Energy Connection, LLC founded in 2006. Prior to becoming a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Les established Nevada’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, HomeFree Nevada/EnergyFit Nevada.

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March 2013 Meeting

Meeting Topic: Tubular Daylighting Devices


Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!

Date: March 21st. (third Thursday of every month)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: University of Nevada – Las Vegas

Beam Hall, Room 120 (BEH 120)
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154 (map & parking info)

solatubephotoPlease join us for a presentation by Solatube International, a manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs)! The Solatube Smart LED System harvests daylight during sunlight hours (using the traditional Solatube Daylighting System model) and, as light levels begin to dim, its “smart” sensors activate the LED lighting.

February 2013 Meeting

Meeting Topic: EnergyFit Nevada

Solar NV meets monthly and everyone is invited!

Date: February 21st. (third Thursday of every month)
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: University of Nevada – Las Vegas

Beam Hall, Room 120 (BEH 120)
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154 (map & parking info)

energyfit-nevadaLauren Boitel of EnergyFit Nevada will talk about how the organization is helping people save money, be more comfortable and help the environment.

EnergyFit Nevada is the statewide nonprofit sponsor of Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.  Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) is a national program from the U.S. EPA and DOE, which offers a comprehensive and quantitative whole-house approach to improving energy efficiency, comfort, health, safety and durability of homes.

A whole-house approach helps homeowners optimize energy efficiency by looking at the house as an energy system with interdependent parts, each of which affects the performance of the entire system. It also takes into account the homeowners, local climate and more. EnergyFit Nevada has helped over 550 Nevadans to live in healthier, happier, more affordable homes through our residential energy efficiency rebates.