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).

Event – Brookings Scholar Lecture Series

brookingslegacy-nevadaBrooking’s Scholar Lecture Series: “Growth Without (Emissions) Growth: State Progress and Drift on Decoupling”

November 15, 2016,
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
UNLV Greenspun Hall Auditorium (1st Floor)

Brooking’s Mountain West presents: Growth Without (Emissions) Growth: State Progress and Drift on Decoupling,” a talk by Devashree Saha, Ph.D., senior policy associate & associate fellow, Metropolitan Policy, Brooking’s Institution.

Decoupling of GDP growth from growth in carbon emissions is taking on an increasing salience since it represents the squaring of the circle necessary to decarbonize the global economy while maintaining economic growth. Now the evidence says that since 2000 the United States has fully decoupled economic growth from carbon emissions: GDP went up by 30 percent over the past 15 years while carbon emissions decreased by 10 percent. This public lecture and presentation will discuss how the transformation of economic growth towards a lower dependency on fossil fuels and related carbon emissions is happening across U.S. states including in Nevada.

This event is free and open to the public.

Devashree Saha is a senior policy associate and associate fellow at the Brooking’s Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. Her research primarily focuses on the intersection of clean energy and economic development policy, including the transition to a clean energy economy. Prior to joining Brooking’s, Saha worked at the National Governors Association, where her work spanned clean energy, transportation, and land use planning issues. She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in political science from Purdue University.

Solar NV Golf Tournament – June 6, 2015

SolarNV Golf 2015
The summer solstice only happens once a year. Click Here to Register.

2014 Membership Appreciation & Holiday Party

Join Solar NV on Friday December 19th (at our new location in the Innevation Center from 6:30 to 9:30) with musical guest The Full Throttle Blues Band!!! as we celebrate the holidays and another year of solar success and thank our members old and new for their help and support!
Solar NV (RSVP’s truly appreciated).
Address: 6795 Edmond Street, 3rd. Floor
There will be swag!!

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

Solar NV Summer Solstice Golf Tournament

Solar NV Summer Solstice Golf TournamentThe summer solstice only happens once a year. It is a special solar event that has been celebrated for thousands of years – so why change now?

Join Solar NV along with our friends and volunteers for our annual

Summer Solstice Golf Tournament on June 14, 2014!

We are excited to have this year’s event at:

Spanish Trail Country Club

Enjoy the outdoors with a round of golf (includes practice balls, swag bag and cart) followed by a great lunch and plenty of networking.

Proceeds help cover Solar NV’s yearly operational expenses and the Solar NV Scholarship fund. Solar NV is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Date: June 14th, 2014
Registration Time: 6:30-7:00 AM
Tee Off Time: 7:30 AM
Location: Spanish Trail Country Club
Address: 5050 Spanish Trail Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89113

The individual costs are $150/person for non-members and $125/person for Solar NV members. The cost for signing up a foursome is $500, and for every Solar NV member on your team you can save $25!

Proceeds help cover Solar NV’s yearly operational expenses and the Solar NV Scholarship fund. Solar NV is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Golf Registration Form

Sponsorship Opportunities are Available

Support clean, renewable energy in Nevada. Please consider becoming a Solar NV annual sponsor. There are several levels of participation and custom sponsorships are available. For more details please email:

Thank you to everyone who sponsored, volunteered for, or attended the 2013 tournament!

Platinum Sponsor

NV Energy

Gold Sponsor

Southwest Gas

Silver Sponsor