If you’re like most homeowners, you’re always looking for ways to save money and make your home more comfortable. One of the best ways to do both of those things is by making the switch to renewable energy! Of course, there are a lot of different ways to do that, so we’ve put together this post to help you figure out which option is best for you!
Solar panels are a great way to generate electricity. You can use them on the roof of your home by creating an array and attaching it to wires that then go into your home or office, where you will be able to power lights, appliances, and more.
Solar panels work by converting energy from the sun into electricity. This is done by solar cells that are built into the panel and then connected to create an electrical current that can be used by your home appliances, etc
Solar panels actually do not create electricity during the day and send it over for you to use in your home. The only time they provide energy is when sunlight or other types of light are hitting them. So if you need some extra juice at night, we suggest investing in a battery bank that stores the energy as well as some sort of inverter that converts DC (direct current) into AC (alternating current).
Geothermal heating and cooling system
Geothermal energy is the process of heating and cooling your home by using a geothermal heat pump, which is an air source heat pump that can extract heat from the ground.
When looking to install a geothermal system, you have two options for this type of equipment: closed loop or open loop. In a closed-loop system, tubing is installed underground and loops through an area where heat exchange takes place with the surrounding earth, transferring thermal energy from one side to another.
In an open-loop system, groundwater flows through the same piping as the fluids used in your air source heat pump after being extracted from a well in your yard. It’s best to use a professional installer for these systems because they must be designed very accurately and to code.
Use energy-efficient LED light bulbs for less electricity usage
Efficient light bulbs are typically LEDs or CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) as they use less electricity to run than standard incandescent bulbs.
There are three main ways to tell if a lightbulb is energy efficient: watts (or how much electricity it uses), lumens (brightness of the bulb) and life span, which is the number of hours that a bulb can be expected to last before burning out.
LED lights outperform traditional light bulbs because they use 85% less energy, which decreases the demand from power plants and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. LED lights last 25 times longer than traditional ones and are also mercury-free.
Use an electric car or plug-in hybrid vehicle to reduce gas consumption
Electric cars are powered by all sorts of different sources, including coal and petroleum. However, some plug-in electric vehicles can be charged on 100% renewable energy , which makes them the greenest option available for commuters.
Plug-in hybrids run primarily on gasoline or diesel fuel but have an electric powertrain that allows them to recharge their batteries with electricity from outlets giving them extended range . If your commute is within 30 miles they might be a good choice because letting the car rest at home overnight “charges” it via grid electricity.
Rotational kinetic energy: the earth, sun and moon spin while wind moves around them. This is visible in our day-to-day lives as weather patterns, but we can also harness it to generate electricity with wind turbines (also called “windmills”).
These systems require large expanses of land and are frequently used on farms to help farmers offset their electrical costs. Many other types of green building programs will allow you to take advantage of tax credits that make investing in a turbine worthwhile financially.
Why clean energy is worth the cost
Renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power, are one of the world’s most important resources. It is often seen as an expensive choice but unfortunately, before we started using fossil fuels like coal and oil, we didn’t understand just how much damage we were doing to our planet.
You can help save the environment and save yourself money in the long run by switching to renewable energy sources in your own home.