Bringing Green Energy into Your Home

Homeowners all across America are choosing to incorporate green energy into their own homes, it not only helps reduce carbon footprints it can save you money at the same time.  It is not as difficult as you think and you can easily do things like install your own solar panels.  If bringing green energy into your home is your goal then you need to choose a project that works with your home.

Solar Projects

Installing solar panels on the roof of your home is one of the most common projects that homeowners do to convert to green energy.  If you live in a place where you can get enough daylight and your roof can hold solar panels, then solar panels can save you a fortune in energy costs.  As long as you have daylight your solar panels will keep generating electricity.  Once the panels have been installed there is little or no maintenance involved.  Solar panels do have an upfront cost but it is offset by the savings you get long term.

Bringing Green Energy into Your Home

Geothermal Energy

Most people are familiar with solar or wind power, geothermal energy is the new kid on the block when it comes to green energy.  Geothermal uses the natural heat stored in the earth to provide heat and cooling for homes and hot water tanks.  In the winter your home can tap into the heat of the earth to keep your house warm, during the summer months the heat from your home is put back into the earth.  Geothermal energy is not a DIY project like solar can be, you need a professional to put in the system for you.  Installation can be expensive, if you live in an area where energy costs are high then it pays for itself relatively quickly.  Here is a look at how geothermal energy works.

Wind Power

If solar or geothermal is out of your budget there are other green energy sources you can use like wind power.  If you live in a part of the world that has lots of wind you can use wind turbines on the property.  Wind turbines come in a variety of sizes so you can make them work for your property, but they are not ideal for an urban area.  Wind turbines are pretty low maintenance after the initial installation, but they do take up quite a bit of space and they can be fairly noisy which is why they work better on larger properties in the country.

Bringing green energy into your home is easier than you think and it can save you a fortune in the long run.

Green Energy is Going to Power the Future

As the world becomes more concerned with greenhouse gases and climate change you’re going to be hearing the term “green energy” a lot more often.  What is green energy and which sources of energy qualify as green?  If green energy is going to power the future how do we start changing from using fossil fuels to renewables starting now?

Green Energy is Going to Power the Future

Defining Green Energy

Green energy is energy that is produced with little or no impact on our environment.  Unlike coal, natural gas or oil which all have harmful byproducts and damage the local area during the extraction process, green energy does none of that.  It is both friendly to the local environment and it doesn’t generate any of the harmful carbon emissions which are causing climate change in our world today.

Sources of Green Energy

There are a number of sources of green energy that are being used today, for renewables there is solar, wind, geothermal,  and hydroelectric energy.  We also make use of biofuels in generating green energy and while it is not technically renewable it does not harm the environment in the way fossil fuels do.  Bio energy sources can include biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel.  We are also using biomass (waste products) as well for fuel.  Bear in mind that wood is technically a bioenergy product but it is not clean nor is it green, burning wood produce harmful by products.  Nuclear energy is considered by some to be a form of green energy but after the meltdown of Fukushima in Japan nuclear has come under fire by environmental groups.

Energy Conservation

Conservation is critical to the green energy movement.  Reduce, reuse and recycle is the mantra of environmental groups.  Minimizing the amount of waste and pollution we generate goes hand in hand with moving towards using strictly green energy.  Solar and wind are examples of our ability to generate power without creating waste or generating pollutants to be spewed into the environment.  Electricity can be generated using strictly green methods, and power generation companies can feed this electricity into the electric grids that power our homes.

Choosing to switch to green power helps you to reduce environmental pollution, lower your carbon footprint and do your part for climate change.  Green energy has gotten cheaper over the years and now switching to solar power has become affordable for the average home owner.  You can replace all energy generated by fossil fuels with green and renewable energy sources.