Not so long ago, the idea of producing power from home was considered crazy talk. Nowadays, instead of buying energy from suppliers, you can opt to install renewable technology (also called low-carbon technology) to generate your own. With gas and electricity prices rising by the day, many companies are edging towards using renewable energy as a way to save the environment and your pocket. Technological advancements over the decades have produced both passive and active ways to create renewable energy.
Renewable energy is obtained from natural resources such as solar wind, water, and other technologies that ensure the natural replenishing of energy stores. Keep in mind that you may not be able to power your entire home if you live in a large house or an area with extreme climates. However, using one or more of the systems outlined below, you might be able to take a massive chunk out of your monthly energy bills.
When you mention renewable energy, the first thing that pops into many people’s minds is solar energy. This method is one of the most effective ways to produce reliable renewable energy for your home using photovoltaic (PV) panels. These panels are placed on the roof or somewhere with adequate sunlight exposure on your lawn or farm.
These PV panels absorb the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity. Depending on your latitude and orientation of the panels, you can manage to produce up to 10 or more watts per square foot. According to the U.S Energy Information Administration, the average U.S home uses around 900 kilowatts of electricity per month. Put this into the equation when determining the size of solar panels you require for your home.
Advantages of Solar Panels
- Cheaper to install compared to other renewable sources
- Can be installed alongside other water heating systems
We have all come across those massive wind turbines at one particular point in our lives. If you have never seen one, you can find wind turbines on large tracts of open land, called wind farms. However, you do not need land tracts of land to set up windmills. If you have enough area, you can install a small wind turbine to power your property.
The bulkiness of wind turbines is a downside that makes it less prevalent in most residential areas. Imagine waking up to find your neighbor with a large windmill towering his small lawn and not to mention the noise that comes from these things. Some residences even forbid wind turbines. However, if these disadvantages do not apply to you, wind power can be the best asset in our eyes, but we’ll let you decide.
Benefits of Wind Turbines
- Wind power is more stable compared to solar power
- A property sized wind turbine can comfortably generate enough power for all your needs
- Wind is a common occurrence in most places unlike sunlight
Water heating is the most significant contributor to your monthly electricity bills by a long shot. While solar panels generate electricity from sunshine, solar thermal panels use sunlight to heat water. As such, solar panels and solar thermals are two different technologies.
A solar thermal system uses heat from the sun to heat your hot water. So how does it work? The heat-transfer fluid after absorbing enough heat moves from the collectors to your hot water cylinder. This way, a solar thermal system can provide your home with free heated water.
You can even use a solar thermal system alongside a conventional boiler. The system will work all year without a fit, but you may need to add the heat with your boiler during winter.
Benefits of a Solar Thermal
- These systems are compatible with many boilers
- Modern systems can work for you even during winter
- Saves you money on heating costs
Geothermal energy, as the name suggests, is energy derived from the heat coming from below the earth’s surface. This renewable energy source supplies power around the clock and hardly emits any gases. Geothermal heating systems work by pumping water containing glycol around a loop buried in your garden. The span of the loop largely depends on the size of your property and the level of heat required in achieving a comfortable room temperature in your house. The longer the loop, the more the heat drawn from the ground.
Benefits of Geothermal Systems
- Use 25 percent to 50 percent less electricity compared to typical HVAC systems
- Hardware requires less space compared to HVAC systems
- Little to no noise from the geothermal systems
- Maintains indoor humidity
So here we go again. Which renewable energy source is the best for your home? In our opinion, there is no standard heating system for all homes. The right system is the one that favors your situation and fits all your needs. The options are all there ready for picking, so you be the judge.