Home Energy Alternatives

Posted on 21 March, 2013

In light of rising energy costs and growing environmental concerns about the standard types of utilities we employ, many homeowners are choosing alternative energy sources to power their homes. There are currently many different types of renewable energy sources available; we have chosen to look at three of the more common options – wind energy, solar energy, and GeoExchange. These different energy options will minimize your impact on the environment while increasing the value of your home.

Wind Energy

What is it?

One of the fastest growing methods of generating electrical energy is through wind power. A wind energy system transforms the kinetic energy in wind to a more usable electrical energy.

How does it work?

Electricity is created as the wind power turns the blades of a wind turbine then turning a generator.

Benefits

Since wind energy requires no fuel and does not produce greenhouse gases or pollution it greatly reduces the environmental impact of generating electricity. Wind energy systems require minimal maintenance and have low operating expenses, while operating 99% of the time.

Solar Photovoltaic Energy (PVs)

What is it?

Photovoltaic devices are used to convert solar energy into electricity.

How does it work?

A solar cell is built into a photovoltaic module, many of which are then connected together into panels and arrays to meet the desired energy need.

Benefits

Some of the many benefits include a safe, reliable, low-maintenance source of solar electricity. Their life span exceeds 40 years, produce no pollution or emissions, easy to install, and incur few operating costs.

GeoExchange or Geothermal Heat Pump Systems

What is it?

GeoExchange uses the consistent temperature of the earth to exchange heat between the ground and building to create heating and cooling for residential homes.

How does it work?

Standard pump and compressor technology is used to transfer heat from the earth in the winter to warm your house and transfer the heat to the earth in the summer keeping your house cool.

Benefits

These systems take up much less space than traditional HVAC systems and often pays for itself in less time. They also involve no combustion making them safer and cleaner than oil and gas, and potentially save the consumer up to 70% of their current heating bill.


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