Using clean, renewable and sustainable sources of energy can offer substantial benefits. This energy can be purchased from the grid or created using design and technology right at your own home.
With green homes, solar energy can be harnessed many ways to save you money and minimize the carbon-based energy required to operate a home and its systems. One simple way is to locate the house with the largest glass area facing south. This captures the sun’s heat in the winter.
Photovoltaic panels, which are cheaper and more efficient than ever before, can also be used to generate electricity for use in the home and to feed surplus power back into the grid, for which power companies pay or credit you.
Finally, solar hot water panels produce hot water for domestic use, as well as to help heat the home.
Geothermal heating/cooling systems are becoming more popular with green home owners. These systems extract heat from the ground to heat the home in the winter and dump heat into the ground in the summer. This is a highly efficient system with low operating costs.
Wind energy is by far the largest source of sustainable energy in the US. In our area, using wind energy can sometimes be generated on site or purchased from the power company. To be effective, a wind turbine must be located in an area with relatively high and constant winds. Also, many towns have zoning restrictions that prevent the installation of a turbine at the necessary height, which is usually over 30 ft. in the air. If you have the right property, wind power can work for you.