More and more homeowners are sick of the high cost of their energy bills and looking for a more affordable alternative. At the same time, the ever present threat of climate change has them looking at green energy and how to incorporate into their homes and businesses. While we want to move away from fossil fuels, renewable energy still has to be affordable. Converting your home to green energy is a big project, let’s explore whether that is worth it or not.
What is Green Energy?
Green energy simply comes from naturally occurring sources such as the sun, wind, water and the heat of the earth. Unlike fossil fuels these sources are renewable and they aren’t as dangerous to our environment as drilling for oil or fracking. It uses sources that are readily available in nature and it can be used to replace things like oil or coal when generating electricity. However there are a couple of different types of green energy that can be adapted to your home let’s explore.
The most common way to adapt your home to green energy is by adding solar panels to the roof. This relies on sunlight that can be collected in a couple of different ways. Solar has been around for decades but it was largely ignored as heating and running our homes was cheap using conventional means. Now solar has dropped significantly in price along with the technology being vastly improved it is starting to realize its potential. More people are concerned with their carbon footprint and looking for a better alternative than what is currently offered. The government has even jumped aboard the solar train and offers tax incentives to home owners that are willing to convert their homes.
People have been using wind power for years on a small scale but in recent years there is more interest in harnessing wind power on a mass scale. Wind power has huge potential and it has the capacity to meet the current and future energy demands. However, when it comes to applying wind power directly to your home you may find solar easier to install.
Hydroelectric energy is generated from moving water. It is widely used by several big electricity providers all over North America, but it is not as renewable as wind or power and building the dams required can impact the environment. On the other hand there are projects being built now that will harness the tides in the ocean to provide power, but it will be ages before that makes it to your home.
Geothermal energy takes energy from the earth in the form of heat. It is abundantly available and it is being used to heat homes all over the Northern US states and across Canada. It is capable of replacing oil, electricity and natural gas for heating your home and can drastically reduce our dependence on the fossil fuel industry. It is still relatively new albeit growing in popularity.
The demand for renewable energy sources grows constantly but as a homeowner if you want to reduce your carbon footprint and find a better energy source then solar is probably the easiest. You can contact a roofing contractor that specializes in solar to see what they offer and most are pretty up to date on any current tax rebates available to you.