Easy Ways to Renewable Energy

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You have made significant changes to your lifestyle where energy consumption is concerned.  You have replaced your bulbs with compact fluorescent lights, traded bike for car and lessened energy consumption, to name a few of these changes.

Well, are you ready for a bigger change?  Yes, you can step up your energy conservation and, hence, environmental protection efforts through the use of renewable energy.  You need not worry too much about going about it full blast because you can take small but sure steps towards it. Here is how.

Switch to Green Main Grid Power

Many of the power providers in the country also offer renewable energy alternatives to consumers.  Said alternatives often include wind and solar energy although geothermal sources are also becoming more popular depending on the area.  You will pay more for the renewable energy alternative – for example, Sacramento residents pay 5 cents per kilowatt hour more for solar power – but the benefits to the environment in general should be well worth the price.

Install Active Solar Energy Systems

Now, if living off the grid, partially or totally, is your target, then we suggest installing solar cells in your home for an active solar power setup.  It will cost more in the short-term but the benefits over the long-term should pay off said costs.  However, we strongly suggest doing your research first especially where the factors of location, size of the solar cells, amount of power needed are concerned.

Make Passive Solar Work

You may also tap into passive solar for energy conservation.  Basically, your existing house is remodeled to take advantage of the sunlight to heat up your home in winter and cool it down in summer.  Think about window placement, door seals and tree planting in this case.  Keep in mind that there are many ways with which energy can escape through cracks and leaks in your home.

Go for Solar Hot Water

Instead of relying on electricity or gas to provide hot water to the faucets of the house, go for solar hot water instead.  Your showers, laundry machines and dishwashers will be provided with hot water almost the whole year round via either a direct or indirect circulation system depending on location.  The direct system cycles the water from the solar heater into the home while the indirect system uses a freeze-proof fluid to prevent icing of the water.  Of course, you will still have to consider installing a traditional hot water heater for days when the sun refuses to shine.

Start Smart

If you are in the process of building or buying a new home, you should ensure that renewable energy and energy conservation are in your plans.  Tips on this matter will include choose solar panels as roofing materials, position the house for maximum sun exposure, use organic insulation, design with passive solar heating in mind and utilize day lighting technology.

Think Smaller

Don’t think that you should start big to make a big impact.  Every little thing that we do in the interest of renewable energy when taken together makes for a big impact.  And so, if you cannot provide solar, wind and hydrothermal power for the whole house, then start with just one room or with just a few gadgets.

One small step from your household can mean one giant leap for renewable energy, to paraphrase Neil Armstrong.

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Comments

  1. Angel says:

    Good tips! :o) I would love to use solar energy….

  2. Thanks for the tips

    I guess if we all followed this old saying everything would be different:

    “Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children”

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