5 Popular Alternative Energy Sources for Homeowners

There are more and more reports coming out from scientists around the world that are saying global warming isn’t just a threat – it is a reality that we need to content with. They are also saying that if we don’t content with global warming and don’t take measures to curtail our energy usage, global warming could get exponentially worse. We may even see its affects in our own lifetime. This is the reason why it is so important to start thinking about alternative sources to power our homes – traditional air conditioning systems force millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Here are five popular alternative energy sources for homeowners.

  1. Wind. Many people underestimate the power of wind as a source of electricity and power. In fact, some advanced countries in Europe are powering wide swaths of populated townships using this amazingly abundant source of energy. Wind power is utilized by windmills that spin and generate energy currents. The only downside of this source of energy is that installing a windmill can be cumbersome and expensive. The upside is that if you have the room, a windmill can be a pretty sight to see outside your home.
  2. Solar. Using the sun as a source of infinite energy is becoming more and more popular. As solar panels are becoming less expensive and more ubiquitous, many homeowners are equipping their properties with solar panels. You can either install the panels on your home’s roof or you can install them on a separate plot of land – if you have the acreage. The best part about solar energy is that you can sell the surplus energy you don’t use back to your power company, so everyone wins.
  3. Water. This method isn’t quite as popular with homeowners, because it requires living by a large body of water or creating one, but water can be a huge source of alternative energy. In fact, it is called hydroelectricity and it is created when water enters specially designed turbines that spark up an electrical reaction or current. By hooking your home up to this source of power, you could essentially have a never-ending stream of electricity.
  4. Geothermal. This source of energy comes from the center of the earth. Yes, it seems farfetched, but if you think about it, it actually makes sense. You’ve heard of volcanoes and hot springs – well, geothermal energy takes some of the same concepts. To harness this source of energy, you literally drill into the earth and send a conductor down to retrieve it. One of the only¬†geothermal disadvantages is that it can be expensive to install and set up.
  5. Go natural. Another alternative source of energy is to go natural. If you live in a rather tepid environment, you could utilize the power of your home’s natural ability to insulate. If it is too warm inside your home, just open a window for a cooling breeze. If you experience warm days and cold nights, just close your windows in the evening to trap the heat in. In the end, this is the most sustainable method.

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