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How Smart Is Your Home?

Renewable energy methods are becoming more accessible for home use.

These can be used to power up electrical needs, and although an upfront investment they can allow liberation from high electricity bills and save money over time.

There are several smart energy options that can be installed and used alone or in combination with already existing electrical supplies. The summaries below provide a brief overview of how smart energy systems can reduce consumption.

Solar power can be an economical and dependable choice. Panels can be added to increase power and placed with virtually no obstructions to surrounding landscapes.

Wind power is another efficient way to create natural energy. In addition to operating electrical needs it can also be utilized in other places, like for propelling water to needed areas.

Hybrid systems use collective power from sources like solar and wind. This poses a more consistent energy source as it is more readily available.

How Smart Is Your Home?

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Microhydropower systems might be a good choice for property that includes a source of outdoor running water. Combined with a pump, turbine or waterwheel, the running water produces energy which can be changed into electricity. Depending on the force of water, these can produce around 100 kilowatts of voltage and using a 10 kilowatt model can produce the energy required for an entire home or even larger applications.

How Smart Is Your Home?

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Consider what your household’s electrical requirements are in order to choose the best energy source. Examining current usage and future needs will help make decisions as to which option is right for your home. Look into what systems are offered in your area along with the costs associated with installation.

Also, researching what it takes to upkeep power sources beforehand is useful. Keep in mind that there may be specific codes and guidelines for connecting and running home renewable energy methods, so a check with local energy organizations or housing covenants is needed.

Trying to make your house more efficient is a practical approach to saving electricity, but it also has a larger effect. Doing what you can on the home front ripples into a larger communal effect. Things that may seem as small as recycling to loftier endeavors like using renewable energy all make an impact on the immediate and widespread environment.

Source:
Planning for Home Renewable Energy Systems. August 29, 2012. Retrieved  from: Energy.gov

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