With the increasing price of fossil fuels and other finite power sources, the cost of heating our homes and keeping our appliances running is getting higher every year. One way we can reduce our energy costs long-term, and save the environment at the same time, is to switch to renewable energy sources. Here are some the ways that renewable energy sources can power your home, and may also increase its value.
Green Power Companies: These companies offer electrical power from renewable sources such as wind, the sun, and water. There are a number of green power supply companies, and many can provide you with green power at a fairly reasonable cost.
Solar Panels: Installing your own solar panels may seem like a time consuming and costly project, but it can save you a fortune in the long term. There are also a number of government subsidies and tax credits that may make installation worthwhile.
Geothermal Heating: This type of heating allows you to warm and cool your home through the floors by using the natural heat of the earth. It requires the installation of special equipment, but the luxury of heated floors and the savings of up to 70% on your heating and cooling bills make the cost well worth it-especially if you are replacing an already existing system.
Wind Turbines: If you own property that has a considerable amount of land, or you are in the market for a larger property, you may want to consider installing a small wind turbine. Though the initial investment may seem costly, the long-term saving in your electricity bill may be considerable.