Green Energy is the use of nature’s resources to generate clean and renewable energy. A green energy project can be used to generate energy to power your home. If you’re a home owner, you’ll find that it is a relatively economical way to save both your money and the environment.
When choosing your green energy project, you have to choose which is best suitable for the place in which you are living. For example, if you are living in a place with enough daylight for most parts of the year and your roof can hold solar panels, it is recommended that you choose a solar energy project. One advantage of solar panels is that as long as there is light, it just sits there and generates power continuously without giving any kind of exhaust. Solar power not only requires little maintenance but is also flexible, as when you need more power you can just add additional solar panel units and plug it in to your existing system. It may be costly to set it up at first, but the long term savings justify the initial cost.
Even if you think that solar energy is costly, there is still tons of other things that you can set up like wind power, geothermal heat pumps and radiant energy, but solar and wind are the most practical green energy projects for homes. People living in places where the wind blows very frequently or there is enough breeze for most parts of the year can opt for wind turbines which come in a range of sizes. This means that a vast range of people can use different wind turbines specific to their needs. After installing a wind turbine all that is left to do is perform general maintenance once in a while. Wind power is more suitable for non-urban areas, like the countryside for example.
As far as the space occupied by these wind turbines is concerned, they hardly take considerable space due to their height and you can use the space below the wind blades for other purposes, though they may prove to be a bit noisy at times.
Geothermal Heat Pumps are a relatively new technology and they use the natural heat storage capacity of the earth to provide energy-efficient space heating and cooling as well as water heating. The geothermal heat pump takes advantage of the ground to act as a heat source in winter and as a heat sink in summer. Installation of geothermal pumps requires some professional work and labor and so it is not necessarily a do-it-yourself type of project. Also the installation costs are high and it takes time, but the savings from this type of system for heating and cooling can range anything between $300 to $1500 annually.