Contrary to popular belief, harnessing green energy is not as difficult as it used to be. Sure, a decade or two ago, installing a residential green energy system was inconvenient and not very cost-effective. First, the technology was too expensive for most households, and second, maintenance costs were high. But today, things are entirely different.
Green energy is a lot cheaper to implement in residential homes, and not only the solar variety. Households can now choose from several green energy systems, from solar to wind power and many other ones. So, let’s take a closer look at some of the most popular residential green energy solutions, and how your household can benefit from them.
When there is talk about wind turbines, most people imagine those tall industrial ones in the open fields of the Netherlands. While this is their most common use, wind turbines can be easily applied on a smaller scale.
Residential wind turbines are much smaller in both size and power. However, they do produce enough energy for a regular-sized household. You don’t need a ten story high turbine to meet your needs. If you live in an area that has enough wind, you can create enough energy for your household even with a small wind turbine.
Furthermore, wind turbines are some of the cleanest energy solutions. With a small residential turbine, you can expect to return the investment and start getting absolutely free energy within six years.
Solar roof tiles
Solar power is the most widespread type of renewable energy, solar panels being the post popular. However, today, we will talk about the more modern, better looking, and most importantly, greener solar power solution called solar roof tiles or solar shingles.
Instead of mounting those large and bulky solar panels, more and more households are going for the stylish solar shingles. They act both as a roof tile, offering protection from the weather, and as a solar tile, absorbing solar power and transforming it into energy.
Some studies show that solar roof tiles can cut your energy bill by 40-60%. Additionally, if you install the Tesla Powerwall system, you can store generated energy and use it when your solar shingles are not producing it.
A hybrid system
Hybrid systems are a combination of solar and wind energy. This option is perfect for people that live in temperate climate areas. In these areas, seasons are usually more distinct. So, the idea is to use solar panels during the sunny summer days, and wind turbines during the windy autumn and winter seasons. Of course, hybrid systems are the most expensive green energy solution. However, if you want to go completely off the grid, then this is the best way to do it.
Finally, even though these systems are quite reliable, some malfunctions can happen. So, if you run out of power, it doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with your green energy system. In most cases, switches and wires cause problems. Therefore, you should first call an emergency 24-hour electrician. If they clear your house and you still don’t have the power, then it’s time to call specialists to check your hybrid system.
A hydropower system
Hydropower is the cheapest, most reliable and entirely clean energy source. However, if you want to harness the power of water, you will first have to have a flowing water source near your home. Even though the vast majority of households aren’t in this situation, the ones that are should definitely make use of it.
With a small hydro generator and a flowing water source, you can power your home with ease. This is an age-old system, which was first used all the way back in the era of watermills. There are virtually no maintenance costs, and as long as the water is running, you will have a clean and stable energy source.
As you can see, renewable energy sources are more widespread than they were a decade ago. All of these solutions are excellent ways to get green electricity in your home. However, whether you should go solar or wind power ultimately comes down to your climate and location.