Solar power is the most popular form of renewable energy in the market right now. Between Elon Musk’s stunts to promote Tesla’s solar panels and the growing demand for renewable energy, solar power is quickly becoming the go-to solution for home and business users alike.
However, installing solar panels on your roof isn’t the only way to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. There are actually more options you can now consider, and we are going to take a closer look at some of them in this article.
Home Wind Turbines
Wind turbines are traditionally gigantic, so it may be difficult to picture one designed for home use; who would want to have a towering turbine in their back yard? The newer iterations of wind turbines have changed that with smaller and more efficient turbines that are perfect for home use.
Wind energy offers a good return on investment (ROI). Aside from using the energy yourself, you can choose to install a grid-connected energy generation system for the purpose of reducing your energy bills. HVAC engineers in Chicago are already working together to achieve this with the Chicago Renewable Energy Challenge.
Solar Air Conditioning
Speaking of HVAC engineers, there are new ways to power your air conditioning system using solar power. The principles are very similar to how a solar-powered water heater works, but instead of producing hot water, the system produces cool air.
Yes, you read that correctly. Companies like CSIRO are developing ways to control the interior climate of the house using desiccant and evaporative cooling technologies. You are eliminating the need for fossil fuel-powered air conditioning entirely with this new system installed.
Hydropower is not a new source of renewable energy. Some of the largest dams in the country have been producing electricity for many years. That said, trying to generate energy using hydropower at home may not seem possible at all, even when your property is situated right next to a large stream.
Micro-hydropower is designed to change that. Using a combination of turbines and pumps, even a small stream can be converted into energy that can power the entire house. This is an approach worth considering if you live near water because both the ROI and efficiency level are quite high.
With the technologies available today, you don’t even have to rely on a single source of renewable energy to power the house and lower your energy bills. You can combine several wind turbines with solar shingles (or solar panels) using efficient power storage and a management system.
Many houses are already using this type of setup, and they start selling energy back to the grid thanks to the constant production. This means the system generates more than enough power to support the house and your entire energy consumption.
We are seeing more and more renewable energy options are coming to the market, particularly the home user segment. Look into these four ways we discussed in this article or explore other renewable energy options coming to the market to find the best one to use.