Alternative Energy For The Home

Written by Courtney Salinas
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The typical method of using a city's electrical grid to power one's home may be the simplest method of bringing power into the home, but it is also an expensive and, ultimately, environmentally damaging method of power consumption. Fortunately, several alternatives exist to traditional electric power. Solar, wind, and hydropower are all viable energy alternatives. Even more fortunately for us, these methods of powering one's home are becoming easier and easier to install all the time.

Alternative Power Sources

Solar power is the most commonly known form of alternative power. Solar energy is harnessed by solar panels that are typically installed on the roof of a home. These solar panels can be used to power an entire home, even storing up energy so that the home has access to electricity at night.

Wind power is often harnessed by wind turbines, which can be installed in one's own backyard. These turbines are spun by wind currents and deliver electricity directly to the home. Unfortunately, these wind turbines are typically only usable by those who live on large plots of land and in more rural areas. If you don't live in a very windy area, then a wind turbine may not work as well for you.

It is also now possible to own your own water turbine. These machines are great for people who live near bodies of running water. Water turbines can be placed in rivers or streams. Running water powers a water turbine in the same way that a hydro-electric power plant is powered by a river. Water turbines deliver this electricity to the home in much the same way that solar panels and wind turbines make their deliveries.

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