Renewable Energy For The Home

Written by Courtney Salinas
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We depend heavily on fossil fuels. We rely on them for transportation and comfort, to keep our food cold and to heat it up. Yet fossil fuels are a non-renewable energy that one day will dry up. If we don't take the time to learn about renewable energies we can use in our homes, one day we may be left without any way to power our homes and our lives. There are so many renewable energies available for use in the home. Anyone who is inclined to use them has many options at their disposal.

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy is energy in the form of heat extracted from the ground. The Earth's crust has an endless supply of heat that it absorbs from the sun that we can draw on over and over again to heat and cool our homes. A geothermal system can be installed in many homes and businesses. Geothermal energy can also be drawn from underground reservoirs of heated water, which, when converted to steam, can power turbines to generate electricity.

Solar Energy

Solar energy is harnessed power from the Sun. Solar panels "collect" the Sun's energy and then use that energy to generate electricity or heat water. Solar panels have been used to power traffic signals and even car prototypes. Small solar panels can be purchased to help power a home, but need to be positioned correctly in order to have maximum sun exposure.

Wind Energy

Wind energy is harnessed wind power converted into electricity. Power companies take advantage of this endless energy source by erecting giant fields of massive windmills. There are home wind energy kits available to the public as well.

Hydropower Energy

Hydropower energy is much like wind energy. There's very little a household or a business could do to harness such an awesome energy unless they are located next to a water source. Power companies, though, have access to hydropower.


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