Did you know that renewable energy can save you money? Renewable energy is energy that comes from resources that will naturally renew or replenish themselves. Great examples of different renewable energies are the sun, wind and running water that are all readily available for us. In an off-grid system which is one that is not connected to the grid for the reason that the homeowner wants to remain free from the utility company. In a grid-connected system, people use renewable energy to reduce the amount of conventional power they use.
- Harness the wind in Rural Areas, if you live in a windy area, you can pull energy out of the air. According to the Department of Energy if you have ideal location, wind power could lower your electric and utility bills up to 50% to 90%. However if you live in a remote area, there are other advantages for you as well. You don’t have to worry about the high costs of extending power lines to you location. Then if you live on a farm it can help you pump your water
- Consider Running water in Hilly Areas, these systems can generate up to 10x the electricity that is needed to power a large home. Running water also referred to as hydro power is the key source behind this. As with alternative energy systems you should always make sure that you check for zoning and permit requirements.
- Use the Sun in Hotter Climate, Solar photovoltaic or PV systems, use both the direct and scattered sunlight to make your home or business electricity. After contacting a solar company to come to your home or business and do a site assessment. You should have your roof measured so that the total cost can be determined. While measuring your roof they will also check to see the orientation and the tilt you will need and what permits you’ll need if any. The Department of Energy say that the Southwest receives the most sunlight in the nation.
- Think Hybrid for any Seasonal Areas, if you were living in part of the country where both the sun and wind are inconsistent, hybrid is a great alternative resource. If in the summer, when the sun is bright and the winds are low. You can use your solar system. Then if in the winter, when the sun is less consistent and the winds are strong you can use your turbine system. Finally during the spring and fall, you can use solar power during the day and wind power at night and batteries or generator when neither the sun or wind is available.