The way we consume energy is changing. We are already searching for alternative fuel sources. Many homes and companies are already fitting renewable energy mechanisms. Our reliance on traditional electricity is slowly coming to an end. The effects of global warming are now beyond dispute. We know that fossil fuels harm our planet and we need an alternative. In addition to that, they are running out. We cannot use them forever.
The change is coming from big businesses, new forms of transport and governments. They are enforcing rules and abiding to new regulations. It will slowly change the way we live. However, there are small things we can all do at home too. It’s often difficult to see how we can make a difference on such a small scale. However, every little helps. Especially if everyone starts chipping in. So what do you need to know to make the switch to renewable energy in the home?
Your current energy usage
Before you install a renewable energy system, you need to know how much your home consumes. Each renewable energy mechanism comes in different sizes and powers. You need to find one that can cope with the day to day consumption of your property. The best way to do this is to conduct a load analysis and calculate your current costs. This will also highlight any areas where you are overusing electricity. It will show you where you are leaving appliances on for too long, or misusing the energy. Find out where you can cut back and you may be able to afford a smaller renewable system.
Codes and regulations
The installment of renewable energy sources in the home is subject to a strict set of codes. These rules and regulations differ from state to state and country to country. Speak to your local authority and builders about what this entails for your area. Every new installation is subject to electrical inspections and building codes. It must comply to all usual planning regulations. It’s a complex business and best left in the hands of professionals.
What type of system should I use?
There are a number of different solutions for the home. A standalone system is one that relies solely on the renewable energy source to power the home. On the other hand, you can sometimes remain connected to the grid. In this case you can sell back any excess electricity you generate to the energy companies. In the case that you don’t produce enough from your system, you can top it up from the grid.
When it comes to deciding which energy system is best, it depends on your area. Solar panels, wind turbines and biomass generators are amongst the most popular choices. Do plenty of research and read some solid advice on choosing solar panels. In many cases a hybrid solar/wind system will be the most efficient system. It will make use of the sun in the summer, but the wind turbine will be more effective in winter.
Installing renewable energy systems into your home is a really forward-thinking plan. You would be wise to consider it. They will save you money on monthly energy bills and you are contributing to the planet’s well being.
This article was provided by The Wigley Family Blog