Renewable Energy Tips
for Your Home

Today, there are many ways to add renewable energy to your home.  Adding renewable energy can save you a lot of money on your utility bills every month.  You can add solar energy or you can also add wind energy, and if you add both, you will save even more.  This savings is not only good for you but it is good for our earth as it will reduce the use of our natural resources to create the power that we need to live.

Many people use a combination of wind and solar power to create their own power.  Each has its own advantages, and you should consider them carefully as you start investing in renewable energy options for your home and your life style.

For instance, in many areas of the world, summer is the best time for solar energy creation, but in the winter, wind will produce more power than the sun which is lower in the sky and not above the horizon for as many hours every day.  This is why a combination of both solar and wind is the best option.  It gives you the advantages of both systems when they work the best.  And, of course, solar NEVER generates power during the nighttime hours, but many times, the wind continues to blow.  So you will almost always get either one or both creating power for your home.

Where you put your solar and wind renewable energy generators is important.

A windmill is pretty large (the blades can be 10 feet across, and should be 20 feet or so above the ground) so it will need a fair amount of space in which to turn, and a fair amount of wind to keep it turning, so a clear path for the wind will make the system work that much better.

Though they can be placed in racks set in the ground, solar panels that create electricity are usually put on the roof of the home – but, for the most efficient use of the sun, it should be a South facing roof (in the Northern Hemisphere – North facing in the Southern Hemisphere) at an angle to the horizontal equal to your latitude... about 25 - 45 degrees in the continental US.  The more space you have available for solar panels, the more power you will generate.  You can expect approximately 20 watts of electricity from each square foot of solar collecting cells.  So, for example, if you are able to install a 10’ x 20’ solar array (collection of solar panels) you could expect to generate about 4000 watts of power, enough to power 40, 100 watt light bulbs – as long as the sun was shining on your solar array.

(Of course, if you use compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs, you will save much, much more.  What is interesting is that replacing your regular incandescent bulbs with energy saving compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs is one of the quickest ways you can start saving money on your electric bills since they usually consume about ¼ to 1/3 of the power that regular incandescent bulbs do – and LED bulbs consume even less power!)

There are many good books on building your own solar and wind systems to reduce your power consumption from your local power authorities. By all means examine these in depth resources - you’ll be glad you did.

And our 110+ Energy Saving at Home Tips will give you a great start with both small and large ways for you to save energy and save money. As always, good for you, good for the planet!

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