Friday, June 10, 2011

Alternative Energy for Homes


-- Alternative Energy --

Today, we have a special treat lined up for you... this article on green energy alternatives for home applications comes from Katherine Tworsey of CompareElectricityRates.com

Five Ways to Generate Your Own Power At Home

With the high costs of energy today we all look for ways to cut our expenses. At home, energy costs are something, which can really add up over a year’s time. It isn’t like we can simply stop using electricity. A great part of our life at home involves the need for energy. Between computers, home entertainment games, television and our appliances, we are used to turning things on for just about everything we do.  The price of all our demands is felt when we get that monthly electricity bill. It is not likely, with the constant additions to electrical conveniences being made available to consumers, that we will decrease our usage of power in the future. Here are five possible alternatives to relying on the electrical company for your electric needs.
  1. Solar Energy. Harnessing the power of the sun to generate electricity has been around for years. There are kits you can purchase to install solar panels on your roof to utilize the daylight to generate electricity. If you intended on doing this with a great many panels, then it might be worth the cost to contract with a solar power company to install a complete solar power system. You may even be eligible for help from the government with the cost of this type of alternative. With the money you will save on your light bill, it can pay for itself over time.
  2. Wind.  If you live in an area where it is windy most of the year, then putting in a propeller driven generator in your backyard could be a good thing to consider. They are easy to obtain and erect on your property. The great thing is that, unlike solar power, they will work both day and night. When there is a storm that clouds the sky, they can still be turning due to possible high winds.
  3. Magnetic Generators. Magnets properly constructed can create a generator that doesn’t require help, from sunlight or air, in order to work. With the assistance of some accurate instructions for building a magnetic generator, you can create your own power at home, for reasonable investment costs.
  4. Hydro Power. This is an option for those who live near a river or stream. It would work on a constant basis, and the output of electricity would depend upon things like how fast the water is flowing.  Anywhere that you would have access to some type of moving water, would supply the means to supplement your home energy needs.
  5. Creative Generators. If you have the time, and are willing to do some experimenting, you could try generators that run off alternative types of fuel. If you use exercise equipment at home, it is possible to hook up these items to run a generator. Manpower might not work for a full time solution, but it could help in small ways. It is something  worth considering.
Although each suggestion might not work for every person in their own situation, they are worth reviewing to see which one might help with your own needs. You can also call your local electricity provider for their help in finding ways you can benefit from alternative energy sources.




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