Most people think that going green or incorporating green power in their houses will require a lot of effort and money. Well, there are alternative power sources that require more effort than others but most of them are easy to include in your homes. The cost on the other hand is never too expensive because at the rate that other energy sources become pricey, like gas, propane, oil, electricity, green generation will always turn out to be much cheaper in the long run.
Before you can start though, you need to know a lot of information about solar thermal collectors, ground source heat pumps, solar power, wind power, amount of sun you get in your place, amount of wind and of course the cost of each alternative power source. Here's how to determine the amount of money you'll need to spend to go green.
- The first thing to consider is to incorporate a ground source or geothermal heat pump system like having a heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) heat pump system. This is of course for your house's heating or air conditioning system. This source of green electricity has an efficiency of 300%. Now this is probably where the majority of your electric bill comes from because you usually need to ventilate your house to a certain temperature to make it comfortable. Once you go for the ground source heat pump system, you will be able to save so much money for every month that you will need to ventilate your house 24/7.
- Next on your list would either be a wind power or a solar power. If your location receives too much rain, then solar power would be out of the list. Wind power though is quite expensive – around $50,000 for each turbine – and has other problems like noise, unsightliness and cause of death of flying animals like bats and birds. Also, this kind of green power will need a lot of space and a lot of wind to become economical. And if you have the space and the right amount of wind, plus you can deal with the accompanying problems of this alternative power, green wind can be a very clean, cheap and good alternative to electricity power.
- If your site receives a fair amount of heat, you can opt to install some solar thermal collectors on your roof for your family's daily needs like hot water and other heating activities. This again will save you a lot of cash because heating requires a lot of electric power.
These are just some ways to replace electric power with green power. But then, you also have to consider the type of appliances that you use. You might be going for green electricity but if your appliances are not energy efficient, it would be a futile attempt to save up energy and money. So, be sure to install appliances, which have high efficiency rates. If you can replace appliances, which consume too much or have low efficiency, then do so. If it is too expensive for you, you can just do that with your lights. If you change at least five of your most often used bulbs in your house to compact fluorescent light bulbs, you will be able to save more than $100 every year.