When powering your home we often use the local power grid, however we rarely think about where that energy comes from. There are plenty of ways to save money, power and to be as ecologically-friendly as possible. We have covered some tips on how you can switch to another, alternate power source which will improve your life and possibly make you self-sufficient as you disconnect yourself from the local power grid.
1. Switch to green energy
The most logical thing to do in this case is to contact your service provider and to ask for information pertaining such options. Companies across the world are slowly adopting green energy such as wind power and solar power. The prices may vary since a lot of companies will charge you some for working with an alternate power source. Make sure you research what options your company has available before working on the task yourself.
2. Solar power
Solar power can split into two categories – active and passive. Solar cells are what makes active power which absorb and store the energies of the sun for later use or as a backup or supplemental system for your standard power grid. Passive solar systems are actually a way of heating and lighting up your home through the clever use of mirrors and positioning of the roofs and walls of the house without the use of collectors. Before you decide to setup your own solar power array make sure you are aware of what the rules for your city or town may be since this will be the determining factor for setting them up.
3. Solar hot water
While you are at it why not use the rays of the sun to heat up your own water? This has been done for thousands of years in one form or another and today you have the chance to do the same by installing your own solar hot water system. If the temperatures allow it you can work with a circulation system for a more efficient water supply and if that is a problem you can always go with a passive solar heater. Whatever the case though you should always consider having a backup water heater that works on electricity in case the sun is hidden by clouds on rainy days.
4. Harness wind power
Depending on the nature of your home and its location you could use the strong currents in your area to food power to your home. Although this is a less than ideal variant it still works great as it is proven by people living in the Mongolian steppes and other windy places where wind power is used excessively today. Depending on the winds you could cut down your power bill to more than 80% so consider this as well as an alternate source.
5. Hydro power
If you are lucky enough to have water running through your property such as a creek, stream or a river then you have the perfect source of energy right there, though that largely depends on the speed and magnitude of the water flow. There are systems you can use to do exactly that and in the worst case scenario you’ll at least be able to power up a room or two or have the system act as a backup or a supplement to your conventional power grid.
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