Caring for the environment is our responsibility. Thus, it is our duty to part ways from actions that can damage it. Simultaneously, we need to adopt greener ways of living by making minor changes to our homes and lifestyle. Shifting to renewable energy to power your home and letting go of electricity produced by burning fuels is one way of adopting a greener lifestyle.
Currently, coal-powered electricity makes up a large part of the pie representing the world’s energy mix. In comparison, renewable energy sources are still lagging. The excessive use of coal is alarming when climate change is one of the most significant threats the world expects to face in the coming years.
If we continued with our ecologically harmful activities, we would face more natural calamities like floods, tsunamis, wildfires, storms, and much more. Therefore, it is high time to shift to renewable energy. It is clean and produced by natural resources. There are multiple renewable energy resources that you can include in your domestic energy mix and eventually abandon your dependence on fossil fuels.
1. Power your house with solar energy panels
Solar energy is one of the cleanest forms of renewable energy. You can install solar panels on your roof or on the ground to generate electricity to power your house. Nowadays, solar panel companies are installing highly efficient panels and supporting systems that effectively capture solar energy. The electricity generated by these panels promotes sustainable living as it does not produce any deadly emissions.
By using solar power, you are not leaving carbon footprints of your activities. Instead, you are using clean water and harnessing the abundant energy of the sun. Solar energy is also one of the cheapest forms of renewable energy, which does not need any non-renewable resources such as coal or petroleum.
During sunny days you can generate more power and electricity. Interestingly, however, these panels can generate electricity during less sunny days as well. The surplus electricity is stored in batteries that you can use during the night.
The use of solar energy as an alternative power source ensures your contribution to keeping the planet sustainable and liveable for future generations by combating climate change.
2. Use wind turbines to generate electricity for domestic use
Another form of renewable energy is wind energy. Primarily it involves capturing the power of the wind to energize your house. Similar to solar energy, it is a pollution-free energy source that does not need any fossil fuels. Hence there are no greenhouse emissions.
It is common to see wind turbines in large forms and wide-open spaces. The demand for alternative energy is snowballing due to greater awareness about the detrimental impacts of conventional energy sources on the environment. As a result, smaller wind turbines are also available in the market.
The wind powers these turbines, which can be installed on top of buildings or on the ground, to produce electricity. According to the Energy Saving Trust 5kW pole-mounted turbine can save $280 from your electricity bill per year.
Such wind turbines can produce enough energy to power lights, fans, and other smaller appliances in the house. So if you want to reduce your dependence on conventional electricity, powering your home with wind energy is a good option.
3. Use air source heat pumps to heat your water
Another renewable energy system is the air source heat pump. Such heat pumps use heat from natural, external sources to heat water or provide warmth within your surroundings. This renewable way of heating water at home does not produce noise pollution as they don’t require the combustion of fuels.
Air source heating systems also allow you to save up to $490 a year on heating bills. It reduces your dependence on conventional electrical heating systems that use a lot of electricity.
They are even cheaper to run than the gas and oil boilers as well. Modern gas boilers are 90% efficient, while electrical boilers are 100% efficient for heating output. When compared to an air source heat pump, the latter has three to four times more efficiency.
They are an excellent way of generating heat throughout the year and not just in summers. Even in cold areas, the pump works by capturing any heat it gets from external sources.
4. Generate electricity through hydropower
Hydropower requires an elevated water source. The water needs to fall from a great height with immense pressure to turn the hydro turbines. Hence, this practice is not very common. Still, suppose you have a water source nearby with at least a one-meter drop. In that case, you can use the water pressure to generate electricity for an average-sized house.
Hydropower is sustainable and does not create any emissions or pollution. Unlike the other two resources (solar and wind), hydropower offers a consistent and stable flow of electricity, meaning that there won’t be fluctuations or power breakdowns.
Climate change is real, and it is about time we learned a thing or two from past mistakes. We can start with our homes. Adopting the use of non-renewable energy sources in our lives can be a major step to combat pollution and global warming. With these changes mentioned above, you can make your contribution to preserving nature and saving this planet for future generations.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.