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Eco-Friendly Technologies For The Home
There is so much to consider when you set up a home and care about the environment. Not only do you have to think about the environmental impact of the building, but also the impact of renovating an older home to make it more eco-friendly. Is the cost worth it? Is the impact on the environment worth it? Do enough products exist to make it worthwhile?
=> Benefits of Making Your Home as Eco-Friendly as Possible
Whether you have an older home or you’re getting ready to build a new one, there are many benefits to making your home as eco-friendly as possible. Let’s go over some of them, and then we’ll get into more detail about how to make it happen and why.
You’ll Leave a Smaller Carbon Footprint on Your Environment
One of the first things to consider is how you can make your carbon footprint smaller. Your carbon footprint is really the damage your existence causes to the environment. All of us damage it, even if we try not to. However, if you actively seek to make your home more eco-friendly, you can help make your carbon footprint much smaller.
You’ll Save Water
When you do something as simple as install water-saving shower heads that reduce water use - yet make you seem like you have the best water pressure, you can save as much as one-third of the water you would normally use. This is not only good for the environment but also good for your bank account.
Your Environment Inside Will Be Healthier
When you seek to purchase and use eco-friendly products, you’ll find out that they tend to pollute your environment less. They will be much less likely to off-gas and cause problems in your environment. Plus, a lot of the eco-friendly products have lower maintenance costs and your home will be safer due to having fewer throwaway products.
Increase Your Property Values
If you plan to resell, it’s important to upgrade your house with the newest eco-friendly appliances, windows, toilets, shower heads and more. For example, an on-demand water heater saves tons of money, but it’s also a selling point that you never run out of hot water. Most buyers will be looking for energy efficiency, and if you have it and the neighbor doesn’t, your house will sell faster.
These are all good reasons to outfit your house with the newer eco-friendly technologies. You may have to put out some money to fix up your home or to build a new energy-efficient home, but in the end, it’ll be worth it to you and to anyone who might want to buy your home in the future.
Let’s look at some specific renewable energy options for your home that might help you.
=> Renewable Energy Options for Your Home
Whether you're contemplating going off the grid from electrical utilities or just trying to supplement your electrical supply to reduce your bill, you will likely be looking into either solar or renewable wind energy for your source of power.
Solar panels combined with batteries is the green renewable energy option for the home. Wind power is also possible while not yet as popular an option for individual consumers. A wind generator will require a homestead that is on enough land. But windmills can be reasonably priced.
The first thing most people think of when considering eco-friendly energy for their home is solar or wind. However, you may also have an option to use geothermal energy in your home. Using hot water and steam from underground to generate electricity is a safe way to do it. You can even add it to an existing home, but you may have to replace your furnace with a geothermal system.
Generate Electricity and Store It for Later
Recreational vehicle (RV) owners have been aware of the usefulness of solar storage systems for some time. Many of them are rapidly adding solar panels to their roofs so they may "boondock" for extended periods.
This means that they camp without plugging into any additional power, meaning that they can camp for much longer than they used to. These RVs have an advantage in that that their lighting systems may be a 12V DC system, which would allow the owners to power their lights without the need for using a power-robbing 110V inverter.
A Home Owner Has Options with Storage Capacity
Homeowners can use as large of a powerwall battery system as they are willing to pay for. Powerwall batteries come in all sizes and prices and are available from some manufacturers such as Goal Zero, AED Land, Schneider, Somerset, and Tesla.
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
Some battery types were designed for short power outage situations. They will give you something like the service from a portable generator and will be relatively cheap, like the Goal Zero Yeti 1400. Others are intended for actual off the grid residential power service and as you would expect will cost considerably more.
These powerwalls are made up of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, with some using active cooling. The Tesla powerwalls costs $6,700, and installation will not be cheap; estimates range from $2000 to $8000.