The fossil fuel industry may dominate now, but the alternative energy phenomenon is on the rise. No longer is carbon-generated electricity the only way to heat your home or keep the lights on. Other methods can keep the energy flowing while having a softer impact on the environment. They make use of what are described as free sources of energy that don’t require drills or expensive refining technology. Let’s take a look at alternative energy products available in the United States.
Solar is probably the most popular form of alternative energy on the market. In Colorado, for instance, Denver solar installers have been busy building systems throughout the metropolitan area as homeowners have chosen to invest in alternative energy.
In short, solar panels are used by home owners and businesses to take in sunlight and convert it into energy that powers the home. Free sunlight is used to provide power for lights and everything else that requires electricity.
The average cost of an array in Denver averages just under $17,000, according to Solar-Estimate.org. As said before, there are incentives to temper the financial sting of lessening one’s dependence on the grid. For instance, Denver solar installers will show the way to take advantage of tax breaks and there are incentives from the electricity provider per watt produced by the panels, at least in Denver.
There is also a concept known as net metering. In short, it says your solar system is an energy producer when sunlight is plentiful. So, the sun provides energy to power your home and any extra gets sent back into the grid. That extra energy turns into a credit at the power company so when the sunlight is not as plentiful households will use energy off the grid, which is paid for because of that net metering.
Other incentives make solar a good option, but depending on where you live it might take a little research. Not all states have solar tax incentives and federal incentive (yes, they are still available!) will be lowered in the near future.
Where solar power is a homeowner to homeowner decision, wind power is seen as a community to community use of alternative energy. Turbines connected to windmills convert wind energy into electricity in quantities large enough to power cities and towns. There are wind power systems aimed at homeowners, but they are expensive. Wind power systems on a large scale, however, are coming down in price and wind power is seen as the one of the more promising technologies when it comes to alternative energy.
Other Alternative Energies
Nature provides other phenomena that provide predictable forms of energy. There’s hydro power generated off the tides of oceans. Other alternative energy can be derived from the ground through geothermal activity. Think of harnessing the energy from volcanic activity in a place like Iceland.
Alternative Energy Possibilities for Your Home and Beyond
Nature provides alternative forms of energy that technologies can harness. This technology can be set up at home — think solar panels — or be used on a much larger scale.