Energy Savings Out Of Thin Air: 4 Tips To Supplement Solar Panels With Wind And Other Renewable Energies
Energy costs are constantly on the rise and you seem to be paying more for utilities. The installation of home solar panel arrays is becoming popular to control costs. If you have invested in one of these small solar panel systems to supplement your electricity needs, it is probably not enough. Here are a few tips to supplement your solar panel array to rely less on the utility company:
1. HVAC Improvements with Renewable Energy to Reduce Costs
Start with your energy improvements in areas that use the most resources. The heating and cooling in your home can be improved in many ways with renewable energy. For heating, some of the options for renewable energy include:
- Solar water heaters
- Geothermal HVAC
- Biomass Fuels
The improvements to cut heating costs are a little easier than with air conditioning. The air conditioner in your home can be more energy efficient with geothermal systems, smart thermostat controls, and responsible use.
2. Adding Wind Power to Supplement a Small Solar Panel Array
Many people concentrate on solar energy and overlook the possibilities with wind energy. The reason why most homeowners do not consider using the wind is that they think turbines must be giant and conspicuous additions to their homes. Today, personal wind turbines have compact designs that can be installed in more inconspicuous locations. There are also vertical wind turbine designs that are smaller and less visually obstructing than conventional turbines. Consider a modern compact wind turbine to supplement your solar panels when the sun is not shining.
3. Thermal Mass and Passive Heating and Cooling to Reduce Energy Needs
The insulation of your home provides thermal mass to keep energy in your home and prevent loss. There are many ways to add to the thermal mass of your home. Some of the options for improving thermal mass include:
- Adding insulation to the attic and other areas
- Green, living exterior with soil and plants
- Wider exterior walls with more insulating materials
In addition to adding thermal mass to your home, passive heating and cooling is another improvement that will help you save energy. Larger windows and sunrooms will help with heating your home, while natural ventilation will provide cooling.
These are some tips that will reduce your dependence on the utility company and use your own renewable energy. Contact a heating and air conditioning repair service to help with these improvements to make your home a little more energy independent.