Green living, begins at home… Henry David Thoreau (historian)
Most of the energy-based pollution we produce comes directly from our home -when we heat, cool or light. Unfortunately, all the things we love in modern life use a huge amount of fuel and send devastating amounts of pollutants into our atmosphere.
Keep asking ourselves “What can I do” is not a solution. Obviously, the problems is enormous, but we have a tremendous power in our hands to change it.
Renewable energy design, better insulation and efficient appliances could reduce our home energy demand by 60-80 percent.
The best news is that we have vast sources of renewable energy around us and the cheapest way is conservation.
Incorporating energy-saving technology into a new home construction could reduce consumption with 40 percent with a new, sophisticated and technologically savvy generation.
The quantity of energy the sun that reaches the earth is astounding. It has been estimated that the solar energy reaching the earth in a typical day can provide all the power the earth needs for a full year.
Photovoltaic (PV) energy is reliable and virtually maintenance free, does not produce gases and renewable as long as the sun keeps shinning and the most important, the power of sunshine can supply the home with electricity.
The sun typically delivers 1,000 watts per square meter measured at noon on clear day and at sea level ” full sun” . But based on altitude, dust, pollution, seasonal variations in the sun angle, humidity and ambient temperature , all influence how much solar energy a PV module really collects.
Simply, solar modules last a very long time. All solar modules now features 15 to 20 years warranty, reflecting the wide spread confidence in their longevity.
Before considering alternative sources for your energy needs, look for ways to reduce the demand. If your home is connected to the utility grid, implementing conservation and efficiency strategies means lower bills.
If you are building a new home or remodeling an exiting one, energy efficient appliance and building design will reduce renewable energy system expenses and lower or even eliminate your expenses.
Familiarize yourself with how much power your home uses and where your energy are being spent. Study a year of power bills. Try to determine how much energy is spent on lighting, air-conditioning, heating water, and other electrical loads.
Use ” Daylighting” – for cost free illumination during the day in dimly lit spaces. The recommendation is the installation of solar light tubes, a great new innovation that brings in sunlight a series of mirrors or reflective surfaces.
Skylights can work as well, but unless you using super- efficient glass, these can let in excessive heat in summer.
The better your home is sealed, a fewer energy you will spend heating it in winter and cooling in summer. The sealing air leaks – typically found around doors, windows, foundations and where utility conduits enter and exit the building.
Tightening up your house against air leakage is perhaps the greatest cost-effective improvement you can make to reduce energy use while improving home’s comfort.
A passive solar house supplies natural cooling and heating to condition your house without fuel or mechanical devices. The objective is to capture the sun’s energy within the structure and to slowly release that heat throughout the day.
Keeping our homes cool in summer such as channeling breezes through strategically placed windows, building fountains in a shaded courtyard to supply evaporative cooling and constructing home from brick and stone is a perfect way to absorb the sun’s energy during the heat of the day.
If heat overwhelms methods of insulation, proper building orientation, shading, employing thermal mass and cross ventilation, can effectively cool our homes.
More solar energy energy your home reflects, the cooler it will be. Dark roofs and walls retain heat- 70 to 90 percent of the sun’s radiant energy. Light-colored surfaces reflect sunlight and keep heat from being absorbed and transmitted to the rooms.
Landscaping is usually thought of in terms of improving a home appearance but when it comes to saving energy, landscaping is much more than about looks.
Proper landscaping can decrease a home’s energy needs all year long by blocking the summer sun, adding cooling breezes, and allowing solar warming in winter.
- Shading the area around the home will lower the ambient air temperature
- Shading the home itself with trees, shrubs and climbing plants
- Employing thick ground covers to decrease sunlight reflected into the house and lower the surrounding ground temperature.
Planting shaded areas surrounding the house it is the best passive cooling landscaping. As well it is important to shade the compressor of air conditioners as this improves performance and lower the noise of the unit.
Solar Water Heating
Solar hot water systems are dependable, reasonably priced and attractive. Free solar domestic hot water will let you shrink your energy consumption and give you freedom from fuel-based or electricity heating sources.
SDHW basically consist of solar collectors and a storage tank. High Quality and proper installed SDHW systems are energy efficient, long lived and dependable. Although they require a higher initial investment than conventional water heaters, they will dramatically reduce fuel or electricity consumption and can have a speedy payback of five to ten years.
“Green Living” Movement it is more and more in nowadays. By embracing conservation and renewable energy, we not only win energy independence but also make our lives more secure and help save the planet.
The indisputable fact is that if everyone began conserving today, we would see immediate results.
To Be Continued