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Alternative Energy: Going Green in Your Home

Updated on February 23, 2013

Ready to Embrace Alternative Forms of Energy in Your Home?

The world as we know it is heavily dependent on fossil fuels (e.g., oil, coal, etc.). However, there is a finite supply of these, and eventually - no matter how far away that day is - we will run out. Thus, we desperately need to employ alternative methods of producing energy (especially renewable resources) on a global basis as soon as possible. In the meantime, here are some thngs you can do in your own home that will not only decrease your reliance on fossil fuels, but also lower your electric bill and create a better environment.

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Photovoltaic Systems: Power Via Solar Panels

The sun is the most powerful source of energy available to us. Moreover, it's free and plentiful - a true renewable resource. Doesn't it make sense to harness that power as best we can? A photovoltaic system (PV) will help you do that.

The term "photovoltaic" refers to the ability to produce electricity through exposure to radiant energy, such as sunlight. Simply put, a PV system uses solar panels and various other components to convert sunlight into electricity. Using the most bountiful energy source on the planet, this can go a long ways towards cutting down your utility bills, as well as having a positive effect on the environment.

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Wind Turbines

Like sunlight, wind is another abundant energy source. In fact, in many places wind turbines are beginning to dominate landscape because of their ability to generate cheap, renewable energy. That said, there's no reason why you can't have a system like this supplementing your own need for electrical power.


Hydroelectric Power

Most people are well-aware of the hydroelectric power generated by places like Hoover Dam. It's another form of cheap, renewable energy.

That said, no one expects you to build your own Hoover Dam in order to get access to this form of power. However, there are micro-hydro generator kits that will allow you to take advantage of this resource and use it for electricity. (Needles to say, this option isn't going to be for everyone, but if you reside on a houseboat, for instance, or have running water near your home - stream, river, etc. - this is an option you may want to look at.)

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Get Your Kids Involved

As already mentioned, the fossil fuels that we currently depend on for our electrical needs won't last forever - certainly not at the current rate of consumption! Therefore, it's important to teach the next generation about alternative forms of energy. After all, it's going to be their world, so they should be fully aware of all the options they have available.

With that in mind, there are many fun ways to teach your kids about renewable forms of energy. That way, even if you don't push to have a greener home, you can teach your children to have a greener life.

Alternative Power and Green Energy Kits for Kids

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      thatick 4 years ago

      @PinkstonePictures: They definitely should! Check out my lens, I have a map of solar radiation density. Florida has much more than Germany or Netherlands, where solar panels are frequently used. I guess government incentives play crucial role here.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      It always surprises me why houses in florida don't have solar panels - it is the sunshine state after all. Thanks for the useful lens

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      Brian950 4 years ago

      @lovetolink: Alternative Green Energy

      âMany people do not realize that when you run a car or truck on gasoline of diesel fuel, you are actually running it on hydrogen. And all we are doing is using the hydrogen from water. And under the National Bureau of Standards figures shows that when you use water, the energy release is roughly two and a half times more powerful then that of gasoline. So water is a very powerful fuel.â Stan Meyers 1992

      Stanley Meyer was one of the most important inventors since Nicola Tesla. He was the first inventor to advance High Efficiency Electrolysis Technology to itâs perfection, including running a car completely on tap water. This is based on the original wet cell design that started it all (it is not the Hybrid Cell Design plans).

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      lovetolink 5 years ago

      The Snap Circuits Green Kit is on our gift list!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      right now, we are using heating oil and some fossil fuels. it`s about time to change to renewable energy.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      We all like green energy but as I have done a lot of articles on this subject i can say sometimes green is even more dirty than conventional. So we have to get some knowledge first.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      I just heard on the radio that here (Canada) there is a government study being launched to investigate the health impact of wind turbines. I hope there is no link becaue they sound great - but we won't know until the study is done.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Great lens and nice information. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2 and also on 7-ways-to-save-the-planet. Hugs

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The House I want to build is a Green House, Solar Powered, Geo-thermal Heating and Cooling, Solar Lighting and so forth. This is an Awesome Lens, Thanks for Sharing this Topic!!! ;D

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      envirocruit-renewableenergyjobs 5 years ago

      What do you think to Rio + 20 themes? According to a lot of people Rio 20 did not achieve anything except political grandstanding. No agreements, no way forward, and some key nations did not even turn up. Sure it creates a focal point for issues and gets awareness out there, and nations will proceed as they are, some championing these causes, some not. As far as I am aware a global consensus is non-existant. Can't wait until the next one when they all sit down to talk about what needs to happen, and the next, and the next. I think the whole approach may be wrong. A and B should simply be combined to say a 'Sustainable Global Economy' and definitions around it should include a 'transition' to a renewable energy global economy and maintenence of ecosystem function at a level to sustain human survial and wellbeing. For those interested in seeking a career in sustainable development, renewable energy or environment jobs pay a visit to a reliable and regularly updated source for finding green jobs across the globe from some of the leading employers around the world.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 5 years ago from Dubai

      Great ideas for a green planet. Informative and useful.

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      legalbite lm 5 years ago

      Another fantastic lens, with noteworthy information. It is such an important concern, but the cost of switching to âgreenerâ energy sources is still a big issue. In the UK we have a something called âRenewable Heat Incentiveâ which is basically a government grant that supposedly is to come in to effect soon, this is the quote on the .Gov website âThe RHI is the first of its kind in the world and provides long term support for renewable heat technologies like heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal panels. On 26 March 2012 Government reaffirmed commitment to driving the renewable heat agenda by announcing further support for the domestic sector under a second phase of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme (RHPP)â but this has still not come in to effect and I think we are a long way off from this having a real impact. What do your readers think about this sort of scheme? Again, great lens, always an interesting read from this lensmaster.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We sure seem to be behind on renewable alternative energy sources and the cost holds many back but in years to come I believe it will be more affordable and practical and we will be taking better advantage of renewable sources.

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      Good lens, good info!

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Not in my price range yet, but they will get there.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Some of the newer houses that are being built around here have solar panels incorporated into them - something I'll look for in my next house!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice highlight on a topic that is close to my heart! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very important topic and I appreciate that you took the time to do this lens.

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      nancyrowina 5 years ago

      My dads girlfriend has solar panels on her roof and is doing alright from them, but the government suddenly cut the amount you can make from them which sucked. But she mainly did it for the eco friendliness anyway. but it helps to have the cost of the things being installed paid back. I live ina rented flat so can't do it sadly.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      We went solar last year, but it wasn't easy and we still have electricity bills. Hopefully the technology will improve and government subsidies won't be necessary.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      We went solar last year, but it wasn't easy and we still have electricity bills. Hopefully the technology will improve and government subsidies won't be necessary.