Solar Power and Geothermal Systems Can Save You Money
...as well as save the environment!
Pro Home Manager: By Rubi Fingeret
Reduce your dependence on fossil fuels for your household energy needs and consider using solar power or geothermal power systems. They provide the cleanest, most energy efficient energy sources that are domestically available. They are renewable energy sources that that will save you money and won’t harm our environment.

Solar power systems use roof panels that can be incorporated into new construction or retrofitted into existing homes. Solar thermal power concentrates the sun’s energy to provide electricity for your home by using high efficiency vacuum tubes. Solar photovoltaics uses solar cells to convert the sun’s energy into power for your home. These systems provide significant energy cost savings while reducing your emission of greenhouse gases.

Geothermal systems are electrically powered heat pumps that use the earth’s temperature to heat and cool your home. The most commonly used system has a closed loop system that circulates water or antifreeze through underground pipes to draw heat from the earth and through the system into your home. The natural heat is increased by refrigeration compression cycle within the heat pump. The system reverses the process in the summer to cool your home. A geothermal system also uses the earth’s temperature to heat water in place of a conventional hot water heater.

Geothermal heat pumps require little, if any, maintenance. Most of the system is buried underground in the form of pipes which are designed to last several decades. The system has a fan to propel the warmed or cooled air into the home which should be lubricated every few years if the bearing system isn't closed. Solar power systems also require little maintenance. However, with respect to both systems, the up front costs can be significant, depending on the size of your house and your hot water usage.

Both solar and geothermal systems are clean, efficient and quiet. Not only can you save significantly on your energy bills, but these systems will also increase your property value. In addition, with respect to solar systems, you may be able to take advantage of federal and state tax incentives to recoup 30% or more of a system’s cost. You may also be able to connect to the local electric power grid to sell back any unused electricity to the utility company. Even more important, you’ll be helping the environment and reducing the country’s dependence on foreign oil and other fossil fuels.

4/6/2009

 
 

 

 

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