Trying to sort through all the information, some of it reliable, some not, is a difficult proposition when trying to decide which type of alternative power you should use for your household energy needs.
There are as many opinions as there are people and it’s tough to know which advice to take. I’m here to help. In this article I’m going to give a brief overview of the two most common and inexpensive types of alternative energy sources available today. Once you have the facts you’ll have an easy time making the right choice.
Solar power and wind power are the two most common forms of energy for household use today. The technological advances that have been made over the last few decades has finally made it possible for the average homeowner to benefit by using these energy sources.
Using solar energy is when you absorb the heat of the sun into specially designed panels. That energy is converted into electricity and stored for later use. Solar panels can be mounted right on your roof.
While solar energy is a free, clean, and renewable source of energy it does have it’s drawbacks.
The first, and most obvious, is that it needs sun. That means it won’t generate electricity on cloudy days or at night.
Wind power is harnessed by wind turbines that turn that energy into electricity and store it in batteries for later use. Just like with solar power, you need wind in order to make the turbines work. Unlike solar power though, you can generate wind power day or night, whenever there is wind.
Both of these methods can help cut down your reliance on your utility company. Depending on where you live you may find that your best alternative power source is a combination of both solar and wind power. Whatever source you pick, just remember that the savings will continue for years to come and that will add up to a lot of money.