The cost of utilities in many parts of the country has become increasingly expensive; as a result an increasing number of home owners are looking at incorporating green options into their homes to help offset or even eradicate the high costs of powering their homes.
One of the easiest ways for home owners to reduce the cost of their utilities is to cut down on the amount of energy that they use in the home. Most home owners have been working on reducing their electrical and water usage for years and many utility companies give incentives for upgrading your appliances to energy efficient models. Reducing your usage is a good first step, but there are other ways that you can further reduce your dependency.
Many home owners choose to invest in renewable energy systems for their homes so that they rely less on the power company to run their home, but still have that option for when they need it. One popular type of solution is a solar energy system; solar panels tend to be low maintenance and in many areas of the country they can provide energy all year round.
Your solar energy system can, in some areas, be grid-tied or hooked up to the electrical system of your home so that when your system is making more energy than you’re using you can sell it back to the power company. During the times of the day that your system is making a small amount or no energy, then you can use electricity from the power company. Some home owners find that their systems make enough energy during the day light hours that they can break even on what they use in relation to what they sell to the electrical company on their monthly bill.
With global concerns about the high economic and environmental costs of energy these days, there is a lot of incentive for research into newer and better forms of solar energy systems for commercial and residential use. While most residential solar energy systems are using some form of photovoltaic panels, there is an increasing amount of research being done on alternatives to the big black panels. Researchers in New York have been developing solar collectors that utilize clear pyramid shapes on the outside of high-rise windows to collect energy, giving a tall building much more collecting space than it would have if just the rooftop was utilized. This technology might be available for residents living in high-rise condos in years to come.
Whatever type of solar collection technology that you’re looking to incorporate into your home, now or in the future, take the time to do some research on your own before starting work. Make sure that you use a contractor who is experienced with installing alternate energy systems for best results; and remember, a good system can not only pay for itself over time, but can also add to the resale value of your home for years to come.
Everything you need to know about Santa Cruz real estate is right here at MySantaCruzRealEstate.com. Lauren Spencer, Coldwell Banker Realtor will be glad to answer your questions about homes in Aptos CA.
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